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Letter; Thanks for supporting The Buddy Program

Thanks for supporting The Buddy Program

The Buddy Program would like to acknowledge the generosity of all those who contributed to the success of this year’s Honky-Tonkin’ Bash for the Buddies. Over 400 guests and volunteers came out to support the Buddy Program and the 1,000 youth who are empowered through mentoring experiences in the Roaring Fork Valley. We are very grateful to all the loyal Bash patrons, donors, volunteers, restaurant contributors, silent-auction and volunteer coordinators, live-auction and silent-auction contributors as well as our corporate and in-kind sponsors. This event would not have been so successful without the generous support of our sponsors: Boogie’s Diner, Prada, Aspen Magazine, The Aspen Times, Alpine Bank, Meridian Jewelers, Premier Party Rental, Aspen 82, Gold Leaf Event Design and Production and Escobar Bar. Many thanks also to our generous host committee: Richard Jelinek, Tony Mazza, John Phelan, Richard Rogers, Lew Sanders, Daryl Snadon and Gary Stewart.

This year’s Honky-Tonkin’ Bash was held at Marolt Open Space under the big top where guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, a silent and live auction, live music by Bobbie Yang and his band, lots of dancing, a delicious dinner and a beautiful performance by our own Buddy Band — comprised of six very talented Little Buddies. As always, the Bash featured signature dishes and cocktails by many of Aspen’s favorite restaurants, including Asie Restaurant, BB’s Kitchen, Cache Cache, Caribou Club, Conundrum Catering, Escobar, Fusion Catering, Heather’s Savory Pies and Tapas Bar, Hickory House, Hops Culture, In the Soup, Jimmy’s, L’Hostaria, Matsuhisa, Randy Placeres’ Aspen Culinary Solutions, Resqwater, Rustique, Whole Foods and Zeno. A big thank you to Bash Event Planners Chelsea Dillon, Kate Ryan and Barbara Platts with Gold Leaf Event Design and Production as well as Volunteer Coordinators Erika Leavitt and Natasha Lucero. We are fortunate to have such a strong team!

We also would like to extend our gratitude to our Board of Directors, led by Adam Goldsmith, our Bash Committee, comprised of Diane Anderson, Mona Look-Mazza, Albert Sanford and Angie Stewart, our Leadership Development Board led by Jim Palardy, our very generous National Council donors, led by Mona Look-Mazza and Angie Stewart, and of course our wonderful Chairman of our Board, Lenny “Boogie” Weinglass, who has been a tremendous champion of our cause for so many years!

Thanks to the generosity of our community, the Buddy Program is able to provide critical services and programs to our local youth including individual mentoring, group mentoring, Lemonade Day, scholarships and therapeutic counseling at no cost to them. Your support allows our children to grow happier, healthier and to their full potential. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

With deepest gratitude,

David Houggy

The Buddy Program, executive director

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