Around Aspen: Bash for Buddies
July 22, 2010
One of the biggest parties of every summer is Boogie’s Bash for the Buddies held at the Merry Go Round Ranch of Leonard “Boogie” Weinglass. The party was sponsored in part by Fendi and Peak magazine. Patrons who contributed $30,000 and up were Richard and Nancy Rogers and “Boogie” Weinglass. Patrons who contributed $20,000 and up were Lantz and Laura Welch. Contributing $15,000 and up were Andrew Cader, Warren Lichtenstein and Russ and Melissa Wight. The hors d’oeuvres were all contributed by restaurants in town.The Buddy Program is all about adults in the community mentoring at-risk children. Buddy Pairs meet three or four times a month, participating in a variety of activities such as hiking, swimming, skiing and making art.National statistics show that children who have a mentor are 46 percent less likely to use illegal drugs, 27 percent less likely to use alcohol and 52 percent less likely to skip school. When Aspen Youth Experience closed its doors this year, the Buddy Program started five new experiential programs of its own. It is reported that 52 percent of the Little Buddies are members of hard-working families earning less than $25,000 a year.It’s that time of year for all the benefits for non-profits.Friends of New Orleans held a reception, dinner and discussion at the home of Alex Kaufman on July 23. The group’s leaders explained that its mission is to advocate for New Orleans and its surrounding parishes and link individuals who want to help the communities in the devastated areas.The discussion was moderated by Walter Isaacson, president of the Aspen Institute and FONO founder.The July issue of Town & Country magazine included an article about The Hot Pink Party and part-time Aspen resident Evelyn Lauder. Evelyn founded The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and it has held the Hot Pink Party in the springtime in New York City for 16 years, raising more than $285 million for breast cancer research. The foundation’s annual Symposium and Awards luncheon will be held Oct. 27 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. Once a year the foundation brings the researchers they are proud of to New York City for the symposium and awards.Undercurrent … A family of magpies was born in our evergreen tree this spring and they have taken over our yard as their own.