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Full circle: Lutsen native Cindy Nelson comes home to support Higher Education in Cook County

Sep 04, 2019 08:37PM ● By Editor
Lutsen native and Olympic champion Cindy Nelson chats with Boreal Community Media Board Chair Jeff Latz at the Cook County Higher Education fund-raising event on Wednesday.  All photos from Boreal Community Media - September 4, 2019

From Boreal Community Media - September 4, 2019

Lutsen native and Olympic champion skier Cindy Nelson returned home Wednesday to help celebrate the Cook County Higher Education fund-raising event at the Summit Chalet at Lutsen Mountains.  More than 100 community members enjoyed the gondola ride to the Chalet on a beautiful September evening with the hint of turning leaves on the mountainside.

Cook County Higher Education Executive Director Karen Blackburn welcomed guests and thanked them for their support.  This annual event is the number one fund raiser for Higher Education and helps the non-profit organization provide post-secondary, vocational and other professional skills training across the region.

Nelson's heartwarming chat about growing up on the ski hills in Lutsen and how it prepared her for a career in Olympic skiing and a lifetime of achievements was enjoyed by the audience who gave Cindy a welcoming hero reception home to her roots.

Upon retiring from international ski racing, Nelson remained deep in the heart of skiing. She spent seven years as the Director of Skiing for Vail Associates, where she worked in PR. Marketing, RE, Ski School and Mountain Operations. In 1992, Cindy started her own business focusing her energies on her work in television broadcasting, personal appearances and consulting.  Today, her business is known as, Cindy Nelson Ltd. and although her primary source of work is still ski related, she has now broadened her services to include golf activities. Skiing and golf are her passions.   

At the Higher Education fund-raising event, more than 100 items were available to guests in the Higher Education's silent auction.  

Community members diligently examined items donated by CCHE sponsors before making bids during the silent auction. 

 The staff at Cook County Higher Education offered a warm welcome to the participants in Wednesday's fund-raising event.

 Jim Boyd, Executive Director of the Cook County Chamber of Commerce was on hand to lend his support to Cook County Higher Education.

To learn more about how you can participate in the programs offered by Cook County Higher Education and provide financial support, follow this link to their website.

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