Tag Archives: January 8 2011

Beyond Tucson 2019 on Jan. 12


“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.

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We Remember, Do You?


We Remember, Do You?
January 8, 2017

Human Embrace Event
Hi-Corbett Field
Gates opens at 1 p.m.
Program promptly starts at 2 p.m.

Tucson’s Memorial is an embrace. The embrace symbol was designed to communicate togetherness, solidarity, and empathy.

Show your support for our community and other communities who have gone through tragedy by joining us on the field to create a human EMBRACE symbol.


Hosted by Tucson’s January 8th Memorial Foundation, in memory of the 13 wounded and 6 who died at the January 8, 2011 mass shooting outside of the Safeway supermarket at the NE corner of Ina Rd. and Oracle Rd. in Tucson, Arizona.

RSVP via FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/171218920019319/

5th year anniversary of “Beyond” on Jan. 9, 2016

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We committed to be better.
To be better together. (from Beyond website)

To spend more time with those we love,
and to reach out to those we don’t yet know.

To get outdoors and enjoy nature’s beauty, 
and to fully embrace all that life has to offer.

To push ourselves beyond our normal boundaries,
and to strive for that next peak on the horizon.

We will commemorate those we lost on January 8, 2011, celebrate the spirit of togetherness we felt in the days and months following the tragedy, and recommit ourselves to building a stronger, healthier future.

As this community-wide outdoor festival enters its fifth year, we will continue our journey BEYOND – towards a fresh set of challenges and new adventures!

For 2016, Beyond is moving beyond a single day of activities. We hope you joined us at one of the Beyond events on January 9, 2016.

For Beyond events from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. all over Pima County:

Check our event calendar for additional events during 2016.

Carolyn’ note:  It’s been 5 years since that fateful day of the Tucson mass shooting at the Safeway at Oracle/Ina.  6 innocent people died and 13 were wounded by a mentally ill, lone gunman, including former CD 8 Congresswoman Gabby Giffords.  How much has changed since then regarding gun safety?  And how many more mass shootings have there been since then? Answer: too many, including that one on  Dec. 14, 2012  at Sandy Hook Elem. School when 20 young children and 6  adult staff were shot & killed in Connecticut.  I cry too thinking about that horrific event, but let us move on beyond as well for gun safety.

4th year anniversary of shooting on January 8, 2011 (photos)

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.

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Four years Beyond January 8, 2011


Schedule of all Beyond Tucson events: http://www.beyond-tucson.org/events/

BEYOND is an annual community-wide event that occurs on a Saturday in early January of every year to commemorate the anniversary of January 8.

The event is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of our community and encourages Arizonans to come together, get outside and be physically active.

Carolyn’s Note: recently visited the stone monument in front of that Safeway store (SE Corner of Ina/Oracle) and remembered the fallen 6 who died on that sidewalk on January 8, 2011. May we move beyond that Tucson tragedy, and “commemorate, celebrate, commit” together.