BEYOND IS ABOUT MOVING FORWARD—AS INDIVIDUALS AND AS A COMMUNITY.
“What started out as a single day of commemoration has grown to a year-round commitment to public health.
Following the tragic shooting on the morning of January 8, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona at Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ “Congress On Your Corner,” the Southern Arizona community spontaneously came together to honor, remember, and show solidarity for those that were killed, injured, or traumatized by the event.
As the first anniversary of the tragic day approached, Family members of slain congressional aide Gabe Zimmerman saw an opportunity to not only pay tribute to their son and the other victims, but to provide meaningful activities for community members to reconnect with each other while participating in health-related outdoor activities.
In January of 2012, they launched the inaugural BEYOND event, which included as many as 36 individual events spread across the entire greater Pima County region on a single day—including hikes, fun runs, bike rides, scavenger hunts and outdoor dance opportunities. The annual tradition has continued each year thereafter.
Since that time, through the growing support and collaboration of its community partners, BEYOND has evolved—literally going “beyond” its initial mission—and has now formed into its own 501c3 organization whose mission is to promote the use of good science and rational analysis to improve individual and community health.
Tucson’s January 8th Memorial Foundation is currently raising funds to build the proposed January 8th Memorial in downtown El Presidio Park. See final plans here:http://www.tucsonsmemorial.org/memorial-site/final-design/
There is currently almost $7,000 raised in a Go Fund Me campaign, which you can donate any amount to:https://www.gofundme.com/january8thmemorial/donate. Their goal is $1.5 M to be raised. 69 people have donated in the past 14 days.
These vigils are sponsored by Arizonans for Gun Safety, in conjunction with the National Vigil.
Carolyn’s note: In light of the recent mass shootings in Colorado Springs, Colorado; Savannah, Georgia; and San Bernardino, California — these might be vigils to attend, also in memory of those lost in the Tucson Tragedy of January 8, 2011, where 6 died and 13 were wounded by a gunman, including then CD 8 Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
The tragic Tucson Tragedy happened 4 years ago on Saturday, January 8, 2011. Here are photos taken this afternoon by freelance photographer Jon Scanlon of the memorial plaque on the boulder in front of the Safeway supermarket at the SE corner of Oracle/Ina. Many people left lovely flowers today in remembrance of this mass shooting at this site.
Six people died that day on that sidewalk outside the supermarket. Let us not forget them:
Christina-Taylor Green, age 9,
Dorothy “Dot” Morris, age 76,
Judge John Roll, age 63,
Phyllis Schneck, age 79,
Dorwan Stoddard, age 76,
and Gabriel “Gabe” Zimmerman, age 30 (whom I knew).
A Prayer gathering was held today at the Northminster Presbyterian Church on Tucson Blvd/Ft. Lowell (where Phyllis’ funeral was held in 2011), and a Day of Kindness & Remembrance was scheduled at Tohono Chul Park. Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild rang the fire bell at Tucson Fire Central on Cushing Street in downtown Tucson at 10:10 a.m. this morning, at the exact time of the shooting.
Two events tonight at 7 p.m. —
Memorial services at St. Philips in the Hills, 4440 N. Campbell Ave. and a Memorial poetry reading at the UA Poetry Center, 1508 E. Helen St.
Former LD 2 Congressman Ron Barber who was shot twice on Jan. 8, 2011 will be reading at the latter event. Mayor Rothschild will be at the Memorial service.
Posted in Carolyn Classen, Community, Tucson
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Saturday, March 29, 2014!
Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium
2500 E. Ajo Way
Tucson, AZ 857135k and 3k Walk!
Registration begins at 7 AM
Walk start begins at 9 AM