Celebration 2012 Raises Over $100K

On Saturday, October 13, over 100 guests gathered at the Del Mar Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe, CA, for The Seany Foundation’s 5th Annual Everything Is Possible Celebration. The landmark event was our best yet, raising over $100,000 for childhood cancer research and patient care programs. During the event, donors helped TSF achieve its millionth dollar raised since fundraising efforts began in 2007!

Guests enjoyed delicious cocktails, live music by Palter Ego, a silent/live auction with exciting prizes, and a gourmet meal. In recognition of her ongoing dedication to the fight against childhood cancer, Ms. Lori Iaquinta received the Seany Community Service Award.

The evening’s highlights included a special ballroom dance demo by Kurt Popp and a special announcement by co-founder Mitch Robins that TSF had raised its millionth dollar to-date. Many guests left the clubhouse that evening with their arms full of goodies. The champagne drawing winner took home a new iPad, opportunity drawing winners took home gift certificates, and winning bidders took home hot items ranging from a Hawaiian vacation to his and hers snowboards.

The Seany Foundation would like to thank the following sponsors for making the event possible: Alfonsi Railroad; Barona Resort & Casino; CustomerCentricSelling; Dr. John Smoot; Eddy Pump; Kleinfelder; Lockton Insurance; Medical Center Pharmacy; Nikolai and Maria Tankovich; Terry and Janice Tervort; Variety, the Children’s Charity of Southern California; and WJ Bradley. For sponsorship and advertising opportunities at future events, please contact Amie Forte Kuznicki at [email protected].

Check out more event photos on Facebook. Photos can also be purchased at Baird Photography. Special thanks also go to our photographer extraordinaire, Daniel Baird.

Did you attend Celebration 2012? Let us know what you think! Write us a review; we’d love to hear from you.

SOMBFAB Awards Guardian Angels

Yesterday, Amy Robins, Co-founder of The Seany Foundation, was pleasantly surprised to be presented with the “Guardian Angels Award” from the young cancer patient and siblings’ support group Some of My Best Friends Are Bald.

Amy Robins with Nurse Amy Crisman-Schneider

This past year, The Seany Foundation invited SOMBFAB members to walk the red carpet at Seany Movie Nights, free-of-charge. Several of its members also enjoy using The Seany Room in the oncology wing of Rady Children’s Hospital, a space dedicated to teens and young adults.

The Seany Foundation is honored to receive the Guardian Angels Award and would also like to wish SOMBFAB a very happy 21st anniversary! Kudos to fellow 2011 Guardian Angel Award recipients Aldo Sabino, Carmen Delgadillo from Friends of Scott, and Gary Schneider.

Art from the Heart Helps Heal

On September 20, over 40 works of art created by young cancer patients and their siblings brightened the halls of the Acute Care Pavilion at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego as part of the 2011 Art from the Heart Exhibit, sponsored by The Seany Foundation.

Merit Award and Judges' Choice Recipients

Artists, ranging in ages from 1-20, wowed the crowd and judges with their creativity and talent. A public event that began in 2005, the Art from the Heart Exhibit gives patients being treated on the Hematology/Oncology unit at Rady Children’s Hospital and their siblings an opportunity to express themselves through art for both fun and recognition. As such, each participant walked away with a ribbon for their unique contribution. Ribbon categories included Judges’ Choice, Merit Award, or Honorable Mention. Many of the proud artists’ family and friends were also in attendance to show support for their loved ones.

Guests View the Artwork

The exhibition was followed by a celebratory reception that included refreshments and snacks and a saxophonist who helped set the mood for the evening’s festivities.

The Seany Foundation proudly salutes the talented young artists of Rady Children’s Hospital and thanks Dr. Deborah Schiff for organizing this wonderful event. The Seany Foundation would also like to thank its donors for making this and other programs that make a real difference in the lives of kids battling cancer possible.

To view more photos, visit The Seany Foundation’s Flickr Photostream.

Celebration 2011 Raises Over $80K for Childhood Cancer

On Saturday, September 17, over 100 guests attended The Seany Foundation’s 4th Annual Everything Is Possible Celebration at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps in LaJolla, CA. Guests enjoyed cocktails, gourmet cuisine, live entertainment, live/silent auctions, and an opportunity drawing, all while helping raise over $80,000 for pediatric cancer research and patient-care projects!

The Robins Family

Guests were also treated to the unique and spectacular lighting of BlissLights, who graciously donated their time and professional lighting to illuminate the entranceway that guests passed through on their way to the Tide Pool Terrace, where they enjoyed cocktails and a front row view of the stunning orange and purple sunset against the gorgeous and vast Pacific Ocean.

Entrance by BlissLights

Cocktails on Tide Pool Terrace

Once the sun went down, sister pop duo Ruby Summer gave a spirited live performance, and guests browsed enticing silent auction items, which ranged from a magnum of fine wine to an autographed guitar from the famous rock band Heart.

