In recognition of Lenny “Boogie” Weinglass’ decades of tireless support and commitment, the Board of Directors of the Buddy Program is very proud to announce that the Fourth of July five-mile race, previously known as the Boogie’s Diner Buddy Five Mile Charity Race, shall hereafter be named Boogie’s Buddy Race in honor of Boogie’s lasting legacy.
After nearly 30 years in existence, the annual five mile run that takes place on the Fourth of July to benefit the Buddy Program has truly become an Aspen Institution, regularly attracting nearly 1,000 participants. Boogie and his world-famous Boogie’s Diner have sponsored the race every year since its inception. Over the course of the past three decades, over 10,000 different participants have run the grueling course. In addition to sponsoring the race, Boogie single-handedly spurred the growth of the Buddy Program by hosting The Bash for the Buddies for its first 11 years at his Merry-Go-Ranch, and has raised incalculable donations through his sheer indomitable will. Under his stewardship and guidance, the Buddy Program multiplied dramatically, from a dozen pairs in the early 90s to nearly 1,000 youth today.
The Buddy Program is pleased to continue to have the sponsorship of Boogie’s Diner for this event, and looks forward to many more years of this productive partnership! Please join the Buddy Program at this year’s race for the name dedication celebration.
Lenny “Boogie” Weinglass was born in Baltimore Maryland on October 21st, 1941. He is a charismatic businessman who is also an incredible father to his three children Sage, Bo and Skye. Even as a young boy, Lenny was a motivated person who always wanted to take care of his family. As the youngest of three siblings, he did everything he could to support his mother, even if it meant collecting cans on the street to turn in for five cents in order to bring some milk home. Growing up in a family without a sufficient source of income and being from a rough neighborhood, Boogie learned to be a hard worker at a young age. He always envisioned a bigger and better life for himself. In 1968, he opened his first retail store called Merry-Go-Round. Eventually, one store turned into 1,500 stores. From a small-town Jewish boy from Maryland to a self-made millionaire, Boogie became a Baltimore icon and an American success story. In 1982 his life was made into a movie and his character was portrayed by Mickey Rourke in the classic film “Diner.”
For the past 30 years, Boogie has resided in Aspen, Colorado. Philanthropy has always been important to him and through his generosity he has raised and donated millions to his many charities and foundations, with a focus on the Buddy Program.
His favorite quote is “It is nice to be important, but it is more important to be nice.”
The Buddy Program strengthens our community by guiding and inspiring youth through mentoring. Mentoring improves children’s self-esteem, self-confidence and helps them realize their potential. Your participation in this year’s Boogie Buddy Race or walk will help support the nearly 1,000 local youth that the Buddy Program serves.
For more information, or to register for the race or walk, please stop by Boogie’s Diner beginning June 30th or register online at www.BuddyProgram.org.