Serrano’s Makes $5,000 Donation to Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center in Memory of Stephanie Serrano

Serrano's gift to charity

On Sat., Oct. 17, we hosted a “Pink Out” in memory of our sister Stephanie Serrano, who passed away just over a year ago at age 65 following a six-year battle with breast cancer. All five Serrano’s restaurants raised funds for the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center (via HonorHealth Foundation) through the sale of Stephanie’s favorite stacked enchiladas. Today, we are proud to share that we made a $5,000 donation in support of the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center, which is where Stephanie received treatment!

“We miss Stephanie greatly and wanted to do something special in her memory to help raise awareness about breast cancer and also funds for a place that served her well in her time of need,” said Ric Serrano, president and CEO of Serrano’s Mexican Restaurants. 

Stephanie grew up in the family business working first at Serrano’s Department Stores and later at Serrano’s Mexican Restaurants. She was also an entrepreneur and co-founded Brunchies, a popular Chandler-based breakfast and lunch spot, and Salina’s, a Mexican restaurant just outside of St. Louis.

With a keen sense for numbers and a savvy business mind, she took on numerous leadership roles within the community, including serving as a Chandler City Councilmember from 1988-1992 as well as serving on the Chandler Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. 

Stephanie was a devout Catholic and her faith and family were the greatest treasures of her life. Her quiet generosity touched many people over her lifetime. 

For those interested, donations may also be made to HonorHealth Foundation (select Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center in the Designation section) at We are proud to donate to this nonprofit that serves members of our community in their time of need!