The M.C. for the 2019 Banquet will be Sandra “Sandi” Marra.
Larry Luxenberg, founder and President of the Museum said: “We’re so happy that Sandi has agreed to be the M.C. of our Banquet. Sandi and her husband Chris have been tremendous supporters of the Museum and Banquet since the very beginning.”
The 2019 Banquet will honor the 2019 Class of the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame. The selection process will begin with nominations from the general public. The Hall of Fame selection committee will then select the class early in 2019 and it will be announced in April.
Jim Foster, Chair of the Hall of Fame selection committee, said: “We’re thrilled to partner with the Army Heritage and Education Center for our 2019 Banquet. The USAHEC is a resource of contemporary and historical materials that honors Soldiers, past and present. The 2019 Banquet will be special, because we’ll honor the 70th anniversary of Earl Shaffer’s first A.T. thru-hike. Earl hiked the trail in 1948, after serving honorably in the U.S. Army during World War II. Earl referred to his thru-hike as ‘Walking Off The War’”.