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Elizabeth Edwards will speak at Vail Valley Celebration of Life luncheon

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Elizabeth Edwards

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado “-Elizabeth Edwards, advocate for healthcare and children’s causes, author and breast cancer survivor, will be the featured speaker at the Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group’s (VBCAG) 15th annual Celebration of Life luncheon.

“We feel so privileged to bring Elizabeth Edwards to the Vail Valley,” said VBCAG co-founder, Patti Weinstein. “We’ve already begun getting reservations from the people that have heard ‘the buzz.'”

In addition to her many accomplishments, Edwards has inspired countless women through her willingness to publicly share her battle with breast cancer through her book, “Saving Graces: Finding Solace and Strength from Friends and Strangers,” a memoir of her trials, tragedies and triumphs and how so many communities have celebrated her joys and offered her steady strength and quiet hope in darker times.

The Beaver Creek Resort Co. is the presenting sponsor of the event, which will be held on July 14 at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch. The day’s events will begin with a silent auction at 11 a.m., followed by the luncheon and Edwards’ presentation. The cost is $100 per person.

A champion for children and an accomplished attorney, Edwards has been a tireless worker on behalf of important social causes. She is currently working with the Center for American Progress as a Senior Fellow, focusing on healthcare issues.

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Edwards graduated from the University of North Carolina’s Law School in May 1977. Soon she was employed by the North Carolina Attorney General’s office where she worked for the Department of Natural Resources and Community Development and the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act.

From 1984 to 1996 Edwards worked at the Raleigh law firm, Merriman, Nicholls and Crampton. She also taught legal writing as an adjunct instructor at UNC Law School for two years, and in 1996-97, was a member of the first group of Public Fellows at the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC.

Edwards is the proud mother of four children: Catharine, Emma Claire and Jack. Her first child, Wade, died in 1996, at which time she helped to establish the Wade Edwards Foundation and created a computer-learning center for youngsters in Raleigh. Over the years she volunteered with the parent-teacher associations at her children’s school as well as at Goodwill Industries and was a “soccer mom.”

The Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group was co-founded in 1993 by Avon resident, Brenda Himelfarb and Edwards resident, Patti Weinstein.

Since its inception, The VBCAG has raised more than $600,000.

For sponsor opportunities, reservations or more information, call 970-479-8595.

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