SARRC Hosts 20th Anniversary Community Breakfast

SARRC Hosts 20th Anniversary Community Breakfast

“Revolution: Redefining the Status Quo” was the theme of this year’s Annual Community Breakfast held by Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) on Friday, April 28, 2017.

SARRC hosted nearly 1,800 guests at the Arizona Biltmore and were joined by individuals with autism and their families as well as business, community, and elected leaders.

The event, which was co-chaired by long-time supporters Kathy and Mike Bosco, showcased SARRC over the last 20 years and for the first time ever, guests heard from every perspective of the family: parents, siblings and grandparents. Also recognized were seven individuals dubbed ‘SARRC Revolutionists’ including co-founders Denise Resnik and Raun Melmed, MD, who have helped shape SARRC since its founding in 1997.

“There are so many more revolutionists, ordinary people doing extraordinary things, big and small, each and every day, who have contributed to SARRC’s evolution and autism in this community’s revolution,” said Daniel Openden, SARRC President and CEO.  “And just as important are the revolutionists who will help us achieve a vision for SARRC’s next 20 years: a supportive community fortified with the resources to identify, treat, and integrate individuals with autism of all ages.”

SARRC’s Community Breakfast is the organization’s signature fundraising event and all proceeds support SARRC’s mission: To advance research and provide a lifetime of support for individuals with autism and their families.


Established in 1997, the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) is an internationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to autism research, education, evidence-based treatment, and community outreach. We are one of the only autism organizations in the world that provides a lifetime of services for individuals and their families while also conducting cutting edge research.

We’re also an entrepreneurial nonprofit, with less than three percent of annual revenue coming from state and federal funding. Our 18,000-square-foot Campus for Exceptional Children and our 10,000-square-foot Colonel Harland D. Sanders Center for Autism Studies, co-located with our Vocational & Life Skills Academy, are state-of-the-art clinical centers that serve as models for similar research and resource facilities.

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