Nearly 1,500 guests attended Ryan House’s 9th Annual Community Breakfast on Friday, March 31 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort, which featured motivational speaker and NCAA Champion, Anthony Robles.
The event raised over $500,000 that will directly support the nonprofit organization which relies 100 percent on community donations and cares for Arizona’s most medically fragile children and their families.
“As Ryan House celebrates its seventh year with open doors open hearts, we’re thrilled to announce that this year’s Community Breakfast set an attendance record of nearly 1,500 guests,” said Ryan House Executive Director Alyssa Crockett. “We are so grateful for the support of the community, which has opened its heart to Ryan House and embraced our mission. For the children and families we serve, Ryan House is a lifeline.”
Robles lent his support as Honorary Speaker and spoke about the importance of the Ryan House mission and how he has faced his own challenges. Hospice of the Valley’s Community Engagement Director, Lin-Sue Cooney, served as the event emcee. This year’s Event Chair and Co-Chair were Julia Winter and Steffani Meyers. The event also featured a Ryan House family keynote speech from the Tavizon Family, and a blessing by Ryan Cottor, namesake for Ryan House.
Other special guests that morning included AZ Diamondbacks Tony La Russa, Arizona Secretary of State, Michele Reagan, Former Paradise Valley Vice-Mayor Mary Hamway, Former Secretary of State Betsy Bayless, Former Republican Member of the House of Representatives Barry Goldwater Jr., Senior Policy Advisor for Health and Human Services Policy Christina Corieri, and Former Phoenix Councilman and Vice-Mayor Tom Simplot.
Ryan House is a safe and joyful place where kids can be kids and families can be families. During respite stays of up to 28 days per year, Ryan House provides normative childhood experiences, including swimming and sleepovers, to children whose medical conditions make that difficult and empowers children to life their best life. As one of only two facilities of its kind in the nation, Ryan House is leading the way for a new model of care in pediatric palliative care.
“We’re proud that we’ve been able to serve over 600 families in the seven years Ryan House has been in operation,” said Crockett. “We estimate as many as 5,000 families in Maricopa County could benefit from this kind of care. The funds raised today will allow us to continue to reach those who need us most.”
Ryan House Community Breakfast