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Vail Daily letter: Successful event

The Vail Pet Partners Wagging Tales program wishes to thank Ellen Miller for organizing and hosting the seventh annual Climb for Literacy. Miller, an accomplished mountaineer, created the event as a way for local youth to use their climbing passion to help others. Thousands of sponsored vertical feet were scaled on the climbing wall at the Vail Athletic Club under the supervision of coaches Larry Moore, Courtney Moore, Justin Miller, Tim Daily, Corey Gera and Mike Kimmel. Over $15,000 was raised to promote literacy in Eagle County with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting local nonprofits.

The Wagging Tales program partners young readers with certified “reading dogs” and their handlers who assist them in improving their reading skills. This innovative, low-tech initiative has been hugely successful in local schools over the past several years. We deeply appreciate the opportunity to continue to impact reading fluency in so many lives. Thank you, Ellen, climbers, coaches, parents, sponsors, generous donors and four-legged friends.

Blondie Vucich