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Pig shindig

Once again, pigs ruled in August in Garfield County. The annual Kiss-n-Squeal wrapped up last night with another successful collection for YouthZone’s piggy bank.

The annual fund-raiser has been around since 1991, and there’s no sign that it will be given a kiss-off anytime soon.

Any why shouldn’t it be successful? You can’t go wrong combining fund-raising and swine. As usual, the last-minute donations were flying around more than a pigskin during a two-minute drill. More than $34,000 came flooding in at last night’s swine-and-dine finale at Two Rivers Park.



When the final numbers were announced, Alpine Bank’s Abraham Baeza earned the honor of smooching a pig named Sharpie.

The real winner of this event, as usual, was YouthZone. And the biggest pat on the back once again goes to the community for supporting this event and its worthy beneficiary.



YouthZone is truly a community gem, providing an invaluable service for area youth.

Although the $72,754 the event raised fell a little short of the $89,000 goal, the money raised will help YouthZone keep making a difference in many children’s lives.

More than 29,000 children have benefited from YouthZone over the years. The simple fact of any community is that some kids need help ” need help getting back on track or finding the right path.

YouthZone is the mortar that keeps countless kids from slipping through the cracks.

That’s YouthZone’s job. Taking care of tomorrow’s future is a lofty challenge, but one that YouthZone continues to do very well.

Next year, the Kiss-n-Squeal will return with a new set of candidates, a new little oinker but with the same worthwhile goal.

YouthZone is one nonprofit organization that remains on the right path ” even if it takes one pork in the road to help out.


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