(L-R) Honorary Chair Tony LaRussa; Johnathan and Taylor More with their two sons, Henry and Harrison;
Alyssa Crockett, Ryan House executive director
Nearly 1,000 guests joined Ryan House’s Seventh Annual Community Breakfast on May 6
at the Arizona Biltmore, setting an attendance record. The event featured honorary chair
Tony LaRussa, Arizona Diamondbacks chief baseball officer.
LaRussa lent his support as honorary chair of the breakfast and spoke about the importance of the Ryan House mission. 3TV’s Your Life A-Z co-host Marlene Galan Woods served as emcee, and Jacque Wagner was the keynote speaker. Ryan Cottor, for whom the house was named, gave a blessing.
Ryan House is also celebrating the launch of the organization’s new brand, logo and website. 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 repiste stays of up to 28 days a year, Ryan House provides normative childhood experiences, including swimming and sleepovers, to children whose medical conditions make that difficult and empower children to live their best lives. The new logo, featuring bright colors and heart-shaped leaves, also celebrates the lovoing care children and families receive as they navigate end-of-life journeys.
The event grossed $355,146 to support the nonprofit organization that cares for Arizona’s children with life-limiting conditions and their families. In the five years Ryan House has been in operation, it has served 530 families. The organization estimates that as many as 5,000 Maricopa County families could benefit from this kind of care.
(left) Holly and Ryan Cottor, founding family members
(right) Former Arizona State Representative and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Lisa Graham Keegan with Carol Crockett
(left) Keynote speaker Jacque Wagner with her husband, Steve Wagner
(right) Bobby Freeman, Arizona Diamondbacks organist
(left) Micheline Etkin, Ryan House Executive Director Alyssa Crockett, Taylor More and her son Harrison
(right) Johnathan More and his son Harrison
(left) Marlene Galan Woods
(right) Alyssa Crockett with Luis Gonzalez
(left) Stephen Scardello, Matt Winter, Brian Hall and Steve Leach
(right) Marcel Williams, Ryan House volunteer coordinator
(left) Paulette Purnell, Luis “Gonzo” Gonzalez, J.J. Putz and Brooke Mitchell
(right) Jim and Christy Orders
(left) Bob and Sharon Cottor
(right) Paul Weiser, Cindy Weiser, Alex Caplan
(left) Christine Hoffman, Cristina Hatton, Lisa Gall, Shelley Hubbard, Julia Winter
(right) Gamma Phi Beta Chapter with Leslie Propstra, Ryan House board vice chair