Kudos and Kindness
Being a Buddy will change your life
January is National Mentoring Month. Mentoring is very near and dear to me, and if not for the support of some key mentors, things may have turned out very different in my life. Through the years, I have mentored several people, and as you may know, I have spent a lot of time raising money for the Buddy Program. For many years, I hosted the Bash for the Buddies at my home, and Boogie’s Diner continues to sponsor the Boogie’s Buddy Race every July 4.
I am writing to encourage you to get involved. The Buddy Program needs more Big Buddies; we currently have children on our waiting list who need mentors. It’s easy to apply, and it’s much easier to be a Big Buddy than you might think. By giving a small amount of your time, you can make a great impact on the life of a deserving kid, and you will be surprised how much it will impact you, as well. The excitement and energy that mentoring will bring to your life will be huge!
So do it today. Call the Buddy Program and get involved. You can find it at 970-920-2130 or buddyprogram.org.
Participate in The Longevity Project
The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.
Chairman of the board, the Buddy Program
Heather’s is the place to be
I finally have a reason to go past the Hickory House! It’s Heather’s in Basalt. Named after the mom of the longtime, local Lujan family, Heather’s not only has affordable prices, but the food is amazing!
Family owned and operated, it is the epitome of the comforting mom and pop restaurant from the good old days. The staff is super-friendly and it also has local musicians play and the likes of Suzzanne Paris and Bobby Mason, who will really make you reminisce.
If for whatever reason you can’t make it past the Hickory House, you also can get some of Heather’s delicious pot pies to take home right on Main Street in Aspen at Shae’s Aspen Emporium and Flying Circus.
But seriously, a visit to Heather’s is well worth it. The sign above the bar sums it up perfectly: “Enter as strangers, leave as friends.”
Carole Gunther Cottrell
World-class polo in world-class Aspen
A wonderful event took place in Aspen on Dec. 19 and 20. The Aspen Valley Polo Club hosted the Piaget World Snow Polo Championships. This event brought a delightful experience to downtown Aspen, exposed a new sport to many people and helped generate business for many shops, restaurants, hotels and other businesses involved with the event production. Top-ranked polo players from around the world competed on a beautiful snowy day.
In addition, money was raised for the Aspen Sister Cities, whose mission is to share ideas and cultures through international exchange. The event also raised money for Sopris Therapy Services and Horses for Heroes Programs, which provide rehabilitation programs for children, adults and disabled veterans through equine-assisted therapy. Not only did the event bring business to Aspen — it also gave proceeds of ticket sales to charitable organizations.
We would like to thank the St. Regis Aspen Hotel, Piaget, Aspen Valley Polo Club, Audi, Jenni and Gavin Guinan, and Marc and Melissa Ganzi for putting on a first-class event and the city of Aspen for allowing the use of picturesque Wagner Park. Our organization benefited greatly from this event, and we are very grateful to everyone involved.
Executive director, Sopris Therapy Services — Horses for Heroes
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On Saturday, the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Aspen fire, police EMS and the veterans made us all proud to be members of this community. The 9/11 Day of Remembrance Ceremony at the Aspen firehouse was a reverent tribute for those who lost their lives while protecting and serving us.