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Greg Mortenson slated to speak June 14

DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT

BRECKENRIDGE Mountain to Mountain, a Breckenridge-based nonprofit organization established to coordinate fundraising efforts for projects in remote mountain areas around the world, will host Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea and executive director of the Central Asia Institute (CAI), for two public events on Thursday in Breck. The High Tea fundraiser will be at 6 p.m. at the Riverwalk Center, followed by a presentation, Q&A and book signing at 7:30 p.m. The event will include music from the National Repertory Orchestra, as well as photo exhibits from a UN photojournalist working in Afghanistan, and a photojournalist who has traveled with Mortenson in the Himalayan regions. At the event, Mortenson will talk about his 10-year journey from a failed attempt at K2 to his humanitarian commitment of building schools for girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Mountain to Mountains 2007 goal is to raise at least $50,000, which will fund another school to be built by Mortenson. To date, Mortenson and CAI have built 58 schools, serving 24,000 students, 14,000 of whom are girls.Tickets for the High Tea Fundraiser are $75 and an R.S.V.P. is required. Admission to the author event is a $10 donation to CAI. To purchase a ticket to the fundraiser, make a donation or volunteer with the events, contact Shannon Galpin at Shannon.galpin@comcast.net or (970) 376-0754. In addition to the June 14 events, Mountain to Mountain will host Race for the Mountains, a trail race to be held on Peak 8 of Breckenridge Ski Resort on June 24. Race for the Mountains will feature a 10-mile trail race up Peak 8, a 5k short course for runners and walkers, and a Kids Fun Run for families. 100 percent of entry fees will benefit CAI. Register at http://www.active.com.All individual donations, up to $15,000, will be matched, thanks to a challenge grant led by a group of individuals in Breckenridge.

On Tuesday, Lynn Drakos of A Balanced Crane Acupuncture Clinic (located with Oasis 9600 at 1760 Airport Road) will donate all proceeds from the day to the Central Asia Institute as part of the Mountain to Mountain fundraising effort to build a school in central Asia.Call (970) 547-9415 to make an appointment.


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