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Buddy Program thanks its race sponsors and volunteers

Dear Editor:

More than 1,100 participants gathered at the corner of Cooper Avenue and Hunter Street to kick off their Fourth of July celebrations with one of Aspen’s most popular traditions: Boogie’s Buddy Race! Whether to challenge themselves on the 5-mile course or to enjoy a leisurely walk with their favorite four-legged pal, these participants gathered to support the Buddy Program, which is celebrating 40 years of mentoring local youth throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.

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 coordinators Natasha Lucero and Liz Gracia, course director Ned Ryerson, timing company gurus Lonnie and Michelle Somers, T-shirt designer Tori Mitas-Campisi, marketing guru Debbie Patrick and her team at Promotional Concepts, 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 once again surpassed our expectations.

We are grateful to our sponsors: Boogie’s Diner, The Aspen Times, Aspen 82, Aspen Magazine, Belly Up, Reese Henry & Co., FirstBank, KSPN, Carol Dopkin Aspen Sotheby’s Real Estate, Obermeyer Asset Management, Aspen Club & Spa, Aspen Public Radio, KSNO, Clark’s Market, WIN Health Institute, Biosync, Boden’s Butter, Frias Properties, KIND Healthy Snacks, Paradise Bakery & Cafe, Independence Run & Hike, Upper Ranch Co., Sunology and Health Styles Exercise Equipment. We couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you!

And of course the Buddy Program wouldn’t be where it is today without Lenny “Boogie” Weinglass! As chairman of the Buddy Program’s board of directors, Boogie has been a longtime champion of the program. In recognition of Boogie’s decades of tireless support and commitment, the board of directors of the Buddy Program is very proud to announce that the Fourth of July 5-mile race shall hereafter be named Boogie’s Buddy Race in honor of Boogie’s lasting legacy. Boogie, we cannot thank you enough for all that you do for us!

The Buddy Program, which served 945 youth in 2012, strengthens our community by guiding and inspiring youth through mentoring. Children’s self-confidence builds as they realize their full potential, whether it is through one-on-one mentoring with a Big Buddy or group mentoring based on experiential models.

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 youth in our programs, which sets them up for success later in life. Thank you all for elevating your heart rate for a worthy cause on July 4!

David Houggy

Executive director

Buddy Program staff and board of directors

Aspen shows its compassionate side

Dear Editor:

I would like to send out my sincere thank-you to the people who helped my friend at the Belly Up the evening of July 3.

As the result of a slide, she got a compound fracture. At least two individuals rushed forward to help her with a tourniquet and splint. They got her as stable as possible until the paramedics showed up who where also caring and efficient.

This act of kindness keeps my faith in people. A sincere thank-you from visitors to your city.

Chris Fisher

Palisade

Football camp scores a touchdown

Dear Editor:

The second annual Brandon Lloyd Football Camp enthralled an amazing total of 117 valley kids from Rifle to Aspen. They were treated to a two-day football camp hosted by Pro Bowl NFL wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, formerly of the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots. The camp was again organized by the Crown Mountain Park and Recreation District and Mitch Levy, of Basalt Youth Football. Participants were treated to fundamentals, skills and drills, games and personal coaching from Lloyd, with a large portion of profits again being donated to Basalt Youth Football from Crown Mountain Park and Recreation District.

Thank you to all who worked tirelessly to make this camp the success that is was. Thank you to our main sponsors, the Viceroy Snowmass and Cuvee Bistro, for your generous donations. Thank you to the Mid Valley Metropolitan District, Zheng Bistro, Crawford Properties and Alpine Bank for your contributions and sponsorships to the camp. A huge thank-you to Mitch Levy and the mass of coaches from Basalt and Glenwood Youth Football who worked each day of the camp with such enthusiasm and constant smiles — your energy helped the kids have an experience of a lifetime. A great big thank-you to Lloyd for donating his time and energy for this camp. Thank you being such a class act, humble and forever smiling; you again left such a huge positive impression on camp participants.

On behalf of Crown Mountain Park and Recreation District, thank you to all the participants and parents of the Brandon Lloyd Football Camp. Your smiles and laughter left Brandon wanting to come back to be a part of the camp in 2014. Please visit http://www.crownmtn.org to see some of the photos and videos that were taken during the camp. Camp numbers may be limited next year, so be sure to sign up early.

Happy recreating.

Chris Woods

Executive director Crown Mountain Park and Recreation District


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