SARRC Prepares For Big Plans At The Annual Community Breakfast

Posted By on May 15, 2019

The Event: SARRC’s 21st Annual Community Breakfast

The Cause: Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center

Mission: To advance research and provide a lifetime of support for individuals with autism and their families.

Co-Chairs: Julie Alpert and Stephanie Papadopoulos

Title Sponsor: Jaburg Wilk

Superstar Sponsors: Kathy & Mike Bosco and Sanders Charitable Family Foundation

Date held: May 9, 2019

Venue: Arizona Biltmore Resort

Notable Quote:  “We’ve been preparing for what’s next, and it’s time to start now,” said SARRC President and CEO Daniel Openden. “There is hope in autism. What’s next is our obligation, our responsibility, our mission to ensure that people with autism and communities like ours are thriving throughout Arizona.”

Notable moment: Community Breakfast speaker Zachary Brown received a standing ovation after delivering his speech to a crowd of nearly 1,500 guests, which touched on his journey as a young man living with autism and his achievements to gaining independence.

Photo Credit: Ben Arnold

  • Speaker Zachary Brown shares his employment journey with nearly 1,500 guests
  • SARRC President and CEO Daniel Openden addresses guests
  • Stephanie Papadopoulos, Sandra and Jim Bruner, Socrates Papadopoulos
  • Dan Coleman, Paula Coleman, Janet and Frank Pugh
  • Event co-Chairs Stephanie Papadopoulos, Julie Alpert
  • Guests enjoyed SMILE Biscotti, an entrepreneuial bakery business founded by Matt Resnik. SMILE stands for Supporting My Independent Living Enterprise
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