Bring home the bacon … Kiss-n-Squeal needs cash |

Bring home the bacon … Kiss-n-Squeal needs cash

It’s one thing when Miss Piggy wants to make out with Kermit. But when a friend or co-worker talks about kissing a pig, it causes a person to wonder if the recent heat wave has simply pushed otherwise normal folks over the edge.

Don’t stick your nose up at pig smooching in Garfield County.

It’s time for YouthZone’s annual fund-raiser, Kiss-n-Squeal.

YouthZone has been helping local families and kids for 27 years. The comprehensive program provides a variety of services to youth and families, including mentoring and detentional alternatives.

This is the 12th year for the Kiss-n-Squeal fund-raiser, and it’s slim pickins in the area of cash collections so far.

At this time last year, about $44,000 had been collected. As of yesterday, a mere $13,000 had been gathered. Although many other pledges have been committed, the absence of dollars in hand is a concern. Recent state funding cuts have put more of a squeeze on the organization, making the annual event even more important.

The goal for the 2003 Kiss-n-Squeal is $100,000.

If kissing pigs is all new and different to you, here’s how Kiss-n-Squeal works. There are eight candidates this year, with two teams of two included. By simply “voting” for a favorite candidate, participants pledge to donate one dollar per vote to YouthZone.

The candidate with the most money is awarded with the once-in-a-lifetime (we hope, but really none of our business) opportunity of kissing a pig. The finale is set for 6-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at Two Rivers Park. The size of the selected pig is always a surprise. It could be a cute, little pig with a curly tail. It could be a large, snorting pig that has no intention of locking lips.

There are 13 days left in the fund-raising effort. Make a pledge to any of the candidates. Visit the silent auction, which features more than 100 items, at Buy a raffle ticket.

YouthZone and the candidates will love you for it. As for the pig, better to get kissed by a human than end up next to the scrambled eggs.

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