The Hope Hospice and Home Health community returned to Livermore’s Del Valle Regional Park on May 4 for the ninth annual Hike for Hope, which raised more than $90,000 for Hope’s patient care and community services.

More than 600 hikers and walkers hit the trails to support Hope’s mission to provide patient care in local communities. Many participants were hiking in memory of departed loved ones and carried photos or mementos with the. Participants also could write names of loved ones on paper shoes and hang them on the Shoe Memorial.

“We are so grateful to the Hike for Hope participants, sponsors, donors, and volunteers,” says Hope CEO Jennifer Hansen. “As a non-profit agency, Hope is blessed by the generosity of our community, which makes our programs and services possible.”

Hope relies on this event to fund many of its services, including the Family Caregiver Education Series and grief support services, which are made available to the public at no cost.

“The event wouldn’t have been possible were it not for our 60 amazing volunteers,” says Jennifer Pettley, Hope’s Director of Development. “We are also grateful for the folks from MCE Corp., which treated all the hikers and volunteers to a wonderful barbecue lunch following the hike.

Corporate supporters and top sponsors were Hitachi Vantara, Graham-Hitch Mortuary, Pleasanton Emergency Medical Group, MCE Corp., Bradley Tanks Inc., Skycam Aviation, Sansei Gardens Inc., New Image Landscape Company, Sutter Health Palo Alto Medical Foundation, and Heritage Bank of Commerce. A list of all sponsors and gifts-in-kind is available at

As of June 6, the top team fundraisers included:

First Place: Team Braveheart, $3,232; Second Place: Revelli Team Hope, $2,073; Third Place: Team Roger, $1,815; Fourth Place: Team Peachy, $1,352; Top individual fundraisers included; First Place: Victoria Oliver, $1,540; Second Place: Colin Ritchie, $1,515; Third Place: Linda Simpson, $1,370; Fourth Place: Angie Birdwell-Royers, $1,210

The 2020 event— the Tenth Anniversary—is scheduled for May 2. Watch for updates at