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Around Aspen: Bash for buddies

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Aspen Times Weekly
MEHHere is the staff of the Buddy Program who put on the annual Boogie's Bash for the Buddies at the Gondola Plaza and the Sundeck. Left to right are Kaitlyn Archambault, Catherine Anne Provine who is director of the Buddy Program, Heather Hicks, Sole Lowe, Kim Kraunz, Lindsay Lofaro and Karmen Pittenger.

July is full of parties but one of the biggest and most successful is “Boogie’s Bash for the Buddies” given every July 1, usually at the Merry-Go-Round Ranch of Boogie (Lennie) Weinglass, but this year held in two places for a change…the cocktail party and silent auction at the Gondola Plaza and the dinner and dance at The Sundeck.

I went to the cocktail party at the Plaza while May Selby went to the dinner dance so the people we photographed are mostly different. I got a nice shot of Tony Mazza with Caroline Hogue. Years ago Tony was the Big Buddy for Caroline”s son, Colin Norman, who is now 26 years old and teaching English in Taiwan. Despite the distance, Tony and Colin have mainntained a lifetime friendship. Tony was one of the honorees at the Buddy Bash as were Melissa and Russ Wight, Jessica and Bill Budinger, and Marianne and Don Buchholz. The honorees have all been advocates and generous donors to the Buddy Program.

Since 1973, the Buddy Program has been providing mentoring relationships to young people in need of support, guidance and companionship. Volunteers from the community mentor the local children and the program is overseen by director Catherine Ann Provine with her staff. The office is in the Red Brick Art and Recreation Center on Hallam Street.

Holding their annual picnic at the Grottos on Independence Pass on Tuesday are Jack Crawford, Helga Matuska with David and Joann Grimes.

Undercurrent…We’ve had company from the East Coast and how they have enjoyed the hiking around Aspen, having a drink at the tables outside The Red Onion, bicycling to the Woody Creek Taven for lunch, and an afternoon at the Vapor Caves in Glenwood.


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