Cheri’s family and business is very active in the Tucson community with charity events that service or benefit local, national and international communities. She dedicates a lot of time supporting two special charities, Father’s Day Council Tucson, that generate funds for research and education on juvenile diabetes, and BAG IT, a program providing information and education to newly diagnosed individuals with cancer and their families.

Father's Day CouncilFor the last 17 years Cheri has been active on the Father’s Day Council – Tucson board. This board nominates 4 to 5 outstanding men in the community who support family values and have been exemplary fathers. Money generated from a golf tournament and gala events are donated to the Steele Children’s Research Center for juvenile diabetes research and education. Since 1994, the Father’s Day Council Tucson has donated more than $2.4 million to this cause. The research findings done at Steele have helped so many children in our community and around the world. For information and history of this organization, go to
BAG IT is another charity organization that Cheri has been actively involved with since 2003. It is a non-profit organization committed to providing information and support to individuals with cancer. It is designed to help them cope with their diagnosis, and empower them to become an active member of the treatment team. Cheri’s sister-in-law, Sherri Romanoski, created this organization after being diagnosed with cancer herself. Since its inception, and with a small army of volunteers, BAG IT has reached over 24,000 individuals. To learn more about this wonderful organization and how it may become a part of your own community, go to
BAG IT Hike and Brunch
BAG IT Hike and Brunch
Cheri lecturingAs a former teacher, Cheri believes that an informed community is a healthier community. She dedicates time to speak to children, teachers and adult groups that are interested in expanding their knowledge of the desert and its bounty. Cheri’s lectures take her guests on a visual and verbal journey to learn about the fruits of the desert, their health benefits, the harvesting, the processing and packaging into the finished product. Her guests complete the lecture with a tasting experience of her flavorful jellies, marmalades, honey and candy.