SARRC Celebrates 21st Annual Community Breakfast

2019 Annual Community Breakfast: Next is Now

The event theme of "Next is Now" emphasized how SARRC’s innovative approach to developing what’s next for people with autism is now helping them more meaningfully integrate into inclusive communities.

SARRC celebrated its 21st Community Breakfast event on May 9 which was held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort for the 20th consecutive year.

Nearly 1,500 guests attended the event, themed Next is Now—a nod to SARRC’s new strategic plan that will put effective services within reach of every Arizonan by 2030. To achieve SARRC's 10-year goals, five strategic anchors will help direct the efforts and resources. Read more about these goals on page 5.

During the event, SARRC President and CEO Daniel Openden said, “We’ve been preparing for what’s next, and it’s time to start now. There is hope in autism. And particularly in Phoenix, 'the most autism-friendly city in the world.’ What’s next is our obligation, our responsibility, our mission to ensure that people with autism and communities like ours are thriving throughout Arizona.”

Event co-chairs Julie Alpert and Stephanie Papadopoulos kicked off the Community Breakfast, and were followed by seven guest speakers including Zachary Brown (pictured above), a young man with autism who received a standing ovation after addressing the crowd. Eighty corporate sponsors helped underwrite the event including Jaburg Wilk, longtime supporters Kathy & Mike Bosco and Sanders Charitable Family Foundation.

Want to be a part of what's next for SARRC's exciting future? Make a gift today at autismcenter.org/donate and help us now!

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