WOW! What a wonderful day for a hike!
About 50 hikers took to the mountain and enjoyed the vast views of Ventana Canyon. Many others joined Mary Carhuff as she lead the Meditation walk through the serene trail around the Loews Resort grounds to the beautiful waterfall.
As hikers came off the mountain they made their way over to the Kiva patio and enjoyed delicious food stations, complimentary chair massages, leg stretches and a fun time getting silly in the photo booth. Our lucky raffle winners walked away with some wonderful items and those bidding on silent auction items had a fun time out bidding each other to make sure they were the winning bidder! The new addition, Spin the Wheel gave all that played the excitement of spinning for fabulous prizes!
As the program began Mindy Griffith welcomed and thanked all sponsors, guests and volunteers! The winner of the Sponsor A Bag ($800 Southwest airline vouchers) was pulled and the winner was…Larry & Maryann Casoni! Thank you to all that supported BAG IT in this way!
The highlight of the evening was honoring and celebrating Sherri Romanoski, founder of BAG IT. The staff and volunteers presented Sherri with a handmade quilt, made with the hike t-shirts from the past 13 years, BAG IT bags, chili cook off mitt and a very special handknitted scarf that holds a very dear place in Sherri’s heart.
After a few tears, past and present board members took time to say heartfelt words to Sherri and presented her with an awesome Merlin Cohen sculpture. Again a few more tears!
Sherri closed the evening with words of gratitude for ALL that made
BAG IT what it is today! We could NEVER have done this event without the help of the volunteers that gave of their time and talents to make this day possible. THANK YOU!
Thank you to our 2017 Take A Hike sponsors!
Corey & Nancy Arvizu
Cochise Surgical Care
Commerce Bank of Arizona
Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment
Pima Medical Institute
Rusing, Lopez & Lizardi, P.L.L.C.
Tucson Glass & Mirror
If you would like to be a sponsor of this year’s Take a Hike for BAG IT, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org