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Letter: A wonderful community Thanksgiving tradition

A wonderful community Thanksgiving tradition

A big thank-you to Paul Dioguardi, the staff of the Hickory House and all the fantastic volunteers for once again providing a wonderful Thanksgiving tradition to the Roaring Fork community. The Buddy Program is so fortunate and grateful to be the recipients of your generous donations, which help assist the nearly 1,000 youth and their families that we support each year.

The Buddy Program provides mentoring experiences to youth up and down the Roaring Fork Valley, and many critical services to them and their families, including professional case management (100-plus hours per buddy each year), counseling, activity scholarships, local business discounts, continuing education scholarships and coordination of many services from other organizations in the valley. For the second year, we are funding and teaching an outdoor leadership class at Roaring Fork High School and looking to expand this popular program to additional schools.

For more than 40 years the Buddy Program has been an integral part of our community. We are privileged to have been part of this Thanksgiving Day tradition with Hickory House for so many years. It is only through the support of the community that we are able to help so many youth and families in need. Check us out at http://www.buddyprogram.org to find out more of what we're up to. Thank you to all who support the Buddy Program with your time, energy and generous donations! #mentoringandmore

David Houggy

Executive director, the Buddy Program

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