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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

Research For Life Annual Memorial Celebration – Arizona

Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, AZ on April 13th, 2024 at 10:00AM MST

Desert Botanical Garden is a 140-acre botanical garden located in Papago Park, at 1201 N. Galvin Parkway in Phoenix, central Arizona.

Discover the tranquil vibrancy of 50,000 desert plants nestled amid the red rocks of the Papago Buttes. An Arizona icon celebrating 80 years in the Valley, the Garden has grown into a compelling attraction and desert conservation pioneer, offering worldly plants, vibrant trails, world-class exhibitions, festive events, fascinating classes and so much more.

Learn more about the Desert Botanical Garden.

Research For Life Annual Memorial Celebration – California

Lorimar Vineyards & Winery in Temecula, CA on March 30th, 2024 at 10:00AM PST. This event will take place in the Barrel Room due to forecasted rain. Staff will be present before the celebration to direct you to the Barrel Room.

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.


2023 donor families can RSVP for our Annual Memorial Celebration by calling 800.229.3244 or via email at

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