SARRC hosts 21st annual event

Community Breakfast supports strategic plan to put autism services within reach

Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center celebrated its 21st annual Community Breakfast on May 9. The event was held at the Arizona Biltmore for the 20th consecutive year. Nearly 1,500 guests attended the breakfast, themed Next is Now – a nod to SARRC’s new strategic plan that will put effective services within reach of every Arizonan by 2030.

During the event, Dr. Daniel Openden, SARRC president and CEO, said, “We’ve been preparing for what’s next, and it’s time to start now. 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.”

Co-chairs Julie Alpert and Stephanie Papadopoulos kicked off the 2019 Community Breakfast, and were followed by seven guest speakers including Zachary Brown, a young man with autism, who received a standing ovation after addressing the crowd. An impressive 80 corporate sponsors helped underwrite the cost of the event, including Jaburg Wilk, long-time supporters Kathy and Mike Bosco and Sanders Charitable Family Foundation.

PHOTOS COURTESY SOUTHWEST AUTISM RESEARCH & RESOURCE CENTER

Chuck Heimerdinger, Ethan Sanders, Howard Sobelman and Cindy Sanders

Bob Emmelkamp, Sue Glawe and Mike Glawe

Sandra and Jim Bruner

SARRC Board Chair Nicole Goodwin, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, managing shareholder, addresses the crowd

SARRC co-founder Raun Melmed with event co-chair Stephanie Papadopoulos

Speaker Zachary Brown with guests

Speaker Zachary Brown, a young man with autism, received a standing ovation after sharing his employment journey with nearly 1,500 guests

Stephanie Papadopoulos, Gary Jaburg, Susan Donaldson and Julie Alpert

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