Buddy Program gives nod to its sponsors, helpers
Dear Editor:Many people agree that there is no better way to start the Fourth of July celebration than with one of Aspen’s most popular traditions: the annual Boogie’s Diner Buddy five-mile race and one-mile Family Walk to benefit the Buddy Program! Whether to challenge themselves on the five-mile course or to enjoy a leisurely walk on a beautiful day, more than 800 participants gathered on Wednesday at the corner of Cooper Avenue and Hunter Street to support a worthy cause: the Buddy Program and our local youth. This race, celebrating its 31st anniversary, provides funding to support more than 600 local youth from Aspen to Parachute through mentoring and other vital services such as counseling, scholarships and activities.The Buddy Program would like to acknowledge all those who contributed to the success of this wonderful event. Through the generosity and enthusiasm of our race participants; the work of race producers Erika Leavitt and Seth Turok, volunteer coordinator Natasha Lucero, course director Ned Ryerson, timing company gurus Lonnie and Michelle Somers, T-shirt designer Tori Mitas-Campisi and KSPN announcer David Bach; the generous support from corporate and in-kind sponsors; and the dedication of all of the amazing volunteers – many of whom have volunteered for years – this event surpassed our expectations.We are grateful to our sponsors: Boogie’s Diner, The Aspen Times, Belly Up, Reese Henry & Co., Alpine Bank, KSPN, Wells Fargo Private Bank and Wells Fargo Bank, Carol Dopkin Real Estate, Obermeyer Assets, Aspen Public Radio, KSNO, KUUR, Plum TV, WIN Health Institute, Biosync, Boden’s Butter, Frias Properties, KIND Healthy Snacks, Paradise Bakery & Caf and Phoenix Fitness. We couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you!And of course the Buddy Program wouldn’t be where it is today without the tireless efforts of Boogie Weinglass for so many years – thank you, Boogie!Children participating in the Buddy Program consistently report improved self-esteem, improved involvement and interest in school, making better decisions, having more positive relationships with peers and family and growing up more involved in their communities. When little buddies feel good about themselves, they have a positive impact on their friends and families, their schools and their communities.For all of our race sponsors, runners and other supporters, your support ensures that the Buddy Program can continue to provide a safe and nurturing environment for our little buddies, which sets them up for success later in life. Thank you all for elevating your heart rate for a good cause with family and friends on July 4!David HouggyExecutive director, Buddy Program
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