Lorain, Ohio, April 19, 2023: United Way of Greater Lorain County invites the public to its signature fundraiser, A Night at the Bee. Presented by Nordson Corporation, A Night at the Bee returns to in-person on Friday, April 28th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Emerald Event Center in Avon.

The event is a fun game night-style competition for adults that includes four categories of Spelling, History, STEM and Art. Four teams in each category will compete for the $1,000 grand prize courtesy of Ross Environmental Services and the champion’s traveling trophy.

Community members can purchase tickets for $45 per person, which includes buffet dinner and one drink ticket, or donate to the event at uwloraincounty.org/thebee2023. All proceeds from the event support United Way’s local education initiatives including community collaboratives focused on kindergarten readiness and middle school success in the Clearview, Elyria, Firelands, Lorain, Midview and Oberlin school districts.

Themed after a night at the races, spectators are actively engaged in the competition through the 50/50 Honey Pot Raffle. Each team in the competition will have a separate container, called a honey pot, used to collect raffle tickets. Spectators then purchase raffle tickets and decide which pot to place their tickets. The pots, and the tickets within them, will be eliminated as their corresponding teams are eliminated from the competition. At the conclusion of the game, one 50/50 raffle ticket will be pulled from the honey pot of the winning team, and the owner of this ticket will win half of the money raised in the raffle.

Other festivities include a diverse silent auction including family entertainment, local breweries and restaurants, and autographed memorabilia from the Browns, Cavaliers and Guardians.

“The Bee is such a fun event that wouldn’t be possible without the loyal support of the teams and the generosity of our community,” said United Way of Greater Lorain County president and CEO Ryan Aroney. “We’re excited to see who emerges victorious and can add their name to the coveted traveling trophy. Most importantly, we’re thrilled that the success of this event will help kids prepare for kindergarten and succeed in middle school and beyond.”

Additional event sponsors include the Chronicle-Telegram, the Emerald Event Center, Fifth Third Bank, Kendal at Oberlin, the Morning Journal, Oberlin College, Pulse Magazine, The Stocker Foundation, WEOL Radio, WOBL/WDLW Radio, Avient Corporation, CommStar Credit Union, Dawn Dailey CPA, First Federal Savings of Lorain, Kinetic by Windstream, Lorain County Chamber of Commerce, Lorain County Community College, Lorain Public Library System, Meijer and Ross Builders.

To learn more about United Way’s education initiatives, visit uwloraincounty.org/education.



United Way of Greater Lorain County leads community-wide innovation to tackle problems that most people say can’t be solved. In unforgiving cities, overlooked townships, and seemingly docile suburbs. We find every dollar we can to address them. But we are more than the fundraisers. United Way brings together over 150 organizations to power 10 Community Collaboratives. Together, we fight for the health, education, and financial stability of low-income working families who need our help in Greater Lorain County. We have one life. To live better, we must Live United. Learn more at uwloraincounty.org or by calling 440-277-6530