Each year, one•n•ten’s “Fresh Brunch” fundraiser celebrates the successes of the local LGBTQ youth organization’s past year and sets the stage for the next one, and this year’s event drew record-smashing attendance and community support.
Held in February at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix, this year’s Fresh Brunch raised $759,000 for the nonprofit that provides resources, social services and more for local LGBTQ youth --- a nearly $200,000 increase over the year prior.
The event, which had an “LBGTQ+ Youth Visibility” theme, also saw nearly 1,400 attendees who came together in support of the cause, which is almost 400 more guests than last year’s affair, according to a press release.
“Watching these numbers rise year after year is tremendously rewarding, but it’s about more than that,” said one•n•ten Executive Director Nate Rhoton in a prepared statement. “Ultimately, it’s about reaching as many youth in as many corners of the state as we can, and with the generous support of the community at this event, we’ve been able to continue our efforts to do exactly that.”
Funds raised at last year’s Fresh Brunch helped pave the way for the opening of four new one•n•ten satellite locations in 2019. Now, there are nine satellite locations in total, many of which exist in rural or isolated areas where such resources are otherwise hard to come by.
This year’s funds will also go towards the relaunch and revamp of their P.O.N.D Housing Program providing housing, employment coaching, onsite mental health resources and more to participating youth as well as finance Camp OUTDoors, a groundbreaking summer camp experience that focuses on life skills, leadership development, sexual health education and similar areas.
Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego also did her part to raise awareness and support for one•n•ten, declaring Feb. 9 LGBTQ+ Visibility Day via a City of Phoenix proclamation.
Fresh Brunch event organizers also recognized a number of local standouts for their contributions to one•n•ten and the local LGBTQ community at large. Dr. Veenod L. Chulani of Phoenix Children’s Hospital took home the Babe Caylor Individual Leadership Award, while Synchrony took home the Corporate Leadership Award. Janna Gallaher, meanwhile, earned the Nora Gustavsson Volunteer Spirit Award.
“We’re incredibly humbled and grateful for the amount of support we received at this year’s Fresh Brunch,” said Mr. Rhoton. “But until we are able to give every LGBTQ youth out there effortless and easy access to resources, opportunities and a network that cares and understands the unique challenges this audience faces, we’ll continue our tireless work to get there –– and we’ll count on the community to help lead the way.”
For more about one•n•ten, check out onenten.org.