Mary Hajdas loved living in Lake Tahoe and skiing and working at Heavenly Mountain Resort. She was a bright light in every department she worked for, and she shared her kindness and warmth with everyone she met.
Mary spent 9 years working with the staff at Heavenly Tahoe Vacations at the Stagecoach Lodge. After HTV closed in 2014, she worked for a season at Heavenly's Ski & Ride School and then joined the Tahoe Group Sales team for two years.
The only thing Mary loved more than the mountains was spending time with her family. She cherished her days off and her vacations because she got to spend time with her family and grandchildren.
At this year's National Group Sales Summit in October we made skateboards to donate to SOS Outreach. Although Mary was unable to travel with us due to her illness, the Group Sales Team thought of her as we adorned or boards with mountain landscapes and the SOS tagline: "Spread the Love."
We thought an SOS scholarship in her name was fitting because we know she would have wanted to share her love of skiing and the mountains with kids who otherwise would not be able to enjoy the sport. Mary demonstrated all of the program's core values in her life including Discipline, Courage, Integrity, Wisdom, Humility, and Compassion.
She would have been proud to know the scholarship in her name will inspire youth to make positive decisions for healthy and successful lives.
For more information about SOS Outreach, visit www.sosoutreach.org.