Community Breakfast raises $355,146 for Ryan House


Nearly 1,000 guests joined Ryan House’s seventh annual Community Breakfast at the Arizona Biltmore Resort May 6 featuring Honorary Chair Tony La Russa, chief baseball officer for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The event raised $355,146 in direct support for the nonprofit organization that cares for Arizona’s children with life-limiting conditions and their families.

“As Ryan House celebrates its fifth year with open doors and open hearts, we’re thrilled to announce that this year’s Community Breakfast set an attendance record of nearly 1,000 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.”

Mr. La Russa lent his support as honorary chair of the breakfast, and gave remarks during the event’s program about the importance of the Ryan House mission.

“Your Life A-Z” Co-Host Marlene Galan Woods served as the event’s emcee, which also featured a Ryan House family keynote from Jacque Wagner, and a blessing by Ryan Cottor, namesake for Ryan House.

Other special guests of the event included Diamondbacks legend Luis “Gonzo” Gonzales and Diamondbacks former player J.J. Putz along with Arizona State Representatives Debbie McCune Davis and Jeff Weninger; Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community Councilman Archie Kashoy; former Phoenix Councilman and Vice-Mayor Tom Simplot and former Arizona State Representative and State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Lisa Graham Keegan.

Ryan House is also celebrating the launch of the organization’s new brand, logo and website. Developed in collaboration with MM Brand Agency, the new brand identity was created to emphasize that 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. The new logo, featuring bright colors and heart-shaped leaves, also celebrates the loving care children and families receive as they navigate end-of-life journeys.

“We’re proud that we’ve been able to serve 530 families in the five years Ryan House has been in operation,” said Ms. 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.”

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