8.17.19 Annual Celebration and 40th Anniversary

On Saturday 8.17.19 we hosted our Annual Celebration and fundraiser. This year was extra special because it was also our 40th Anniversary. We recognized the volunteer (Holly Taylor), members (Kathleen Satterfield and Andy Gould), and business (Prometheus Solar) of the year. And being our 40th, we also acknowledged past executive directors and Willow Bend’s founder, Jim David.

A number of current and former public officials, including County Supervisors Jim Parks and Art Babbott, City Council member Charlie Odegaard and CNRCD Chair Paul Babbitt gave wonderful speeches covering Willow Bend’s history and accomplishments.

Some of the event’s highlights were of course Raduka the camel, live music by Bright Angel, delicious food sponsored by the Himalayan Grill, fun kids activities and face painting, a silent auction with over 50 amazing items, a raffle, and a great time with wonderful people!

In addition to being a fun celebration of Willow Bend’s accomplishments, the event is also a fundraiser. As of now, we are about $650 short from our $4000 event goal. Consider making a DONATION or BECOMING A MEMBER and help us reach our goal!

Missed it, or want to find yourself in the pictures? Check out the 4 minute video from the event and the great coverage in the AZ Daily Sun.




Special thanks to the Himalayan Grill for sponsoring the food, Joy Cone for providing the cones for the ice cream, Majestic Marketplace for the beer, Bright Angel for the live music, over 50 businesses, artists and individual who donated auction items, and of course all our amazing volunteers, interns and board members who worked hard to get the gardens, center, and event ready for the big day.