Gail & Lenny Weinglass
Gail and Lenny “Boogie” Weinglass are leaders and philanthropists in their communities.
With a master’s degree in applied gerontology, Gail spent 20 years running cardiac rehab for LifeBridge Health, a nonprofit health care corporation in Baltimore. She also served as community wellness coordinator for LifeBridge in partnership with the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore. Gail extended her passion for health and wellness as a certified instructor in several areas of fitness, including yoga and personal training. She is an accomplished dancer and recently performed in a fundraising competition for the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet.
Boogie – a name given to him on the dance floor – was born and raised in Baltimore. He bucked tradition and made a name for himself as a rebel. His high school classmate, Barry Levinson, used Boogie as inspiration for Mickey Rourke’s character in the movie “Diner.”
After an unsuccessful stint as a stocker in a women’s clothing store, he knocked on the president’s door and asked for a job in sales and quickly became a top salesperson. In this role, Boogie formulated the idea for Merry-Go-Round, a clothing store that focused on relaxed, trendy styles. He opened his first store in the late 1960s in Atlanta. It was immediately successful and grew to 1,500 stores nationwide. Boogie ran the business until the 1990s.
Since the early 1980s, Boogie spent much of his time in Aspen. When he stepped down from Merry-Go-Round, he was happy to return and focus on Boogie’s Diner, a 1950s-style restaurant. Boogie had always been kind and generous to his employees, and that was never more evident than in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley. He also supported local nonprofits, such as The Buddy Program, a youth mentoring organization. Boogie is currently the chairman of the board for the Buddy Program and has hosted the Bash for the Buddies – the organization’s largest fundraiser – at his ranch for more than 15 years. After sponsoring the annual Fourth of July running race for 10 years, the Buddy Program named the race in his honor – Boogie’s Buddy Race. Recently, he also outfitted the Aspen fire station with a new fire engine.
In retirement, the couple continues their commitment to family, the community and philanthropic work. Between the two of them, they have six children and three grandchildren. They split their time between Aspen; Baltimore; and Del Ray, Florida. Gail’s dedication to health care seamlessly matched with Boogie’s longtime support of National Jewish Health and Bella Sera.