Baseball Bonanza 2019 Information

Dear Friend of Literacy,

We invite you to join us on Tuesday evening, March 26th , 2019 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, located at 2423 West 26th Street, for Joplin NALA Read’s 20th annual Baseball Bonanza, formerly known as the All-Star Spell Ball.

The goal of this event is to promote literacy awareness and raise $10,000 to provide funding for the programs and services we offer to our students. As a not-for-profit, Joplin NALA Read serves more than 150 students per year. We do this on a pared-down budget of $74,000 which covers the Director’s salary, facility costs, books and materials. With no government support and projected reductions in our income, we are depending on the proceeds from Baseball Bonanza to help fill the funding gap.

 We do not charge for our services because we believe everyone has the right to literacy. Your participation is appreciated, and needed, so we can keep meeting the needs of adults in the four-state community.

 There are a number of ways you can help out at Baseball Bonanza:

  1. Contribute items for a silent auction

  2. Enter a team consisting of three players for $150

  3. Be a Baseball Bonanza Inning Sponsor for $200

  4. Volunteer to help during Baseball Bonanza

  5. Come out to Baseball Bonanza and cheer on the teams!

Whatever you decide, we will be glad to accept your contribution and list you or your company in our program for the evening. We look forward to your joining us for 2018 Baseball Bonanza.

Grace Clouse,
Executive Director of Joplin NALA Read

SPELL BALL 2018 was a Blast!

Spell Ball 2018 is March 27th, 2018

Spell Ball 2018 will be at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 2423 W. 26th St. Joplin MO on
Tuesday evening, March 27, 2018. Teams should come at 5:30; the program begins at 6:00.

What is Spell Ball?

Our signature fundraiser—Joplin NALA Read’s Spell Ball—combines spelling and baseball. Teams of three from businesses or clubs or individuals sign on with an entry fee of $150 and are given a word list to study (if they wish!)

How Does it Work?

Teams are placed in one of two leagues, representing their league in just one inning of play. In each inning three words are pitched to each team. Team members consult with each other and decide on the spelling. A correct answer scores a run for their league. Teams are encouraged to bring along fans to cheer for them, and there is no entry fee for attending Spell Ball.

What if I'm Not On a Team?

In-between inning entertainment showcases Karen’s Dance Troupe, Becky Browne’s Tai Chi, Ketchup/Mustard Race, Audience Participation Game, and NALA Students Pitching.

In addition, the Dishes-Around- the-World- Bake-Sale complements the excellent food prepared by the Ladies of St. Paul’s for your enjoyment at the concession area. You’ll also find Silent Auction
items you can’t live without at the Spell Ball.

How Can I Sponsor Spell Ball?

We invite sponsors of each inning at a fee of $200. Their logo will be featured along with an announcement at the beginning of their inning. Sponsors may provide videos or a person from their organization in a one-minute advertisement.

Spell Ball 2017 is a $7,500 Grand Slam for Literacy

Thank you teams, sponsors, and fans! You raised $7500 which will provide 500 hours of instruction to adult learners, helping them increase essential skills - skills that give access to a better life and make our community strong.

Thank you for making 2016 All-Star Spell Ball a success!

MSSU - PRSSA Spell Ball team

MSSU - PRSSA Spell Ball team


Kevin Hamilton, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
Logan Stanley, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
Martin Luther School Board
Corner Greer & Associates, Inc. Architects
Schuber Mitchell

2016 All-Star Teams:

-  Martin Luther School 2nd Grade
-  Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School 2nd Grade
-  Freeman Health System
-  Mercy
-  Empire District Electric Co.
-  PrimeTime Rentals
-  Southwest Missouri Bank
-  AAUW (American Association of University Women)
-  Dan & Shy Rees (past champions)

Congratulations League 'LA'
on your All-Star Spell Ball 2016 WIN


Binky Guy Textiles
Karen Rutledge - State Farm Insurance Agency
Tri-State Engineering
Mitzi Starkweather Photography

CONCESSIONS - St. Paul's Lamp Lighter Ladies                                             VENUE HOSTS - St. Paul's United Methodist Church



by: Mitzi Starkweather Photography


The goal of this event is to let the community know about the free help we offer adults who need to improve their reading, math, or English as a Second Language skills. In addition, we look forward to raising $10,000 so that we can continue to offer this help to our students. Students like Tom. Tom knew he wanted to read better so he could move up in his job situation and read at the Bible study he attended. But he was hesitant about coming in. Then one day, he took the plunge and walked in to ask for help. Working with his tutor, Tom has progressed from a 5th grade reading level to a 9th grade. The potential was there—he just needed a hand up—which beats a handout any day. And he continues studying!



Champions - Heartland Concert Band                                                       Sportsmanship Award - W-Cubed

Consolation Award - Leggett & Platt                                                          Spirit Award - AAUW


Champions  --  AAUW 
Consolation Award  --  W-Cubed

Sportsmanship Award  --  Heartland Concert Band 
Spirit Award  --  Freeman Health System Spellcheck


Champions  --  First Christian Church
Consolation Award  --  Freeman "Social Spellers"

Sportsmanship Award  --  Leggett & Platt 
Spirit Award  --  Kiwanis Club of Joplin