On February 10, 2023, Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner and his wife Brenda hosted Smoke and Strings, a star-studded Super Bowl LVII pre-party at their home, which raised more than $750,000 for Treasure House Phoenix. Over 300 guests were treated to an intimate concert under the stars, featuring a special performance by Blake Shelton, Grammy nominated country music superstar. Gwen Stefani and Kane Brown made impromptu appearances on stage.
Proceeds from VIP and Premier tickets, which ranged from $4,000 to $10,000 for individuals and couples, benefited Treasure House Phoenix, an active living community for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Warners founded the nonprofit in 2018, with inspiration from their son Zack Warner, to provide people with disabilities the same opportunity as all others to lead successful and fulfilling lives. Proceeds from the special evening supported Treasure House’s Growing Home campaign, a vision led by CEO, Lauri Tanner, to replicate the distinct model across the nation.
“Many guests at Smoke and Strings were exposed to Treasure House for the first time and were greatly moved to learn how the nonprofit empowers and inspires its residents to lead their best lives. People had tears in their eyes,” Tanner said. “Treasure House intends to cultivate these wonderful new relationships to support our full potential as we expand across the country.”
After a cocktail hour and during a full-course dinner, guests were entertained by Jon Dorenbos, NFL athlete turned magician. Kurt, Brenda, and Zack took the floor of the elegant canopy dinner to share their Treasure House story. Then, Kyle Brandt, NFL Network host, joined Kurt on stage to talk life and football. After dessert, the party transitioned to a casual concert area for Shelton’s acoustic performance. At the close of the evening, VIP guests received a Warner-signed Cardinals replica helmet and a specialty crafted gift box.
The Warners were pleased to have their closest friends join them in celebration of Super Bowl LVII being hosted in their home state while supporting a mission that is heavy on their hearts. “Treasure House has the ability to take this group of what everybody looks at as underdogs and say, ‘Destiny belongs to you. The future belongs to you. You can walk in your purpose. You can live in your dreams,’” Kurt Warner said. “Parents and families [impacted by disabilities] are starting to hope and dream for something bigger because of Treasure House.”