An Investment That Makes an Impact

What is Innovation Circle?

Innovation Circle is a giving group whose members jointly invest in innovative, high-impact projects that have the potential to transform pediatric medicine, allowing Phoenix Children’s best and brightest minds to turn their visionary ideas into reality.

How does it work?

Each year, Innovation Circle members’ gifts are pooled to form a grant fund to support the work of physicians, researchers and clinical leaders across Phoenix Children’s. Proposed projects are vetted by Phoenix Children’s leadership and then presented to members, who vote on which projects to fund.

Investment in Innovation Circle also comes with exclusive benefits, including:

  • Opportunities to attend Power Pitch events to hear and vote on project pitches
  • Special behind-the-scenes experiences with physicians, researchers and patients
  • Invitation to the annual Innovation Circle showcase luncheon

Become a Champion of Innovation

Join Innovation Circle today at one of the levels below and help shape the future of pediatric medicine.

For more information about becoming a member of Innovation Circle, contact:
Dana Jirauch at

Brittany and Matt Messmer

2022 Co-Chairs

Corinne Berger and Darryl Berger

Brittany and Matt Messmer


2022 Directors

Julia and Taylor Burke

Carol and Dr. Charles P. Dries, Jr.

DeeDee and Ken Vecchione

Paula and Bill Wichterman

Clarissa and Brian Robinson