Fox Restaurant Concepts Announces Three Year Gift to PANDA

November 15, 2019

Fox Restaurant Concepts (FRC) and the Fox Family has announced a three year gift to the Phoenix Women’s Board of the Steele Children’s Research Center, known as PANDA (People Acting Now Discover Answers), which will bring their total contribution to over $1 million.

“FRC became the first PANDA Luncheon Title Sponsor in 2018 and has generously donated many amazing experiences for our silent and live auction in past years,” said Tammy Ryan, PANDA Board President. “We are incredibly grateful for their ongoing support and commitment to our mission. They are funding ground-breaking research at the University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center and touching the lives of so many people. FRC’s new three-year financial commitment is helping us reach new levels and we couldn’t be more proud to call them a partner.”

This year’s luncheon is taking place on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at The Phoenician Resort and the theme is “Field of Dreams”.  The event will benefit pediatric medical research in Arizona and feature 55 models, a live and silent auction and raffle. 

“The women of PANDA have silently dedicated their lives to fight for children and families affected by disease”, Sam Fox, Founder of FRC. “We are humbled to be able to give back and support their important and selfless work that benefits the entire state of Arizona and beyond.” 

Physician-scientists at the University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center bring their research from “the bench to the bedside” and examine complex children’s medical issues.  For two decades, PANDA has funded pilot projects and early-stage research that has fueled millions of dollars in grants. Entering its third decade, PANDA will continue to fund medical research to produce new ideas, novel treatments, and hope to find cures for children.

Sponsorship and branding opportunities are available for the 2020 Luncheon. For more information, or “like” us on Facebook or find us on Instagram.

About Fox Restaurant Concepts

Our story begins with Sam Fox, a third-generation restaurateur who is passionate about hospitality and endlessly inspired by food and design. He opened Wildflower in Tucson in 1998, and today has introduced dozens of ever-evolving Fox Restaurant Concepts brands, including Flower Child, Culinary Dropout, Blanco and The Henry. Now, 20 years later, we’ve grown to a team of over 4,000 employees in nearly 50 locations that span across the U.S. The Fox Restaurants team is a community of creative thinkers who help bring Sam’s concepts to life. Starting in our Home Office in Phoenix (also known as the “Big Kitchen”), we immerse ourselves in every detail and develop each idea into fully-fledged, brick and mortar restaurant experiences all over the country. We love bringing passionate people and big ideas together, creating amazing experiences, and sharing stories over incredible food. We see every brand as a way for us to connect with and serve those who matter most - our people and our guests. For more information, visit

About the UArizona Steele Children’s Research Center

The UArizona Steele Children’s Research Center is one of the prestigious Centers of Excellence at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson at the University of Arizona Health Sciences. It is the state’s only academic pediatric research center designated by the Arizona Board of Regents, and the only facility in Southern Arizona where researchers and physician-scientists are dedicated to advancing medical knowledge through basic and translational research to improve children’s health. As researchers, they seek to discover answers to children’s medical mysteries. As physician-scientists, they provide compassionate care to hospitalized patients at Banner Children’s at Diamond Children’s Medical Center and pediatric outpatient clinics throughout the state. And, as faculty members with the University of Arizona Department of Pediatrics, they teach and train the next generation of pediatricians and researchers.

About PANDA 

Since its founding, the Phoenix Women’s Board of the Steele Children’s Research Center, known as PANDA (People Acting Now Discover Answers), has raised over $15 million to improve treatments and cures for devastating childhood diseases as well as fund and recruit internationally recognized pediatric physicians and scientists to Arizona, providing families with the most cutting-edge medical care.  PANDA is an entirely volunteer board consisting of more than 150 Phoenix-area women.  To learn more, visit: or “like” us on Facebook, or find us on Instagram.