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Buddy ski day a huge success

I would like to publicly thank all the caring and generous people in our community who helped make our second annual Buddy Program Ski Day a huge success last weekend.

The objective of this event is to get all the kids from our program to come out and be able to ski with their volunteer mentors, or Big Buddies.

For many of us and many of the kids in our program, skiing is a normal and routine activity – complete with season passes and AVSC opportunities. However, for some other kids and volunteers in the Buddy Program, being able to ski or snowboard is a unique and rare opportunity.

With the generous support of various individuals and businesses in the community, we were able to offer many kids and volunteers in our program an exciting and new opportunity for the very first time.

They had “the time of their lives,” and for all of us at the Buddy Program, it was truly satisfying to be able to offer these people such a peak experience.

A huge thank you goes out to Amy Trubiroha and Eric Hansen for their hard work in finding us enough ski tickets for all our participants who did not have passes, and for helping us find instructors for all the Buddies who had never before skied or boarded.

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Aspen Skiing Co. employees Pat O’Donnell, Larry Gruel, Victor Gerdin, Jeanne Wilder, David Bellack, Helen Bridgewater, Krista Brundage, Stefan Palmberg, Tom Rehn, David Titus, Kenneth Parks and Jason Powell – thanks for the tickets!

Thanks also to Rich Burkley, Linda Vitti, Melanie Roschko, Peter Hershberger, Kelley Mann, Steve Roehrs, Adam Dillard and Christy Anderlick for volunteering their time and patience on Sunday morning in their efforts to provide kids with a memorable experience and a good time.

Thank you also to all those people at Pro Mountain Sports and The Inn at Aspen for graciously helping us equip and feed over 80 kids and volunteers. And, to the Basalt Family Resource Center for offering warm clothes for those kids in need. Thanks also to Sara and Ariel from the Aspen Jewish Congregation for offering their support during a hectic morning.

From the bottom of our hearts, we are so grateful for all those who help keep the Buddy Program alive. Mentoring children is one of the most crucial things we can be doing now for the good of our community and the world.

We couldn’t do it without all of our volunteers who give the gift of time to children in need. We are so very appreciative of everyone who jumped on board to make this activity a grand success.

We only wish more of you could have been out there witnessing the true value of the activity by the sounds of laughter coming from those who had never before experienced the joy of skiing and boarding.

Julie, Kim, Elizabeth, Lindsay, Letti, Jackie

Buddy Program staff

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