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2010 Scripps Spelling Bee Winner a 'Star'

Posted Jun. 25, 2010

Fourteen-year old Anamika Veeramani of North Royalton, winner of the recent 2010 Scripps Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. appeared on a different kind of stage last Friday. The fourteen-year old  attended and appeared in Porthouse Theatre’s production of the Broadway musical production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” on Friday, June 18th.  Coincidentally, Veeramani, is donating her winning Dictionary to the nonprofit organization Safer Futures, who happened to have their annual fundraiser at Porthouse Theatre.  Veeramani met with the guests and organizers of Safer Futures prior to the show.

The dictionary garnered $135.00 for the Portage County nonprofit’s silent auction.  

In addition, Artistic Director of Porthouse Theatre, Terri Kent had pledged Porthouse Theatre to make a $100 donation to Safer Futures in Veeramani’s name if she joined the cast that night as a “guest speller” during the first act of the show.Terri Kent presented Anamika and her father with an oversized check during the show as her “consolation” prize for not going on in the “Bee”.

Anamika met the entire cast following the show.
Safer Futures
Safer Futures is a resource center shelter for women and children seeking freedom from domestic violence. We provide shelter, advocacy, moral support, education concerning domestic violence, and access to relevant community resources.

Pictured below is Anamika with the cast of the show, and Terri Kent presenting the donation for Safer Futures to Anamika and her father.

Anamika Veeramani and castTerri Kent, Porthouse Artistic Director, presents donation for Safer Futures to Anamika and her father


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