The Anthem Rotary Club is inviting community members to step into the new year with purpose and compassion during their inaugural Ray of Hope Hike for the Kids. This charity event, scheduled for Monday, Jan. 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., aims to raise funds for local high school students experiencing homelessness.

Set in the scenic Cave Creek Regional Park, the event offers participants a chance to explore the Overton Loop Trail, a 3.5-mile trek known for its moderate challenge and stunning desert vistas. Hikers will assemble at the ramadas north of the Nature Center, with check-in starting from 9 a.m. The hike, starting at 10 a.m., will be organized in staggered groups to accommodate varying paces, ensuring an inclusive experience for all.
The Ray of Hope Hike is more than just a physical journey; it’s a mission to support the Ray Norris Youth at Risk program. This initiative, spearheaded by the Anthem Rotary Foundation, aims to assist teenagers in the Anthem area who are grappling with the challenges of homelessness. By providing these students with essential items like hygiene products, clothing, and meal cards, the program plays a critical role in helping them stay in school and pursue graduation.

Registration for the hike is currently open, with a special promotional discount available for early sign-ups. Participants are encouraged to secure their spots quickly, as the event is capped at 200 hikers. Along with the hike, attendees will receive a t-shirt and goodie bags as tokens of appreciation for their support.
Participation in the Ray of Hope Hike carries a dual benefit: while enjoying the natural beauty of Cave Creek Regional Park, hikers also contribute to a noble cause. The funds raised will directly support the Anthem Rotary Foundation’s efforts to provide a lifeline to at-risk youth in the area.

The Ray of Hope Hike for the Kids is a testament to the power of community action in addressing critical social issues. It’s an invitation to start the new year on a positive note, making a tangible difference in the lives of young individuals who need it the most. For more information and to register, visit