TYLER (KYTX)-The twenty third annual Corporate Spelling Bee was held today to raise money for the Literacy Council of Tyler.

Seventeen local businesses spent the afternoon battling against each other.

This year's theme was broadway musicals.

Mentoring minds won both the spirit stick, the award for the most enthusiastic team, and the bee.

The winning word was connoisseur.

The event raised sixty seven thousand dollars for the Literacy Council of Tyler, surpassing the original goal of sixty five thousand.

The Literacy Council provides education to adults to help with reading, writing and speaking skills.