New York Times bestselling author Mitch Albom to speak in Vail
VAIL ” The Vail Symposium and the Vail Valley Medical Center Foundation announce that Mitch Albom, New York Times bestselling author of “Tuesdays With Morrie” and “The Five People You Meet In Heaven,” will speak in Vail from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and Spa in Lionshead. Presented by The Vail Daily, 100 percent of the event’s proceeds will benefit the Women’s Cancer Coalition of the Vail Valley Medical Center.
In addition to authoring eight books, Albom is a nationally-syndicated newspaper columnist for the Detroit Free Press, nationally-syndicated radio host for ABC and a weekly panelist on ESPN’s Sports Reporters. A Philadelphia native, Albom graduated from Brandeis University and earned his master’s degrees in journalism and business administration from Columbia University in New York City. His background also includes stints as an amateur boxer, nightclub singer and pianist.
For 12 years, Albom has been named the top Sports Columnist in the Nation by the Sports Editors of America (APSE), the highest honor in his field. He has also received five first-place APSE honors for feature writing. No other columnist has won the APSE award more than once. During his storied career, Mitch has received more than 100 writing awards from AP, UPI, Headliners Club, National Sportswriters and Broadcasters Associations, and others.
Albom founded two charities in the metropolitan Detroit area. “The Dream Fund,” which was founded in 1989, allows disadvantaged children to become involved with the Arts. “A Time To Help,” founded in 1998, brings volunteers together once a month to tackle various projects in Detroit.
The Women’s Cancer Coalition (WCC) is a group of dedicated individuals specifically committed to fund-raising through special events and programs, benefiting cancer awareness in the Colorado mountain communities of Eagle, Summit and Lake Counties. All proceeds from the WCC sponsored events and programs are directed toward medical initiatives to target the early detection, education and prevention of cancer through various programs and resources at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center and Vail Valley Medical Center.
A nonprofit, grassroots organization, the Vail Symposium was created in 1971 as an educational, literary and cultural organization for the purpose of presenting programs that are stimulating, diverse and affordable for the Vail Valley.
The Vail Valley independent bookstores, Verbatim Booksellers and The Bookworm of Edwards, are donating 100 percent of their proceeds from books sold at the evening’s event. Verbatim Booksellers has been in Vail since 1983, and The Bookworm of Edwards opened in 1996.
Advance reservations are required due to limited seating and can be made by calling Lisa Pease at 569-7479, the Vail Symposium at 476-0954, or by visiting Verbatim Booksellers in Vail Village or The Bookworm of Edwards. Tickets are $20 per person, and 100 percent of the ticket cost will benefit the Women’s Cancer Coalition of the Vail Valley Medical Center.
For more information, contact Deb Luginbuhl of the Vail Symposium at (970) 476-0954, or Lisa Pease of the Vail Valley Medical Center Foundation at (970) 569-7479.