Thanks from the Buddy Program
Dear Editor:Recently the Buddy Program held our annual “Celebrate Your Buddy” Dinner at Bumps Restaurant. More than 70 Little Buddies and their families and guardians were on hand to celebrate and say a huge thank you to their volunteer Big Buddies who guide and inspire their Little Buddies through mentoring.During the evening, we also presented our annual Hero Awards for special individuals who have gone above and beyond to support the Buddy Program. The first Hero Award went to Tony Mazza, who has been an outstanding Big Buddy for almost 20 years! Tony also leads our National Council with his wife Mona. While Tony’s Little Buddy, Colin, was unable to join us, as he is teaching in Taiwan, Tony gave us a glimpse into their relationship when he encouraged all of our youth to “never take no for an answer and never give up.” The second Hero Award was presented to Erica Leavitt and Natasha Lucero, a dynamic duo who have successfully secured over 100 energetic volunteers to run our annual fundraisers, Boogie’s Bash for the Buddies and Boogie’s Diner 5-Mile Run, over the Fourth of July weekend for the past nine years. Erica graciously thanked all the amazing members of the Roaring Fork Valley who turn out year after year to support the Buddy Program and our local youth by participating as volunteers.The staff also wants to thank Bumps Restaurant for another seamless partnership, Nate Walla and DJ Dylan’s Platinum Productions for spinning great dance tunes, Wendy Scott Blakeslee of Mountain Flowers for making the room so pretty, and Deb Morrison for extremely creative face painting!Thank you for making this important event special for our Big and Little Buddies!Catherine Anne Provine, executive directorand the entire Buddy Program team
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