Kiss-n-Squeal looks to roundup money for YouthZone
Plenty of piggy doin’s are on tap for the next month as YouthZone launches its 16th annual Kiss-n-Squeal fundraiser. Swine-adorned windows and porcine pranks are the usual fare as potential pig-puckerers vie to raise money for YouthZone’s youth and parent programs.This year’s goal is $89,000, said YouthZone spokeswoman Mary Jean Carnevale.The annual pig-fest gets on a roll when businesses downtown have their windows painted to support Kiss-n-Squeal candidates. And over the years, in fact, since 1991 when the fundraiser got started, candidates have competed to find the cleverest way to make a buck.Carnevale recalled fundraiser barbecues which required people to not only pay for dinner but to bring a dish.”There have been cheese and punch parties, dunking booths and golf tournaments,” she said.There has also been an ongoing friendly but nefarious competition to pig-nap YouthZone’s mascot pig, and holding it for ransom. It’s turned up in some unlikely places.”The pig has been just about everywhere in the valley,” Carnevale said, in bank lobbies, a county jail cell, chained to a balcony at the Hot Springs Pool and found exercising in a local gym.Ransom letters have also appeared on the editorial page of this newspaper.This year, the slate of candidates includes Steve Casey, Debra Drew, Richard Fuller, Patrick Burwell, David Cook, Myles Rovig, and the kid-adult teams of Kiley Carlson and Lindsey Deraddo, Carli Dean and Lindsay Gilliam.A silent auction will be posted at http://www.youthzone.com and will run from July 5 at midnight to Aug. 1 at 6 p.m. Raffle tickets will be available for $10 each for prizes of $1,000 and $500 in cash.The fundraiser will culminate in a community celebration from 6-9 p.m. on Aug. 3 at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs, with barbecue, music from Cowboy Attitude and, naturally, featuring the top money-raiser bestowing a kiss on the pig.Started in 1976 as Garfield Youth Services, the private nonprofit organization has grown to incorporate five offices in Glenwood Springs, Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale and Rifle, and serves an average of 1,500 clients yearly. YouthZone’s 16th Annual Kiss-n-Squeal fundraiser kicks off today and runs to Aug. 3. To bid on the silent auction or for more information, go to http://www.youthzone.com.Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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