Each November, the staff at Arizona Raft Adventures excitedly awaits the release of the annual Grand Canyon calendar published by the Whale Foundation. This gorgeous calendar adorns the walls at the AzRA headquarters. It proudly decorates the homes of river guides and support staff. In addition, the calendar is a favorite souvenir for past guests. It is also a great gift for someone preparing for their very first adventure. Most importantly, it is a way for all to connect with the River, the Grand Canyon and those who love the Canyon.
Because of this, Arizona Raft Adventures is proud to announce the Whale Foundation’s 2017 Grand Canyon Calendar. You may be curious… what is the Whale Foundation? What makes this non-profit so special to those floating in the eddy of the Grand Canyon river community?
The Whale Foundation in a Nutshell
The foundation was created in honor of Curtis Hansen, a beloved Grand Canyon river guide who started guiding in the late 60’s. Curtis Hansen became known as “Whale”. He was a legendary Grand Canyon river guide, but tragically took his own life in 1995. Read a short biography about “Whale” written by AzRA guide Brad Dimock. Brad writes about how Curtis became known as “Whale.” Also especially relevant, Earl Perry writes a great short article. It is titled There are a Million Whale Stories and Most of Them Are True.
The Whale Foundation’s purpose is to provide access to health care and a variety of support services designed to “restore, promote and celebrate the well-being of the Grand Canyon River Guiding Community.” The organization offers a confidential helpline, access to wellness programs, and opportunities such as scholarships and networking. Additionally, a guide can receive assistance with career and financial planning.
You Can Help. Buy A Calendar or Donate.
The release of the Whale Foundation Calendar is one of the most beloved fundraisers in Northern Arizona. The calendar is popular among river running communities around the nation. Also, a popular calendar for commercial raft guests – both new and old. Consequently, is a favorite calendar to all who love the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon.
This year’s Grand Canyon calendar is extra special. It displays beautiful Grand Canyon themed photographs and a little bling. Each month has a QR code to scan with your smart phone. The QR code takes you to a soundbite of a real Grand Canyon River Guide telling a real Grand Canyon rafting tale. Hence, the 2017 Whale Foundation Calendar will certainly spark a connection between you, a river guide and the River.
Most noteworthy, proceeds from the sale of each calendar go directly to the Grand Canyon Guiding Community. Proceeds support the many programs and services the foundation provides.
BUY A 2017 GRAND CANYON CALENDAR TODAY FOR ONLY $12 (plus shipping).
Furthermore, there are additional ways to support the Whale Foundation. Please visit www.whalefoundation.org and make a financial contribution or offer support.