David Larance-Patterson and his husband, Kevin Patterson, decided in the summer of 2011 that they wanted to see if building a family was possible. After researching the many options for bringing a child into their home, David was moved to work with DCS after learning of the severe need for placements. They were not married (nor was marriage legal in AZ at the time) and in a same-sex relationship, which immediately closed many doors. After attending an orientation, David and Kevin sought out Arizona’s Children Association, as they were the only agency listed who explicitly stated that they would work with same-sex couples. Flash forward 18 months later to a meeting with the Pattersons and two small girls who would eventually become their daughters. David’s fight for his family was still not through though because he and Kevin were still not married. This gave cause for David to join the marriage equality movement and litigate for his family and others who were put in jeopardy because of discriminatory marriage laws. On October 17, 2014, David, Kevin, and several other couples won the case for marriage equality in Arizona securing their family’s future. It was his Daughters and husband who inspired this fight and made it possible for more families’ security. David and family continue to advocate for the rights of same-sex parents as well as support organizations like Arizona’s Children Association that work for a better foster solution.
Support David Patterson by purchasing your sponsorship, People’s Choice Votes and/or tickets below to attend our brunch event on December 7, 2019. If you aren’t able to attend, you can still support him by purchasing votes for him to win the People’s Choice Award!
Please help me raise funds for children!
It’s easy to support me & the kids!
1. Come cheer me on! Buy a seat or a table at the event.
2. Buy a vote(s) for me as the People’s Choice Dancer
3. Be a sponsor or buy an ad to cheer me on.
Need help buying votes? Click here!
If you are buying a table, our team will contact you for the names of the additional guests.
Online registration is closed. To purchase tickets, please contact Keryn Shipman at KShipman@arizonaschildren.org or 602.234.3733 ext. 2273.