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SVWF Honors Key Festival Founder for Its 25th Anniversary and Announces New Board Members

Cheryl Welch Thomas

The Sun Valley Wellness Festival (SVWF) will celebrate its upcoming 25thanniversary June 10-13, 2022 in Ketchum and Sun Valley, Idaho with plans for a very special event, new board members and the establishment of the Cheryl Welch Thomas Scholarship Fund to honor Thomas as a key festival founder and tireless supporter of the festival since its creation.

The Festival’s volunteer Board of Directors has recently added new members and new leadership who are all passionately dedicated and committed to the organization’s mission: to inspire and support wellness of the mind, body, spirit, and environment through education, experiences, and community.

The new SVWF board President is Geneal Thompson. 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.

President Thompson remarked that “the Festival Board members encompass a remarkable combination of expertise, talent, and vision as we plan for a vibrant future. We are especially gifted with our inspiring slate of speakers, events, and programs fitting of the Festival’s milestone 25TH anniversary event this June”.

Thompson also expressed that the Festival’s Board has established the Cheryl Welch Thomas Scholarship Fund in recognition of one of the key Festival founders, emeritus board member, and long-time advocate and supporter, Cheryl Welch Thomas. Thomas is the long-time owner of the beloved 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 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. 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,” Thompson noted.

Donations can be made at The Festival will start taking online scholarship applications on March 15 at

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 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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