United Way's The Bee Fundraiser Raises Vital Funds for Local Education Collaboratives
United Way of Greater Lorain County concluded its signature fundraiser, The
Bee, on Saturday, April 30th with Takin’ Care of Buzzness capturing the overall championship.
The Bee is a team competition testing knowledge of spelling, art, history, and STEM that is
presented by Nordson Corporation in support of United Way of Greater Lorain County’s local
education initiatives focused on kindergarten readiness and middle school success.
The event broadcast live on United Way’s YouTube channel from Lorain County Community
College with Tim Alcorn of the Cleveland Cavaliers Radio Network and Bruce VanDyke of
WEOL Radio serving as hosts.
Through the generosity of the community, United Way raised over $21,000 from the event.
“I am constantly inspired by the compassionate giving of our community,” said United Way of
Greater Lorain County’s President and CEO, Ryan Aroney. “With these funds, we will maintain
our commitment to local students who need the support now more than ever.
The winning teams for each of the four categories are as follows: the Spelling Bee, Wordly Wise
representing Kendal at Oberlin; the STEM Bee, THRIVE Hive representing THRIVE! Southern
Lorain County Community Collaborative; the History Bee, Takin’ Care of Buzzness captained by
retired United Way of Greater Lorain County President and CEO Bill Harper; and the Art Bee,
Neutral Ghost representing Horizon Education Center. As the overall 2022 The Bee champion,
Takin’ Care of Buzzness, received a grand prize of $1,000 cash courtesy of Ross Environmental
Services and a traveling trophy with each team member’s name engraved. The trophy will be up
for grabs again in next year’s competition.
In addition to Nordson Corporation as the title sponsor and Ross Environmental Services as the
prize sponsor, event sponsors include CommStar Credit Union, the Community Foundation of
Lorain County, WOBL/WDLW Radio, the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce, Lorain County
Community College, Lorain Local Magazine, Ross Builders, and The Stocker Foundation.
To learn more about United Way’s education initiatives that are supported by the event,
United Way of Greater Lorain County leads community-wide innovation to tackle problems that
most people say can’t be solved. In unforgiving cities, overlooked townships, and seemingly
docile suburbs. We find every dollar we can to address them. But we are more than the
fundraisers. United Way brings together over 150 organizations to power 10 Community
Collaboratives. Together, we fight for the health, education, and financial stability of low-income
working families who need our help in Greater Lorain County. We have one life. To live better,
we must Live United. Learn more at uwloraincounty.org or by calling 440-277-653