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Vail Daily letter: Thanks for supporting The Literacy Project

The Literacy Project of Eagle County would like to offer a heartfelt thank-you to everyone who attended and supported our 2017 Spell-A-Bration adult spelling bee fundraiser on May 11. We had 48 contestants spelling their hearts out for literacy.

As always, we are grateful for and delighted by the support of the Eagle County community. All proceeds from the Spell-A-Bration help us to fulfill our mission: to empower Eagle Valley community members of all ages by offering free assistance in acquiring the English literacy skills they need to function more effectively in their daily lives.

Special thanks to our event sponsors: Vail Daily, Alpine Bank, The Bookworm of Edwards, Eagle Valley Temps, Sibley Plumbing and Heating, Select Surfaces, LIV Sotheby’s International Realty and West Vail Liquors. Our generous prize sponsors were 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Co., City Market, 808 Distillery, The Gashouse, Mount-N-Frame, Nicky’s Quickie, Safeway, Vail Golf Course and West Vail Liquors.

Thank you to our 12 teams of spellers, who tackled difficult words with aplomb. Congratulations to team “P-Y-N-Q-U-E,” the champions of the Spell-A-Bration: Joy Harrison, Barbara Meese, Cookie Murphy-Pettee and Karlene Spivak (who spelled the winning word). All four team members dazzled the crowd with their bright-pink attire and spelling prowess.

Above all, the Spell-A-Bration would not have been possible without the following team of wonderful volunteers: Tony Mauro, Jamie Harrison, Rob Davis, Meg Hanlon, Patti Held, Wendi Hanlon, Olga Barron, Adrienne Boblak, Linda Buckley, Kim Davies, Pam Greene, Kristin Rubis, Jody Talbot, Kari Thorne and Jill Warner. Special thanks to Linda Osterberg for “bringing back the bee” after a nine-year hiatus.

The 2017 Spell-A-Bration raised more than $5,000 in support of The Literacy Project’s six key literacy-education programs. That’s enough to tutor 10 adult literacy students for an entire year. Thank you to all our spelling bee supporters for BEE-lieving in the power of literacy to change lives.

Colleen Gray, Sloan Munter and Cortni O’Brien

The Literacy Project of Eagle County