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They’re off at the Kiwanis 2015 Ball Race.
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Kiwanis 2015 Ball Race a great success

For the Kiwanis 2015 Ball Race 500 more balls were purchased than last year. The suspense for Sunday’s 13th annual race built as this year’s new ball lofter at the top of the hill raised the net of 3,400 balls 20 feet in the air, and at the sound of the starting horn dropped them in a crescendo of tumbling color down onto the racecourse. Our race course designers are already planning on a new exciting twist to next year’s race.

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors who contributed so generously: Alpine Bank, ANB Bank, HP Geotech, Berthod Motors, Conoco Glenwood Car Wash, Riverside Import Auto, Property Shop, Glenwood Springs Subaru, Bank of Colorado, Fleisher Real Estate, Neil-Garing Insurance, Pattillo Associates Engineers, American Furniture Warehouse, Glass-Guru, Climate Control Co., Sopris Engineering, SGM, Stewart Title, Perri’s Collision Repair & Refinishing, Glenwood Springs Ford, Gould Construction, Bethel Party Rentals, Post Independent, All Kids Dental, 19th Street Diner, Glenwood Hot Springs, Valley View Hospital, Big Daddy’s Sports Bar, Commonwealth Title, DM Neuman Construction Co., The Flower Mart, Mueller Construction, Pine’s Stone Co., Something Sweet Custom Promotions, Dodson Engineered Products, High Country Engineering, State Farm — Jeff Leonard, U.S. Bank, Blue Sky Adventures/Canyon Bikes, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, Midas Automotive, W.J. Bradley, Cooper Wine & Spirits, Glenwood Shirt Co. and Glenwood Insurance Agency.

Thanks also to the residents of North Hyland, who each year patiently support our takeover of their road on Strawberry Days Sunday.

All of the race proceeds are returned to the community in support of programs including: The High School Key Club; College Scholarships; WindWalkers equine therapy; Special Olympics; Stars of Tomorrow; Key Leader; Terrific Kids; recreation facilities; MS Walk; Valley View Hospital Kids Safety Fair; and bicycle helmets for kids.

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

Another great annual picnic for Buddy Program

On June 23, over 100 Little Buddies, Big Buddies and some of their family members attended the Buddy Program’s Annual Picnic at Arbaney Park in Basalt to celebrate summer and their wonderful relationships.

We had wonderful entertainment and activities with juggling phenomenon Jammin Jim, as well as world record holder hula hooper Betty Hoops (aka Betty Shurin), plus games and, of course, lots of delicious food.

A big thank-you to Megan Rainnie and Food & Wine Aspen for donating food for our event.

Also, a big shout-out to all of those Buddies and family members who brought some of their favorite dishes to share with everybody.

Our annual Buddy and Family Picnic is quickly becoming one of our favorite events of the year, and it is such a testament to the profound impact that mentors have on the lives of youth.

We invite community members to consider volunteering for the Buddy Program by going to our website: or by calling us at 970-920-2130 or 970-927-1001.


Soledad Lowe

Community Program Director

The Buddy Program

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