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Teen pals participate in Kiss-n-Squeal

Nonprofit SpotlightKay Vasilakis

Two sets of teen pals/teen mentors are participating in this year’s Kiss-n-Squeal fundraiser. It is a first to have a PALS mentoring pair in the race. Carli Dean is the mentor, and Lindsay Gilliam is the teen pal in one team, and Kiley Carlson is the mentor, with Lindsey Deraddo the teen pal in the other team.In a sense, the candidates are also mentors to the community on giving to help others. When youth pitch in to help the community, people notice and respect that effort, causing a ripple effect in the community.Kiley Carlson, teen mentor, just graduated from Glenwood Springs High School, and her teen pal member, Lindsey Deraddo, will be a seventh-grader at Glenwood Springs Middle School this fall. But it’s not all work being a Kiss-n-Squeal contestant. The traditional “pig stealing” amongst contestants assures a lot of fun in between the hard work and planning of the teams’ fundraisers.”It has been a lot of fun. We have stolen the pig twice. The pig was even stolen from my garage! What nerve!”Her father, Paul Carlson, has been touched with the Spirit of the Pig. Kiley called and persuaded him to leave work with his truck and take the pig from the YouthZone office to Berthod Motors and hide it in one of the tractors. He also made Kiley’s red Ford Escort into a pig, making a pig face out of magnets on the hood and sides. It did have a pink tail originating from the trunk, but it’s not there anymore.Kiley and Lindsey will have a fundraiser from 3-5 p.m. Friday at at US Bank in Glenwood Springs, selling hot dogs, chips and drinks and chances for a two- or three-person rafting trip with a raffle.”Lindsey, my Teen Pal, is really outgoing and likes to talk to people in the community,” said Kiley. “She has collected a lot of money for our campaign.””Vote for Lindsey and Kiley so we can kiss that porker. We deserve to kiss that pig,” she concluded enthusiastically.The judges have decided the winners of the Kiss-n-Squeal window painting contest. The winners are: first place, the painting at Jean’s Printing (Debra Drew and Patrick Burwell); second place, the painting at Alpine Bank in Carbondale (Richard Fuller); and most creative, the painting at American Family Insurance (Steve Casey).Get involved in the Kiss-n-Squeal fundraiser for YouthZone today. It’s great fun for a great cause.Kay Vasilakis will be taking a short vacation to recover from surgery. “Nonprofit Spotlight” should return at the end of August.


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