CoveCare Center created quite a “buzz” on Wednesday, May 15th, when 15 teams gathered at Centennial Golf Club for some friendly competition and teambuilding to out spell each other for the 1st Place Championship.

CEO Eric Toth kicked off the evening by introducing County Executive Kevin Byrne, who read the first round of words to the enthusiastic crowd. Veteran emcee Bill Hammond of Edward Jones, and CoveCare Center VP of Programs Krista Zanfardino then took over to lead the teams as they spelled their way through almost six rounds of words and eliminations before the remaining four teams entered the championship challenge.

The competition heated up before Brewster Rotary and Brewster Chamber of Commerce “Team Bizee Bees” claimed the 1st Place Trophy by correctly spelling the word “chiaroscuro”, meaning “the treatment of light and shade in drawing and painting.” The 2023 1st Place Winning Team, Patterson Rotary ”Team F-ing Bees”, claimed the 2nd Place Trophy. The Plaza at Clover Lake Team “The Clover Bees” was awarded the coveted Most Enthusiastic Team Trophy.

Other teams who attempted to out spell each other at this lively event included Nuvance Health, Mahopac Library, Camp Herrlich, Key Bank, Kathleen M. Valletta, Hudson Valley Credit Union, PCSB Bank/Foundation, Carmel/Brewster Flower Club, and Search for Change

Many thanks to all of our sponsors, teams and volunteers for being a part of this great evening!

Join us for the 2024 CoveCare Team Spelling Bee

Wednesday, May 15th ~ 5:30 p.m.

Centennial Golf Club

$50 per person/player

Show off your spelling skills and make a difference in the lives of people affected by mental health and substance use issues.

    • Compete for bragging rights and the 1st Place trophy – trophies also awarded for 2nd Place Team and Most Enthusiastic Team!

    • Teams consist of 10 players max, elimination after 3 misspelled words.

    • Stay in the game with a mulligan, $25 per mulligan when purchased in advance, $30 per at the event. Max of 5 mulligans per team.

    • $50 per person – includes game entry, dinner buffet, desserts & coffee/tea/soda – Cash bar available.

Bring a Team to the Bee

Sponsorship Levels

King Bee Sponsor – $2500

        • 2 Team of up to 10 Players to compete at the Bee.
        • Introduction at start of the Event with speaking opportunity
        • 2 Word Rounds – “This next round is sponsored by (your name/organization).”
        • 5 Mulligans – keeps you in the game longer!
        • Your logo/name on all promotional materials – press releases, social media, website, emails, event signage/program.

Queen Bee Sponsor – $1000

        • 1 Team of up to 10 Players to compete at the Bee.
        • 2 Word Rounds
        • 5 Mulligans
        • Your logo/name on all promotional materials.

Bumble Bee Sponsor – $750

        • 1 Team of up to 10 Players to compete at the Bee.
        • 1 Word Round
        • Your logo/name on all promotional materials.

Beehive OR Business Beehive Sponsor – $500

        • 1 Team of up to 4 Players OR a Vendor Table – to showcase your business at the event.
        • 1 Word Round 
        • Your logo/name in all promotional materials.

Word Round Sponsor – $100 per round

        • “This next round is sponsored by (your name/organization).”
        • Shout out on social media, event signage/program.

Become a Sponsor

Meet our Bee Emcees –

Bill Flash of Edward Jones & Krista Zanfardino, CoveCare VP of Programs

We are in need of Sponsors!

Thank you for your support & consideration.

Queen Bee Sponsors









Bumble Bee Sponsors

Beehive Sponsors



Media Sponsor

2024 Spelling Bee Flyer

2024 Bee FAQ’s

2024 Bee Rules & Procedures

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact the Development Team at [email protected]