By Megan Wadding, March 2017 Issue.
A little love goes a long way when it comes to the issues facing today’s LGBTQ youth. Which is why one•n•ten’s eighth annual Fresh Brunch will take place under the theme “love empowers.”
Celebrating its 24th year in the Valley, one•n•ten remains focused on growing and strengthening the love and support felt through its programs, serving LGBTQ youth and young adults ages 14 to 24.
According to Nate Rhoton, director of finance and operations at one•n•ten, Fresh Brunch was created to “inform the public of our mission and invite them to be a part of it through contributing financially to the cause.”
This year’s Fresh Brunch, a primary fundraiser for one•n•ten’s various programming, is set for Feb. 19 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa.
“We are very excited to be taking advantage of the historic and beautiful Arizona Biltmore lawn this year with the Bank of America Squaw Peak Patio Soiree after the brunch,” said Travis Shumake, development director at one•n•ten.
The event will begin with a welcome drink courtesy of Tito’s Vodka during the social hour, which begins at 10 a.m.
“[After the social hour] we head into the Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom for a jam-packed program … and then out to the Biltmore’s iconic patio for our first ever Bank of America Squaw Peak Patio Soiree to conclude the event with a string quartet and fireside socializing,” Shumake said.
Instead of having a silent auction this year, Shumake said guests will be able to purchase a $100 raffle ticket for a three-night trip to Las Vegas that includes two front-row seats to see Jennifer Lopez in concert. The value of the tickets exceed $4,500.
A new addition to the event this year will be stories of the youth on display throughout the venue. Each of the life-sized cutouts each will feature a quote or art, further familiarizing attendees with the youth being served by one•n•ten.
“These cutouts feature their stories and the impact one•n•ten has had on their lives,” Shumake explained. “Each youth cutout is an expression of the individual youth’s story.”
The event program, Rhoton, said, will be hosted by several of the one•n•ten youth, staff members and board members, in order to “fully showcase the cause, mission and those delivering the services.”
Entertainment this year, according Rhoton explained, will be provided by the youth of one•n•ten, “auction-tainer” Letitia Frye and a few other surprise entertainers.
As a result of all these changes and additions, event organizers are expecting attendance to be even higher than last year’s event, which raised more than $200,000 toward services provided by the nonprofit.
“[We are expecting] 1,200 of the Valley’s most interesting people, including elected officials, business leaders, government officials, teachers, professionals and most importantly, 80-100 of our youth attend through tables sponsored by companies and donors,” Rhoton said.
As for attire, Rhoton described the dress code is “brunch fabulous,” which could be a “springy dress, pant suit or jeans and a blazer. You will see a little of everything. It’s all about what makes you feel great and like yourself.”
“I believe events like this are important, first and foremost, in raising awareness of the services, progress and needs of the organization. This event allows the community to engage with [one•n•ten] and actively be a part of helping make a difference – whether that’s through monetary donations, spreading the word to friends, family and colleagues or connecting with one•n•ten staff, volunteers and supporters.”
–Rhette Baughman, plans to attend for the first time with a corporate sponsor
“Last year … was a well-run event and the youth who joined the program on stage to demonstrate their part in the success of one•n•ten’s programs moved me. It is a testimony to our philanthropic nature and the importance of all of us, regardless of party lines, to act and uplift our LGBTQ youth.”
–Rick McCartney, InMedia Company president and CEO
“The entire day is a celebration of the great community support for one•n•ten. [It is so great to see] our community come together to help better serve our youth. We have an obligation in the community to help our LGBTQ youth lead better lives. Fresh Brunch is only one of so many ways that you can give to one•n•ten, [which] offers opportunities for volunteering and mentoring throughout the year. We need our community’s time, talent and ongoing investment to ensure our youth have the bright future they deserve.”
–Carmen Jandacek, one•n•ten’s Board Chair
one•n•ten’s eighth annual Fresh Brunch
11 a.m.-1 p.m. (doors open at 10 a.m.)
Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa, Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom
240 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix