LIVERMORE — There are many ways to raise funds through an event, and Hope Hospice has found a winner with its Hike for Hope memorial hike and fundraiser.
The organization’s seventh annual hike was held May 6 at Del Valle Regional Park in Livermore.
More than 520 hikers of all ages turned out and had the option of an easy 2.6 mile round-trip route or a moderate 4.4 mile hike, both of which offered spectacular views of the lake and surrounding hills.
Hope’s Director of Communications Patty Hefner of Alamo said the hike takes at least six months of planning and requires the support of 50 day-of-event volunteers. Among those working hard on hike day were the event chair Brian Kehoe of Livermore, Zone 7 Board President Dick Quiqley of Pleasanton, JoAnne Revelli of Livermore (who also led the second top fundraising team), retired Pleasanton Unified School District technology support guru Gary Hicklin of Livermore, and retired Amador Valley High School teachers Debbie and Fred Emerson, also of Livermore.
Debbie Emerson is the newly designated staff community educator for Hope Hospice and she joined many other staff members holding various positions around the event, including the agency’s gifts coordinator, SheryAnne Wui of Dublin, and Hope Hospice CEO Bob Boehm of Pleasanton.
Members of the Hope Hospice Board of Directors also lent their time as volunteers and hikers, including board member Melanie Ridley of Danville, who served as the volunteer coordinator for the Hike for Hope planning committee, and board president…
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