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Women’s Foundation to talk education, civil rights

VAIL, Colorado – A luncheon Wednesday hosted by the Vail Valley Regional Steering Committee of The Women’s Foundation of Colorado will feature civil rights advocate Carlotta Walls LaNier.

LaNier will address education equity and the necessity of education in today’s competitive economy. Net proceeds from this event will support the annual campaign to benefit Colorado’s women and girls through the statewide work of The Women’s Foundation of Colorado. A portion of the proceeds will also be granted to a nonprofit organization in Eagle County serving women and girls.

In 1957, at age 14, LaNier and eight other students integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., and became known as the Little Rock Nine. This act of courage became the catalyst for change in the American educational system.

In 1999, President Bill Clinton and members of Congress presented the nation’s highest civilian award, the Congressional Gold Medal, to LaNier and the other members of the Little Rock Nine for their sacrifice and contribution to the cause of equality.

Dr. Judy Caligiuri, Counselor and Educator at Red Canyon High School, will receive the inaugural Excellence in Service to Women and Girls in Eagle County Award for her tireless efforts on behalf of the valley’s students.

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Since 1979, Dr. Caligiuri has worked at Battle Mountain High School and, most recently, Red Canyon High School, guiding students on their paths to high school degrees and helping them find their way to economic self-sufficiency.

The silent auction begins at 10:30 a.m., with the luncheon following at noon. The event will be at the Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek. Tickets are $60 per person and are almost sold out, so call Lisa Pease at 970-471-3396 to check availability.

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