Annual Anniversay Celebration


An Evening in Rome Auction Sponsors:

The Loft Cinema
Mama Louisa’s Italian Restaurant
Pima County Fair/Southwestern Fair Commission, Inc.
Tucson Symphony Orchestra

An Evening in Rome Event Committee Members:

Lucinda Abril  * Monica Aragon  * Patty Hunter

Connie Lacey  * Sonia McReynolds  * Marla Pacheco

Linda Reyes

On Saturday, October 23rd, 2010, more than 175 supporters of Open Inn joined us in celebrating 36 years of providing services to homeless and at-risk youth in Arizona. Hosted by Brad Roach and held at El Parador Tropical Garden Restaurant, we brought Madrid, Spain to Tucson!  The night included a three-course authentic Spanish dinner, Open Inn’s very own Quick Fire Auction and Flamenco Dance performances followed by professional dance instructors who helped us perfect our own moves!  Attendees also had an opportunity to hear the stories from young people who have been positively impacted by Open Inn.

Open Inn  would like to thank An Evening in Madrid’s Event Sponsors: Prescription Lab Compounding Pharmacy, Community Partnership for Southern Arizona, Tocco Financial Services, Hollingsworth Kelly Attorneys, Tucson Federal Credit Union, Peto & Co. CPA’s, AZ 1st Realty, the Panicos and Sauliz Floral Dezigns.

Special thanks to: Jonathan Kat, Hennessy Madrid, and Rochelle Yalowsky who shared their stories with us; the team at Supergold Productions; Gabriel Reyes for providing live foyer music; Brent Davis our professional auctioneer; The dancers from Academia de Baile Tradicion Y Cultura; professional dance instructors Jenny Eden and Rene Celaya; The John C. Scott Show; and An Evening in Madrid’s Auction Sponsors.


On October 23, 2009, nearly 250 of Open Inn’s friends, supporters, sponsors, staff, volunteers and Board Members gathered to celebrate our thirty-five year history of service to Arizona’s children, youth and families.  Hosted by Brad Roach, Open Inn’s 35th Anniversary Celebration, An Evening in Rio, was held at El Parador Tropical Garden Restaurant in Tucson.  Attendees enjoyed a a three-course South American dinner, the popular Quickfire Auction, youth speakers, and live performances by Sambalanco, Revo Lution, and the beautiful ladies of Caberet Boheme.

“This year’s Anniversary Celebration,” said Open Inn’s Executive Director, Nancy Panico, “is a true accomplishment.  Despite the struggling economy and extraordinary financial challenges facing organizations like ours this year, the generosity of Open Inn’s friends and supporters made this year’s event the most successful to date.”  In fact, the event raised nearly $15,000 for Open Inn’s programs for homeless children, youth and families in Arizona.

Among the attendees at this year’s Anniversary Celebration were former US Congressman Jim Kolbe, Tucson City Council candidate Richard Fimbres, Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll, and local radio personalities John C. Scott (AM 1330, The Jolt), Kenn Carr (Mega 106.3 and 104.9), and Jennifer Dempsey (94.9 Mix FM).

Open Inn  would like to thank the 35th Anniversary Celebration sponsors Prescription Lab Compounding Pharmacy, Community Partnership for Southern Arizona, Roach Law Firm, Tucson Federal Credit Union, Tocco Financial Services, Herbert Kai Farms, Sauliz Floral Dezigns, and Southwest Airlines.

Our largest fundraiser of the year, Open Inn hosts an Anniversary Event each October. A favorite annual tradition of Open Inn supporters, business and community leaders, and social luminaries; the Open Inn Anniversary Event celebrates the successes of youth and families served by Open Inn, raises crucial funds to allow Open Inn to continue to achieve its mission, and presents Open Inn’s annual Distinguished Service Award in recognition of a person or group’s valuable contributions to empowering Arizona’s children, youth and families to experience and develop positive self-worth.

Previous Distinguished Service Award recipients include:

  • 2004 - US Congressman Raul Grijalva
  • 2005 - AZ State Representative Peter Hershberger
  • 2006 - Project Safe Place
  • 2007 - Tomas Leon
  • 2008 - Richard Miranda, Assistant City Manager