Two put lips on line for YouthZone |

Two put lips on line for YouthZone

Garfield Re-2 superintendent Dr. Gary Pack and assistant superintendent Ava Lanes are teaming up for YouthZone. They have formed the Re-2 team for the Kiss-n-Squeal event.

The unique event has been in existence 10 years. It started as a way for the volunteer community to get together and raise funds to help YouthZone programming. The programming serves two functions. One is community match money for local, state federal and foundation grants. The second use is for direct programming.

The organization helps teens and young adults make wise decisions and act responsibly. It also helps those who have made unwise decisions through the court system, and take responsibility for their mistakes.

Human candidates for the Kiss-n-Squeal event are fun, positive role models with a passion for kids. They have also committed to bring in at least $3,000 per candidate or team in support for YouthZone. Potential pigkissers are Tom Dalessandri; the team of Tonja LaFrenz, Cecilia LaFrenz and Jordan Bozeman; the team of Gary Pack and Ava Lanes; Rick Padrnos; Claudia Ramirez; Kerry Rippy; the team of Bill Sanderson and Kelli Sanderson; and Kathy Yoast.

Warren Wailes has generously agreed to use one of his pigs as the target of the kissing. The pig’s name will be announced at the July 2 Kick-Off at the Glenwood Springs Community Center from 6-8 p.m.

Supporters may cast their votes in drop boxes sporting their candidate’s pictures. All monies collected are turned over to their campaign. Supporters may also cast their votes directly to their candidate, or take them to one of the YouthZone offices. If payment by credit card is preferred, please call the Glenwood Springs office at 945-9300. Each dollar counts as one vote.

The deadline for votes is Aug. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the event Finale at Two Rivers Park. The Finale begins at 6 p.m., but organizers will take votes until 6:30. At 6:30 p.m., candidates are given five-minute timers. A Tally Board will display votes, and candidates turn in their votes in a sealed envelope. The Finale Band will be The Miltones, who will play until the tallies are counted.

A drawing will be held at 7 p.m. Tickets for the drawing are $10. First prize is $1,000 cash. Second prize is a sports package with four Avalanche tickets, four Rockies tickets, and two Broncos tickets. Third prize is a round of golf for four with cart at the Roaring Fork Club. Raffle tickets can be obtained from candidates and YouthZone board and staff from July 2 through Aug. 3 at 6:30 p.m.

Candidates will be introduced from eighth place up to the winner, who will then kiss the pig.

Another way you can participate is by going online to the YouthZone silent auction. Every candidate will also put five items in for the silent auction on the organization’s website at, and you can bid on these one-of-a-kind items from July 2 through July 31.

Kay Vasilakis is the public information director for Re-2 Schools.

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