Wellness Festival Founder Honored, New Board Members Named

Geneal Thompson

The Sun Valley Wellness Festival, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary June 10-13, has  established the Cheryl Welch Thomas Scholarship Fund to honor the key festival founder and tireless supporter of the festival since its creation.

Thomas is the longtime owner of Chapter One Bookstore in Ketchum, which she has run for over four decades. The Cheryl Welch Thomas Scholarship Fund offers partial and full attendance scholarships to those who are in need and apply.

Cheryl Welch Thomas

“Cheryl has been a champion and creative force for the Sun Valley Wellness Festival since day one, but she has done most of the work quietly and behind the scenes, because that is her humble nature,” new festival board president Geneal Thompson said. “This scholarship, helping others attend the festival to grow and learn, is truly the best way we could possibly honor all that Cheryl has done for the festival over the years.” 

The festival’s board of directors also has recently added new members and new leadership to carry out the organization’s mission: to inspire and support wellness of the mind, body, spirit, and environment through education, experiences, and community.

The board members include chairman Nick Maricich, vice president Dr. Aaron Stern, secretary Brenda Powell, treasurer Sam Wilke, Marya Hecht, Blair Lauren Brown, Claudia Nanino, Tommy Rosen and Allison Quistgard Scherer. Stern, Wilke, Brown, Nanino, Rosen and Scherer all joined the board in 2021.

The 25th Annual Sun Valley Wellness Festival will feature a variety of pioneering presentations from top wellness experts at the Argyros Performing Arts Center and other locations. There will be an outdoor Experience Park at Sun Valley Festival Meadows showcasing live music, vendors, music, food, movement classes, and several unique outdoor wellness adventures. Workshops will also be offered. Sun Valley Wellness Festival Passes, for both in-person attendance and ‘Virtual SVWF Experience’ options, are now on sale at www.sunvalleywellness.org. Select in-person passes have full access to all online session content through July 31, 2022. The speaker roster is available online.

The Limelight Hotel in Ketchum, serving as festival headquarters, is offering special discounted lodging rates for festival passholders.

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