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Buddy supporters strengthen community

Dear Editor:

On Oct. 15, 2009, Big and Little Buddies and their families gathered at Bumps Restaurant to celebrate the powerful relationships that make up the Buddy Program! Amidst the dancing and celebrating, the Buddy Program took time to recognize two amazing women to receive our annual Hero Awards: Elizabeth Milias and Jenny Elliot.

Both Jenny and Elizabeth have worked tirelessly to make our community a stronger place through the time and energy they have given to support the Buddy Program. We also heard a moving speech from Randi G. who, along with her Big Buddy – Virginia Betty – has attended 12 celebration dinners in 12 years!

Randi is graduating from Roaring Fork High School in 2010 and plans to attend CMC for two years and then go on to CSU to get her degree in veterinary technology. She attributes her success in life to her supportive Big Buddy – Virginia. The Buddy Program was proud to use this venue as an opportunity to unveil our new mission: The Buddy Program strengthens our community by guiding and inspiring youth through mentoring. The smiles on all of the faces made it clear that our community is a stronger, better place because of the Buddy Program!

Lindsay Lofaro

Buddy Program