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Fashion show aids Literacy Project

Carolyn Pope

If you want to know what’s hot this season, just ask a Doncaster gal, and you’ll know what’s hot and what’s not, what’s in and what’s out. It’s gone from “J-Lo to Harlow,” from “pop divas to grand dames,” Doncaster regional representative Barbara Feeney said.Fall fashions were shown off for a good cause Monday afternoon at the beautiful home of Bud and Betsy Knapp. Women – and a handful of wise men – admired the latest in what Doncaster is offering this fall while enjoying a luncheon prepared by Sue Provost and her team at Mountain Catering. And the whole purpose was to raise money to help people learn to read.This was Barbara Treat’s and Cookie Flaum’s third year chairing the event.”Both of us have a passion for reading,” Treat said. “Noon or night, we both read. To get further ahead in life, you have to be able to read.”Alena Tosanovic, an eighth grader at Berry Creek Middle School, was paired with newly graduated Jodi Fleischman, who has volunteered in the program for three years.”Last year was my first year, said Tosanovic, who is originally from Sarajevo. “I was struggling with my classes, couldn’t get my assignments and I wasn’t confident. Now, I’m confident and prepared to go into eighth grade. Reading and language are my favorite classes, and this year I’m going to get all As and Bs!”Fleischman agreed – the program is great. “I’ve been able to get to know some extraordinary kids,” Fleischman said. “Sometimes, the best thing you can say to them is, ‘How was your day?’ I’ve seen them go from being reluctant to verbose.”Featured at the luncheon were the Alpine Swines, part of Alpine Bank’s Project for Literacy. Two giant hogs were there to greet the guests. The program features 15 pigs that will be auctioned off beginning Sept. 15. Anyone can view and bid on the pigs at Alpine Bank’s Web site at http://www.alpinebank.com, or call Andrea Glass at 748-5704. The Literacy Project, headed up by executive director Colleen Gray, helps people throughout the valley learn to read and learn English as a second language. For more information on the Literacy Project, call 949-5026 or e-mail them at literacy@vail.net.


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