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Letter: A true community effort

The Buddy Program would like to thank Helen DeFrance and Jim Fifield for hosting the Second annual Gingerbread House Workshop on Dec. 7. The joy in the room was palpable as more than 160 Big and Little Buddies decorated more than 80 houses under Helen's expert guidance. Thirty current and former high school Big Buddies from our peer-to-peer programs in Aspen, Carbondale and Basalt volunteered to help distribute candy and decorate gingerbread houses. We also are indebted to Simon Chen, Pete Hayda and all of the staff of The Little Nell, which generously donated the space, supplies and labor, and to Italian Wine Merchants for donating the wine for our sponsor reception. This event has quickly become one of the largest of the 20 free Buddy Pair activities that we sponsor each year.

This special event also has become an important fundraising event for the Buddy Program, and we raised more than $55,000 thanks to Jim and Helen and the generous support of our table sponsors: Charles Cunniffe Architects, Coldwell Banker Mason Morse, Don Drapkin, Adam Goldsmith, the Gorsuch Family, Lorrie Wright-LaRose and Tim LaRose, Mona Look-Mazza and Tony Mazza, Bill Powers, Kathy Ross and David Houggy, Angie and Gary Stewart, and Wells Fargo the Private Bank. Thank you to all who supported this event! This was truly a community effort and we are very thankful for the funds that were raised to benefit the Buddy Program's five youth-mentoring programs — a wonderful and exciting way to end another fantastic year here at the Buddy Program.

David Houggy

Executive director, Buddy Program

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