Mary Gloria, Founder and President of Pan De Vida, stated “Many people came together to make this event a success. Our volunteers, sponsors, vendors and the community all played a part in creating an event that truly represented a slice of life and showcased services available in Queen Creek and the surrounding areas.”
The main goal of the event was to educate residents about health services available in the Queen Creek / San Tan Valley area, to promote economic growth, create positive community experiences and to raise funds for Pan De Vida programs which directly benefit families in the local area. Free health screenings included vision, glucose, dermatology, scoliosis, flu shots, chiropractic and massages. Mercy Gilbert Hospital, as well as The Hope Ultrasound van, Midfirst Bank Coin Van and Hospice of the Valley.
Approximately 1500 people and over 100 local businesses, churches and health organizations came together for the event. Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney and family kicked off the fair with a short speech and stated the Queen Creek didn’t just care about health, Queen Creek was dedicated to encouraging residents to live happy and healthy lives. The Mayor also thanked Mary Gloria for her continual positive influence on the Town and the community through her selfless work through the Pan De Vida.
The Town of Queen Creek also held free recreation classes for residents during the “Free Day of Play” which included Zumba, Yoga, Jazzercise, youth dance, ceramics, drawing, and many other activities. For more information about recreation classes and what is offered for fall and winter, please visit www.queencreek.org.
Mary Gloria also stated that “Overall, it was a beautiful day and we were blessed. We were able to connect residents with local health services and with local businesses. We raised funds for our programs for the upcoming holidays. All I can say is thank you to everyone who participated. It was a sweet success!”
About Pan de Vida
Pan de Vida is a nonprofit organization that works to better the lives and the quality of life of the
needy, senior citizens and others in the Queen Creek / San Tan Valley community and surrounding areas through active outreach with free medical clinics, food pantry, senior programs, Adopt a Christmas Child and college scholarships. Volunteers and donations are always welcome. To learn more visit www.pandevidaaz.org or call 480.987.0819.
Written by Bridgette Crosby