Portland, February 11th, 2016. Dave Hellfrey (aka Baron Von Goolo the Mayor of Frighttown) took the top honors at the Celebrity Spelling Bee. One of the sponsors, OnPoint Community Credit Union, thanked supporters for raising over $160K for Schoolhouse Supplies. Howard Jay Patterson of the Flying Karamozov Brothers came in second. Baron Von Goolo won with a correct spelling of saithe and trilobite. Ten local celebrities threw their hats in the ring to support Schoolhouse Supplies.
Schoolhouse Supplies provides supplies for kids in need. Here’s a video about the nonprofit’s work.
Here’s a list of participants:
Judges: Drew Carney – TV Personality, KGW Newschannel 8, Zia McCabe – Dandy Warhols, Two-Time Bee Champion.
Celebrity Spellers 2016:
John Erickson, Former Champion – On-Air Personality K103fm
April Baer – Host, OPB’s State of Wonder
Cameron Whitten – Social Justice Activist, Executive Director of Know Your City
Larry Wilder – Musician and National Yodeling Champion
Ellen Jackson – Chef and Cookbook Author
Niel DePonte – Oregon Symphony Percussionist and Oregon Ballet Theater Conductor
Darius Pierce – Actor, Grimm, Portlandia and more
Baron Von Goolo – Mayor of Scare, Frighttown
Cassidy Quinn – TV Personality, KGW Newschannel 8
Howard Jay Patterson – Flying Karamazov Brothers
Here’s a humorous interview conducted by Schoolhouse mascot “Pencil Pete” with Entertainer Dave Hellfrey (aka Baron Von Goolo the Mayor of Frighttown.)
BVG: Dr. Frankensss…uh, sense. Dr. Frankensense. It was Sunday school.
BVG: Most Likely To Be Chased By Angry Villagers With Torches
BVG: I have five witnesses saying I was nowhere near the principal that day and besides, the police have no proof. Next question, please.
BVG: Chainsaw. (It was graduate school.)
BVG: I assume it’s counting towards my community service.
BVG: Last Halloween when Cassidy Quinn interviewed me at FrightTown, she totally hit on me during the commercial breaks. She’ll deny it, though.
The benefit raises funds to stock the “Free Store for Teachers” and ensure that every child in our community has the tools they need to succeed.
From Schoolhouse Supplies:
Our mission, “to serve classrooms in need by operating a volunteer-run Free Store for Teachers, which is stocked with supplies donated by the community,” is based on the belief that every child deserves school supplies and has the right to a quality education regardless of circumstance.
Schoolhouse Supplies operates Oregon’s first and only volunteer-run Free Store for Teachers to provide teachers with the classroom supplies needed to encourage the learning process for all students, and the Tools for Schools backpack program to support the highest-need school communities in Portland. Today, we are a nationally recognized leader in the Free Store movement, which creates direct links between students and members of the community.