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Better luck next time for Buddies

Abigail Eagye

When Boogie Weinglass decided to subdivide his property and build a spec home, he thought he might find some prospective buyers at an annual fundraising event.Weinglass has long supported Aspen’s Buddy Program, and each year, the organization’s fundraising gala takes place on Boogie’s property.Recognizing that it wouldn’t be fair to “use the Buddy Program’s people” to sell his house, Weinglass decided that if he found a buyer at the gala, he would donate a portion of the sale price to the Buddy Program.”It would have been pretty substantial,” he said, estimating that the Buddies might have walked away with $50,000-$100,000.”It was just very generous of him, and it could have been an amazing windfall,” said Catherine Anne Couch, executive director of the Buddy Program.In addition to offering space at his ranch for the annual gala, Weinglass also allows the organization to use his storefront during the July 4 Boogie’s Diner Buddy 5 Mile Race, and, Couch said, he calls every patron for donations for the fundraiser gala.Weinglass hasn’t broken ground yet on the new house, and he’s not sure if he will repeat the offer at next year’s gala.”I don’t know what I’m going to do tonight,” he said, but “maybe.”Abigail Eagye’s e-mail address is abby@aspentimes.com