Great support for Buddies |

Great support for Buddies

Dear Editor:On Thursday night, July 1, 550 people gathered to show their support for our local children at the annual Buddy Program gala fund-raiser hosted by Boogie Weinglass at his ranch.The guests enjoyed a delicious dinner, generously provided by more than 20 of our valley’s best restaurants, danced well into the night and enthusiastically bid on auction items. On July 4, more than 1,400 runners and walkers also joined forces in the Boogie’s Diner Buddy Five Mile Race, another strong show of support for our mentoring programs.Together, the gala and race enable us to provide mentors, activities and case support to more than 200 of our community’s children this year. We are enormously grateful to everyone who made these two events so successful.Thank you to our wonderful volunteer mentors, who generously give their time and share their love, guidance and lives with their Little Buddies, and in so doing, enhance our children’s self-esteem, confidence and ability to make healthy, responsible choices.Thank you to the many gala and race volunteers and to our national council and board of directors, a wonderful group of local residents who are dedicated to our mission of improving children’s lives through mentoring. We are also tremendously grateful to our donors, gala patrons, live and silent auction contributors, restaurant sponsors, race sponsors and race participants. Together you are helping us carry out our mission.Although so many give so much, we would be remiss in not recognizing the singular contribution of Boogie Weinglass. By his words and deeds, he sets an example that inspires others to care about the lives of our community’s children.Boogie spends countless hours selling every ticket to the gala and helping recruit volunteers and supporters for our programs. Of course, he is also the lead sponsor of his namesake race on July 4.Boogie’s unwavering commitment to children is truly extraordinary, and his generosity goes far beyond financial support. He gives The Buddy Program his time, his energy and a piece of his heart. Boogie inspires us all – our staff, our board and national council, and our Buddies, big and little. He shows us how genuine caring, dedication and action can indeed improve the world.Jacqueline Unternahrerexecutive directorThe Buddy Program

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