Friday, January 9, 2009

Honoring the ones who give

Winter Solstice Dinner gives nod to activists

Express Staff Writer

Bobbie and Art Dahl, left, congratulate their fellow honorees, Marcia and Don Leibich, at the annual Winter Solstice party in Sun Valley. Photo by David N. Seelig

Hosted every year by David and Jill Hitchin and Sun Valley Co., the Winter Solstice Dinner is held to honor a community member for volunteerism and nonprofit participation. The event is held at the Sun Valley Lodge Dining Room where some 100 guests pay for a sit-down dinner and anonymously donate money in sealed envelopes to nonprofits of their choice, which the Hitchins then mail out.

Don and Marcia Liebich and Bobbie and Art Dahl, all of Hailey, were the 2008 honorees at the dinner held Dec. 18.

"The dinner is quite unique," Art Dahl said.

Bobbie Dahl was honored for her work with St. Luke's Wood River Volunteer Core Board, Sagebrush Equine Training Center for the Handicapped and St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Art Dahl volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, The Nature Conservancy's Silver Creek Preserve, St. Thomas, where he serves as treasurer and is a member of the vestry, and as a volunteer Forest Service Snow Ranger.

"I thought it was just Art," Bobbie Dahl said. "Dave Hitchen really surprised me by honoring me too."

The Liebichs are well known for their educational community outreach in bringing speakers to the valley. They are also members of St. Thomas and have led religious tours to the Middle East. Marcia Liebich is also a founding member of the Wood River Charitable Women's Foundation, upon which she serves as grant chairwoman.

On Thursday, Jan. 29, at 6 p.m., the Liebichs will present "From Beirut to Cairo: A Political Journey Through the Middle East," about a recent a trip during which they met with political leaders, journalists, diplomats and human rights workers. The talk will be held at the Community Library in Ketchum.

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