Buddy Program: It’s just fun | AspenTimes.com

Buddy Program: It’s just fun

Aspen Times Staff Report

Buddies of the Month Chris Seeman and Nick Marks were matched in November of 1998. Both hit it off immediately.

“It’s fun. It’s just fun. I don’t know, it’s just fun,” Marks said. “We have fun water skiing, snowboarding, bowling, seeing movies, and just hanging out.

“I’m always so tried when I get home. I like having someone in my life who cares about me.”

Seeman got involved in the program after seeing his wife Lynne and her buddy develop a lasting relationship. He felt that he had a lot to offer and wanted to make a difference in the community.

“I like having a friend … a good friend,” Seeman said. “Nick is one of my best friends. I just wish we could spend more time together.”

A lot has changed in Seeman’s life since he was matched with his Buddy. He got married in September of 1998 and last January had a baby girl, Francesca. He wants to continue his relationship with Marks, even though it’s not as often now that he has started a family of his own.

Marks’ mom, Shelley, is also very supportive of the program. She feels that, as a single parent, she can’t do everything. Her son’s father lives in another state and they don’t get to see each other very often.

“That’s why having a buddy, someone like Chris, a guy to do things with, is so important to me and to Nick,” she said. “I think Chris is great and we appreciate any time Chris has.

“I want them to feel like they don’t always have to `do’ something when they get together. I want them to feel like they can just hang out and that every time they get together, it doesn’t have to be a big event.”

Seeman and Marks recently attend The Buddy Program Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner at The Hotel Jerome, which this year featured the theme “Beach Bash.” Both dressed for the occasion and one the “Best Kid” costume award.

The Buddy of the Month is a monthly feature put together by The Aspen Times and The Buddy Program. It features Buddies, kids looking for Buddies and volunteers and others who make the program a reality.

For information on how to become involved with the Buddy Program, call Kim in Aspen at 925-5717, or Julie if in the midvalley at 927-1001.

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