Avon, Ohio – United Way of Greater Lorain County concluded its signature fundraiser, A Night at The Bee, on Friday, April 28th with The Queen Bees representing the Ready, Set, Go! Community Collaborative capturing the overall championship.

A Night at 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 took place at the Emerald Event Center in Avon with Craig Adams and Bruce Van Dyke of WEOL Radio serving as emcee and host. The competition was judged by Avon Lake City Schools superintendent Bob Scott.

Through the generosity of the community, United Way raised an estimated $21,000 from the event.

“I am constantly inspired by the compassionate giving of our community,” said United Way of Greater Lorain County, 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 were Wordly Wise representing Kendal at Oberlin in the Spelling Bee, Don’t Stop Beelievin’ representing Avient Corporation in the STEM Bee, The Hearty Bees representing North Ridgeville Heart & Sole Community Collaborative in the History Bee, and The Queen Bees representing Ready, Set, Go! Community Collaborative in the Art Bee. As the overall 2023 A Night at the Bee champion, The Queen Bees, 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 Fifth Third Bank, Kendal at Oberlin, Oberlin College, CommStar Credit Union, Pulse Magazine, Chronicle Telegram, The Morning Journal, WOBL/WDLW Radio, WEOL Radio, Avient, Dawn Dailey, CPA, First Federal Savings of Lorain, Kinetic by Windstream, Lorain County Chamber of Commerce, Lorain County Community College, Lorain Public Library System, Meijer, Ross Builders, and The Stocker Foundation.

To learn more about United Way’s education initiatives that are supported by the event, visit uwloraincounty.org/education


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 440-277-6530.

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