Scrabble tournament Nov. 9 aids children in foster care

The fourth annual Scrabble Tournament fundraiser will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9. All event proceeds benefit the Waiting Child Fund and its efforts to find permanent families for children in foster care. 

The tournament will run from 3–6 p.m. at Rockefeller's Restaurant, 3099 Mayfield Road. Vikki and Todd Webster, residents of Cleveland Heights, are the hosts. The $40 ticket includes appetizers, drinks, and a chance to test one's Scrabble skills and win prizes.

"Our favorite thing about this event is the laughter and joy it brings to all of the participants. It is a direct reflection of how the children must feel after being placed in a secure and safe permanent home," said Vikki Webster.

The tournament raised a little more than $2,000 each of its first two years. In 2012, thanks to a generous anonymous-match sponsor, it raised more than $10,000. The event is supported by guests, auction item donors, and sponsors who are committed to the mission of the Waiting Child Fund.

Founded in 2007, the organization seeks families for those children who have waited the longest, while simultaneously working to reduce the number of children who enter the foster care system.

Participation is limited to 60 players, and table sponsorships are available. Register at For more information, contact Vikki Webster at

Mike Kenney

Mike Kenney is the co-founder and co-director of the Waiting Child Fund.

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Volume 6, Issue 11, Posted 12:01 PM, 11.04.2013