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Spellebrate good times

Dear Editor:

Many volunteers work together to make Spellebration, the major fundraiser benefiting Literacy Outreach and Colorado Mountain College Learning Labs, a success.

As coordinator of the event this year, I was blessed to work with an astounding group of good Samaritans. Spellebration would not be possible without the help of creative and dedicated individuals (too numerous to mention here). I would, however, like to offer special thanks to “Enchanted Forest creator” Mindi Cabe, “Team coordinator” Mary Lou Haflinger, “Silent auction expert” Penny Farquhar and all the lovely CMC ladies, “Malevolent Millicent” Cynthia Cyr, “Red Riding Hood emcee” Adrian Rippy-Sheehy and “Fairy Godmother” Steve Shute.

Without the participation of teams and their sponsors, we’d have no spelling bee. Twenty-three-person teams came out that evening and spelled a variety of words, some as simple as “spinster” and “maiden” and others as difficult as “ctenoid” and “ordchidaceous”!

I appreciated everyone’s enthusiasm, not only to spell but to embrace this year’s theme of “Fairy Tales,” coming donned in very imaginative and clever costumes. Lots of ingenuity was obvious. I’d like to say “thank you” to all the spellers and their team sponsors. You all played a big part in making the evening enchanting.

While the spellers spelled, spectators perused the silent-auction items. There was a wide variety of wonderful items to bid on, all graciously donated by local businesses. Thank you to all the businesses from Carbondale to Rifle that donated. I wish I could list everyone individually.

Last, but certainly not least, I appreciate the support of all our corporate sponsors: Alpine Bank, Aspen Community Foundation, Bank of Colorado, CopyCopy, Garfield County Libraries, Glenwood Springs Post Independent, Gould Construction, KMTS and MPA Consulting Engineers. Your support really makes all the difference.

Spellebration is the culmination of many individuals who work together raising awareness and making illiteracy a fairy tale. I am looking forward to another successful Spellebration next year, and I hope to see you all there!

Angie Wiederhold

Advocate, Literacy Outreach

Glenwood Springs

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