Annual Memorial Celebration

Research For Life recognizes whole body donors and their families every year in April by holding and Annual Memorial Celebration in Arizona and California. We gather together to honor and celebrate their lives – their gift of whole body donation gives hope to future generations and makes the world a better place for all of us.

Hope should never die with those we love!

April is National Donor Month

Each year during April, National Donor Month promotes the importance of organ, eye, tissue, and whole body donation. Throughout the United States National Donor Month features local, regional and national activities to help inspire Americans to register as organ, eye, tissue, and whole body donors, and to celebrate those who have saved lives through the gift of donation. Research For Life encourages everyone to participate and learn more about how these donors have helped to save lives.

“We welcome you to join us in the celebration of those who have given the ultimate gift to humanity. Thanks to donors and their families, we have hope for more active, healthier, and longer lives. Please bring your family and friends, all are welcome.”

– Laurie Shreves, Director of Family Services at Research For Life

Video Content: 2019 Research For Life Annual Memorial Celebration –
Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ & Lorimar Vineyards & Winery, Temecula, CA

2020 Research For Life Annual Memorial Celebration – Arizona

Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, AZ on April 11th, 2020 at 10:00AM PST

Admission into the garden for the day is included with your attendance at the Memorial Celebration.

Desert Botanical Garden is home to tens of thousands of species of cactus, trees, and flowers from all around the world spread across 55 acres in Phoenix, Arizona. The garden includes collections from Baja California, Australia, and South America representing various ecosystems. Some of the other features of the garden include a butterfly enclosure, art exhibits, and the Desert Landscape School.

Desert Botanical Garden has been designated as a Phoenix Point of Pride. Learn more about the Desert Botanical Garden.

Unusual blue flowering plant
Outdoor patio at Desert Botanical Garden
Tall purple plants and white tree
Spiky blue plant shaped like a ball
Desert path with flowers and tress
Sunset behind mountains

2020 Research For Life Annual Memorial Celebration – California

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery in Temecula, CA on April 25th, 2020 at 10:00AM PST

There will be a sparkling wine toast provided for all attendees at the Memorial Celebration. So that everyone can join us in the toast, a non-alcoholic version of the sparkling wine will be available.

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery is a Tuscan-style winery in the heart of the Temecula Valley. Featuring breathtaking views of Mount Palomar and the Santa Ana Mountains, Lorimar is the perfect picturesque setting to listen to live music, peruse local artwork, experience gourmet food, and enjoy award-winning wine.

Learn more about Lorimar Vineyards & Winery.

Staircase entry to Lorimar Vineyards and Winery
Reflection pool with water fountain in the center
Vineyards located in a courtyard
Trellised walkwat with andirondak chairs
Outdoor patio with patio table and chairs and a garden
Sweeping view of the vineyards


2019 donor families can RSVP for our Annual Memorial Celebration by calling 800.229.3244, via email, or by submitting the RSVP form below.

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