How To Host a Friends and Family Challenge Party

Host a game of SCRABBLE® in your home, office, church, school, or community center and raise money to support literacy in our community. Invite your friends, family, neighbors, students, and co-workers to challenge each other to a friendly game of SCRABBLE® and ask them to make a donation to LiteracyCNY. To register your Friends & Family Challenge Party, please call the office at 315-471-1300 X172 or email our Office Manager, Betsy Lang, at

Donations can be $10, $25, $50, or $100 – or any amount! There is no minimum amount to host a Friends and Family Challenge party, but we encourage you to set a fund raising goal. A group that raises at least $500 for LiteracyCNY will win a complimentary table at our SCRABBLE Mania Tournament on February 2, 2018 at SKY Armory (Value: $650)! Make your plans now and join the fun!

How to host a SCRABBLE Mania Friends and Family Challenge Party

Step 1: Choose a date and invite your friends

Who should you invite? Friends you don’t see enough; the regular weekend crew; your book, wine or social club members; co-workers; college pals; fellow church goers; neighbors; students; and family members.

Pick a date any time between now and January 13, 2018! What a fun way to celebrate the year-end holidays!

If you will have more than 25 people at your event and would like a representative of LiteracyCNY to stop by, please call the office at 471-1300 X172 to make arrangements.

Step 2: Register your Friends and Family Challenge Party

You must register your Friends and Family Challenge party to qualify for a free table at the SCRABBLE Mania Tournament in February! Call the LiteracyCNY office at 315-471-1300 X172 to register your event.

Step 3: Make a checklist

You’ll need some basic supplies for your party, like game boards, pencils and paper, refreshments, and a comfortable place to play! Be sure to send us photos after the party.

If you would like some information about LiteracyCNY to share at your party, contact our office at 471-1300 X172 or by email at and we’ll be sure to send you some.

Step 4: During your Friends and Family Challenge Party

Your guests will all be there because they want to make a difference and have some fun at the same time! It’s helpful to have someone who can assist you with hosting duties so that you can keep the game going and answer any questions that your guests may have. Your helper can keep refreshments flowing, drinks refilled, clean up any mishaps, and take photos for you.

You can collect donations at any time. Checks are best, but if your participants want to donate cash, be sure to include their names and contact information when you turn the proceeds in to us. We want to thank them for their support!

Step 5: After your Friends and Family Challenge Party

After the party (and the cleanup!) there are a couple of things for you to do.

Be sure to turn in your donations and contact information to LiteracyCNY by January 13, 2018 to qualify for a free table at the SCRABBLE Mania Tournament on  February 2, 2018 at Sky Armory.

We are located at:

100 New St.
Syracuse, NY 13202

Phone: 471-1300 X172 or email us at  to set up an appointment.

Office hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

We will thank your guests for their support, but a follow up thank you from the party host is always appreciated.

Have fun and thank you for your support!