ANASAZI Celebrates 25 Years With a Gala Two-Day Event, Dinner and Service Project

Founded in 1988 by renowned wilderness pioneers, Larry Olsen and Ezekiel Sanchez, of the ANASAZI Foundation will mark its 25th anniversary with a two-day celebration, including a service project, concert and gala dinner event and fundraiser.

Since its beginnings, ANASAZI has worked with an estimated 40,000 young people, providing them an opportunity, through a primitive living experience and a philosophy that invites healing at the hands of nature, to effect a change of heart—a change in one’s whole way of walking in the world.

ANASAZI’s licensed and nationally accredited outdoor behavioral healthcare programs are non-punitive—its caring and patient staff is focused not on bad behaviors, but on helping young people discover and nurture the “seeds of greatness” which lie within.

The 25th anniversary celebration will include a silent auction and gala dinner on Friday, November 15 at the Gilbert Hilton/Doubletree Inn. The dinner program will include world-class entertainment as well as the presentation of the Young Leader and the Turn for Peace Awards.

On Saturday, November 16, at the Mesa Arts Center, beginning at noon, ANASAZI will host and alumni lunch anda service project. The project will reach out to area youth and allow them to experience a variety of simple wilderness skills, in workshops taught by ANASAZI alumni.

That evening, a concert at the Mesa Arts Center, produced by RLegacy Entertainment, will provide topnotch entertainment by well-known performers. Proceeds from the concert will benefit ANASAZI.

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