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Eagle movie premiere benefits Literacy Project

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Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE, Colorado – On March 22, 237 people came out to support The Literacy Project and see “The Hunger Games” movie on the night before its national release.

Through the generosity of Steve Lindstrom, the owner of The Capitol Theater in Eagle, and Alpine Bank, people in Eagle and Gypsum were able to see an early showing of “The Hunger Games” for a reasonable price and The Literacy Project was able to raise money to support their literacy programs in the Vail Valley.

There were people standing in line starting at 7 p.m. for the 10 p.m. showing, but even those that waited for three hours didn’t seem to mind the wait, as they had been waiting for months to see one of their favorite books brought to life on the big screen. The moviegoers were primarily Eagle Valley High School students and standing in line to get in seemed to be as much an event as the movie itself. Zoe Thrasher, a student at Eagle Valley, was a major promoter for the event, putting up flyers around the high school, posting on Facebook, and even doing a spot for the local radio station earlier that day.

Colleen Gray, director of The Literacy Project, was selling tickets at the door.

“I was very impressed with how well behaved the students were while waiting in line for three hours and how polite they were in buying their tickets,” Gray said.

As an added bonus, not a single person was turned away. The Literacy Project sold exactly the number of seats as people in the line. Even more than a fundraiser, this event was about getting the word out that The Literacy Project is here to help and looking for volunteers. The day after the event, The Literacy Project had an invitation from a high school teacher at Eagle Valley to come speak to the high school students next month about our Reading Buddies volunteer program.

The Literacy Project hopes to have an influx of volunteers and tutoring applications as a result of the event.

If you are interested in volunteering, check out The Literacy Project website, http://www.literacyprojecteaglecounty.org.

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