Month: January 2020

2020 SCRABBLEMania Will Be Held on Friday January 31

Jan. 7, 2020

LiteracyCNY invites Central New York community members to compete in 10th annual SCRABBLEMania tournament

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – LiteracyCNY, a local nonprofit dedicated to promoting adult literacy, is hosting its 10th annual SCRABBLEMania tournament at 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. SCRABBLEMania is LiteracyCNY’s largest fundraiser and will support the organization’s programs. About 450 individuals are expected to attend the event, many of which will be playing on teams sponsored by Syracuse-area businesses and organizations.

“We are excited about the 10th annual SCRABBLEMania tournament being our biggest and best yet,” said Marsha L. Tait, LiteracyCNY’s Executive Director. “All proceeds will help provide Central New York adults with the literacy skills they need to break the inter-generational cycle of poverty and become economically self-sufficient.”

“We learned about the SCRABBLEMania event through a United Way presentation two years ago and discovered that a group of us were interested in forming a team,” said Roni Carvalho, HealtheConnections Data Quality Manager and SCRABBLEMania team captain (HealtheConnections was named the 2018 and 2019 tournament grand champion). “It’s been a lot of fun for a good cause and we’ve enjoyed the competition among all the teams. We’re looking forward to a three-peat this year!”

Teams of eight to 10 players will compete against each other in the SCRABBLEMania Tournament to build the highest possible scoring SCRABBLE® board in three 25-minute rounds of play. Prizes will be awarded to each round’s champion, and one team will be named the tournament’s grand champion.

The tournament will take place in the Marriott Syracuse Downtown’s Finger Lakes Ballroom, while refreshments, entertainment and raffle prizes will be offered to players in the adjacent foyer, in the Cavalier Room and in the hotel’s lobby. The event additionally includes a live performance from internationally acclaimed jazz musician and six-time SAMMY award winner Ronnie Leigh, as well as the return of 93Q’s Ted and Amy as celebrity emcees.

New This year: a live auction featuring amazing experiences conducted by famed auctioneer Bernie Brzostek!

For inquiries about corporate sponsorships, tables and individual tickets, please contact LiteracyCNY at (315) 471-1300 x172. Event details and registration information are available online at

About LiteracyCNY: LiteracyCNY’s mission is to provide adults in Central New York with the literacy tools and skills that they need to be contributing, productive, and engaged members of the community. We do this by advocating for adult education, providing instruction, and partnering with other community based agencies. Improving access to adult literacy addresses inter-generational poverty and makes our community stronger. LiteracyCNY enrolled more than 350 adult students last year and consistently exceeds its NYS Department of Education mandates. For more information, visit or contact