LINK TO EVENT PHOTOS: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/85rrbh9mg705ujs/AADsEoMDNWjs-SQ_vUEMFbmWa?dl=0
The most unique fundraising event of the year was also incredibly successful, as celebrities and hundreds of attendees converged upon The Van Buren on February 15 to net more than $330,000 for charity.
The second-annual Brenda & Kurt Warner’s Celebrity Game Night included many memorable, hilarious and touching moments as the community came together to support Treasure House, a community in Glendale founded by the Warners to provide a home for young adults with cognitive and developmental disabilities.
The list of celebrities and athletes in attendance included Melissa Peterman, famed actress; Frank Caliendo, comedian; Torey Lovullo, Arizona Diamondbacks Manager; Archie Bradley, Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher; Kliff Kingsbury, Arizona Cardinals Head Coach; David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals running back and many more.
And of course, the event honored Arizona Cardinals legend Larry Fitzgerald, who singlehandedly helped raise more than $60,000 himself through his own generosity and gave a significant donation of his own as well. Fitzgerald was presented with a Treasure House key, hand-welded by Brenda Warner herself, a replica of which will also be displayed in the Treasure House entryway. And Kurt Warner made the night of dozens of attendees by providing an opportunity to catch a Hall of Fame football thrown by the former quarterback himself — which raised more than $40,000 while providing some of the night’s funniest moments.
Treasure House’s residents themselves were a big part of the program, receiving a standing ovation when they were introduced during the program and greeting attendees and making the rounds the entire night.
“We’re incredibly pleased with the amount of money raised at Celebrity Game Night, but just as importantly, we were very moved by the outpouring of support and love shown toward the young people who live at Treasure House,” said Lauri Tanner, Interim CEO of Treasure House. “The residents were just beaming during and after the event. We’re so grateful to everyone in attendance for both their financial and their emotional support.”
The Van Buren was converted into one giant game room, full of favorites such as giant Jenga, skee ball, shuffleboard much more. Some of this community’s most beloved current and former professional athletes helped raise money by competing in games such as “Catch Phrase,” and guests had the opportunity to win prizes while learning more about honoree Larry Fitzgerald through a special tribute and in-depth interview about his life and career.
The event also included a special VIP Reception with Kurt and Larry where attendees had an opportunity to rub elbows and take photos with the two legendary Phoenix sports figures.