Amy Tacey, a prominent community member in Grand Canyon/Tusayan, was honored with a blowout retirement party during Rocktoberfest '08 Oct. 11 at the Rec Center. The entire Tacey family - Amy, Dennis, Zachary, Mason, Spencer and Grace - enjoyed the daylong event, despite freezing, cold temperatures. A die-hard group of approximately 30 people remained for the entire event.
Amy recently retired from Xanterra, where she worked as a bartender at Maswick Lodge. The Tacey family has endured much hardship during Amy's yearlong battle with cancer. She was diagnosed on Sept. 7, 2007 with a carcinoma of unknown origin that had mastitized to the left lobe of her liver and some lymph nodes in her abdomen. The retirement party served as a fundraiser for the Tacey family. There is still a bank account at Chase where donations can be made.
Those that attended enjoyed Navajo tacos on freshly created fry bread. Matt McTigue of Wendy's supplied meat chili. Quality Inn donated a cake and others donated soft drinks, beer and coffee.
A trio of high school students calling themselves "CABO" entertained the afternoon crowd. CABP featured guitarist Chris Shirley, drummer Ryan Petzoldt and bass player Andres Velasquez. Brother Muzz also provided music late into the evening in the arctic-like weather.
Most in attendance left with fabulous raffle prizes. Donors included The Grand, Best Western Squire Inn, Tusayan Café, Grand Canyon Airlines, Grand Canyon Jeep Tours and Safaris, Xanterra South Rim, Red Feather, photographer Rosie McGee, Grand Canyon Helicopters, Papillon Helicopters, Grand Canyon Association and many others.
Best wishes go out to Amy and the entire Tacey family.
(Editor's note: Rosie McGee took these photos and contributed to this story.)