Hikers on the trail

Hope Hospice’s ninth annual Hike for Hope will take place on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Del Valle Regional Park in Livermore. Participants can check-in at the Fiesta Grande picnic area and start their hike between 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. The event ends at 12:30 p.m.

The Hike for Hope is a memorial hike and fundraiser. All net proceeds from this worthy event enable Hope Hospice to continue nearly 40 years of providing comfort and compassion to patients and their families at the end of life. Hope Hospice relies on the generous support of the event hikers and the community to make this fundraising effort a success.

Two trail options are available for Hike for Hope participants. One is an easy 2.6 mile roundtrip route (which is easily shortened) traveling along the lake, turning around at the Hetch Hetchy Group Camp. The other route is a 4.4 mile loop hike with a moderate incline. It follows along the Ridgeline and Hetch Hetchy trails, providing spectacular views of the valley, lake and surrounding hills.

Early registration fee for the Hike for Hope is $39 through April 9; and $45 on or after April 10. Children 12 years and younger may hike for free, but must register. Hikers can register by going to TheHikeForHope.com or by calling Hope Hospice at 925-829-8770 for a printed registration form.

Hikers can form teams for fun, to build camaraderie or engage in a spirited competition with other organizations and businesses.

This year, hikers are invited to enjoy a complimentary barbecue sponsored by MCE Corp., or pack a picnic lunch to eat following their hike.

“The Hike for Hope celebrates the joy and memories of our loved ones, and we encourage hikers to bring photos or mementos of their special person with them,” says Jennifer Hansen, Hope Hospice CEO. “This event raises funds for Hope Hospice. The net proceeds are used to care for the more than 2,000 area residents we serve each year.”

Del Valle Regional Park is located in Livermore. The centerpiece of the park is a 5-mile long lake that is surrounded by approximately 5,000 acres of beautiful land for hiking.

The Hike for Hope 2019 committee chair is Brian Kehoe, Senior Vice President of Heritage Bank of Commerce in Livermore. “This is a deeply rewarding event that supports the wonderful services that Hope Hospice, a non-profit agency, provides to our friends and neighbors,” says Kehoe. “I invite community members to join us as hikers or donors.” He adds that many businesses are already showing their support and are helping to make the Hike for Hope a success through their sponsorships. “It’s not too late for more businesses to get involved as sponsors for this worthy event,” he adds.

Corporate sponsorship levels are Excellence, $10,000; Compassion, $5,000; Comfort, $2,500 and Kindness, $1,000. Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor or donating should call Hope Development Director Jennifer Pettley at (925) 829-8770.

Sign up at TheHikeforHope.com and learn more about the event.