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Vail Daily letter: Thanks for support

On behalf of the students, staff and executive board at the Family Learning Center in Edwards, we would like to offer a very hearty "thank you" to the donors and participants that made the 14th annual Barbara Treat Memorial Golf Tournament an enormous success.

The Family Learning Center is a not-for-profit organization that relies on monetary contributions from community members, awarded grants, and proceeds from the tournament to keep the lights on and the staff's positivity flowing. This annual fundraiser goes a long way in supporting our belief that all children deserve access to a great start in learning and in life. Our caring, certified teachers bring experience and passion to each classroom while setting children up for a successful transition from preschool to elementary school.

Barbara Treat was a champion of early childhood education; her legacy continues to grow with every donation, sponsorship and volunteer opportunity that benefits the children of the Family Learning Center. The festivities for the 14th annual golf tournament began last Tuesday night at the breathtaking Walden House in Lake Creek. Over 100 Family Learning Center supporters gathered for an evening of fellowship and fun. Those in attendance sipped wine and were busy bidding on a long list of silent auction items that ranged from restaurant and spa gift certificates to fly fishing trips and rounds of golf at some of the county's most exclusive courses.

When the live auction began, many guests had their eyes on winning First Light/First Tracks for eight on Vail or Beaver Creek Mountain, hosting dinner parties with the help of local, established chefs, and a fabulous four-night stay in a two-bedroom ocean view suite at stunning Atlantis that included airfare. The charitable giving was not over once the live auction ended, however, as a guest decided the pond deserved a swimmer if those in attendance were able to provide a significant spike to the fundraising efforts that evening. Once the figures were met, the guest happily shed any inhibitions and showed everyone in attendance his best strokes.

A special thanks is also in order to everyone at Cordillera Valley Club, the generous host of the Barbara Treat Memorial Golf Tournament this year. Golfers were impressed by the pristine and well manicured conditions of the course while being challenged with the picturesque features of each hole. Charles Hays, chef and co-owner of Vin 48 Restaurant and Wine Bar in Avon, told me that he looks forward to this event every year. "Being able to play at this magnificent course while helping such a worthwhile cause as Family Learning Center really speaks volumes about how important it is for our community to care about early childhood education."

The Family Learning Center focuses on seven key values: respect, compassion, independence, celebration of diversity, joy of learning, appreciation of nature and honesty. The financial support from our donors ensures these values will be the cornerstone of classrooms which in turn will result in lifelong learning and better academic outcomes for our students.

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Whether big or small, every contribution to the Family Learning Center has a direct and positive impact on a child's future, their classmates and teachers. If you would like to be a champion of early childhood education or take part in next year's Barbara Treat Memorial Golf Tournament you can make a donation by visiting http://www.flcedwards.org as well as our Facebook page. Thank you once again for your continued support.

Patrick Whitehurst

Communications and development officer, Family Learning Center

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