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A kiss for your list

Dear Editor:

Kissing a pig may seem like a strange way to celebrate victory in any contest, especially one that supports an organization focused on the well-being of our valley’s youth. But the unusual ritual has become a staple in our community, and it’s here once again.

YouthZone’s Kiss-n-Squeal campaign is in full swine … er, swing, the 22nd year of our marquee fundraising event. We are so proud of our fundraising “candidates”: Amy Fetterhoff, JoAnna Quick, Peter Tibbetts, John Goss, Debbie Lundin, Alida and Nancy Eide, Bryan Chochon and Steve Paul. These otherwise ordinary valley residents have put themselves in the public eye to raise money for YouthZone. Every dollar they raise counts as a “vote,” and the candidate with the most votes puckers up to the kissable lips of Rambo.

We have a lofty but very reachable goal of $105,000 this year. Because it’s such an important event for YouthZone, contributing more than 12 percent of our operating budget, we respectfully ask you to consider “voting” for your favorite candidate.

As a leader in youth programming and advocacy from Aspen to Parachute, YouthZone is dedicated to providing opportunities for youth to be responsible, contributing members of their families and society.

How is giving to YouthZone worthwhile? Consider this: 75 percent of youth offenders in our valley referred by the court do not commit another crime as a juvenile after being involved with YouthZone.

Kiss-n-Squeal runs through Aug. 8. You can donate online by clicking on the “Kiss-n-Squeal” link at http://www.YouthZone.com or by calling us at 970-945-9300.

Sincere thanks.

Lori Mueller

Executive director, YouthZone

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