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Readers Say Thanks

Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

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 all 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 “orchidaceous.”



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 thanks to all the spellers and their team sponsors. They 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. Thanks 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. Their 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

After attending the fundraiser for the Fautsko family this afternoon, I am once again reminded how grateful I am to be a part of this community. On numerous occasions I have watched the people of Glenwood Springs come together to support each other during times of need.

Our family was on the receiving end of this generous outpouring when we lost our home to a fire, so I know firsthand the healing that takes place on so many levels when friends, neighbors and strangers rally on your behalf.

I hope that as we grow, we always retain our wonderful caring spirit. Thank you Glenwood Springs.

Stacie Durrett

Glenwood Springs


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