At the end of the silent auction, guests headed inside to their tables, which were festively named after exotic fish and decorated with bright blue and green tablecloths and soft, flickering candlelight. Shortly thereafter, plates adorned with the gourmet creations of Jeffrey Strauss of Pamplemousse Grille were placed in front of each guest to experience.

Guests Enjoy the Festive Food

Next, The Seany Foundation Co-founders Mitch and Amy Robins took to the stage to officially welcome guests for their attendance and support. Afterward, hip-hop artist Urbalist gave a powerful performance, highlighting the struggles of teens and young adults battling cancer. The rapper and cancer survivor also took the opportunity to shine the spotlight on this year’s Seany Community Service award recipient Ben C. Weinrib and his charitable works.

2011 Seany Community Service Award Receipient: Ben C. Weinrib

Following his acceptance speech, Ben drew the winning ticket in the Champagne Promotion – the winner was to take home a 32″ LCD TV. In true Seany spirit, the lucky winner donated the TV he had just won to a young cancer patient in attendance.

Auctioneer Steve Hamann then began what turned out to be a very exciting live auction! As quickly as Steve could get out the words, guests were raising their bid numbers to snatch up exotic travel packages, a Chargers package that included lunch or dinner with Safety Steve Gregory, and an exclusive golf package. Supporters continued to show their unbridled support during Raise the Paddle, generously donating over $7,000 to support The Seany Foundation’s current research and patient programs.

Dr. Sabourin Gets the Bidding Started

Finally, dessert and coffee were served and the Co-founders wrapped up the evening by announcing the opportunity drawing winners. The lucky winner of the coveted iPad2 happened to be a young guest who was celebrating the 14th anniversary of her adoption!

There is no doubt that this year’s “Everything Is Possible” Celebration was a success and that folks showed their true colors and desire to make a difference in the lives of kids and teens with cancer. For this, we are endlessly thankful. Along with guests, The Seany Foundation would like to thank its Gold Level Sponsors: Barona Resort & Casino, Eddy Pump, Medical Center Pharmacy, and Kleinfelder, as well as its many in-kind donors.

Thank you all for helping make cures possible for children with cancer. Simply put, none of this would be possible without you!

To view more photos of the event, visit Baird Photography.

Thanks for Coming for the Magic! Did You Win Our Drawing?

To all our dear wizards, witches, and Muggles who joined us at last night’s Seany Movie Night, aka Hairless Potter Night 2011, THANK YOU!

We’ll have photos and more info posted in the next couple days. Right now, we’d like to announce the lucky winner of the 2 VIP tickets to the next Seany Movie Night:

Winning ticket number

661895

If you have the winning ticket, call us at 858-551-5885 or email [email protected] to claim your prize!

Golf FORE Amazing Prizes

Think you have what it takes to win one of our incredible prizes? Register for the 1st Annual Swinging for Seany Golf Tournament, and you could take home one of these fantastic awards:

Hole-in-One
$15,000 CASH or a Two-Year Lease on a Ford Mustang!
~You’ll have two chances to win and the first one is free!~

Longest Drive (Men’s and Women’s)
First place: First-Class Wedge
Second place: 2 Tickets to a San Diego Padres Game
Third place: $25 Gift Certificate to The Cheesecake Factory

Closest to the Pin
First place: Trip for 2 to Las Vegas*
You and a lucky guest will fly Southwest airlines to Las Vegas, where you will stay
for 2 nights in the world-renowned Aria Resort & Casino

*The trip must be taken no later than November 1, 2011.

Lowest Team Score
First place: $125 Gift Certificate for Golf Mart
Second place: Massage Gift Certificate for The Spa Sanctuary

Par 3 Challenge with Maiya Tanaka
$40 per foursome; $20 per twosome: Beat Maiya’s shot and each player gets 3 raffle
tickets (a $20 value!). Lose, and your team gets to use Maiya’s shot!

Don’t delay. We’re less than a week away from all the fun! Register today!

SD Supervisors Award $20,000 to The Seany Foundation

Congrats to our Seany Foundation Grant Writing Team, Melanie Robins and Amie Forte Kuznicki, for their efforts in securing a $20,000 grant from the County of San Diego! The grant will go toward construction costs related to completing the final phase of the Seany Room in the new oncology wing of RCHSD.  The Seany Foundation sends a special thanks to Supervisor Ron Roberts for all his support!Photo credit: http://sdnorthparknews.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Ron-Roberts-Headshot-300x284.jpg

If your company has a charitable giving program or you know of a grant that might be right for The Seany Foundation, drop us a note at [email protected].

Seany Named Finalist by San Diego Business Journal

The San Diego Business Journal‘s “Family-Owned and Closely-Held Business Awards” will be held today at 4pm at Paradise Point Resort & Spa.  The awards are presented by the SDBJ, SDSU College of Business Administration Entrepreneurial Management Center, and the UCSD Continuing Education Family Business Forum.  And The Seany Foundation has been named a Finalist!  Congratulations to our co-founders Mitch, Amy, and of course, Sean Robins!

Seany Rocks the HMMA’s

Always an avid music lover, Sean would be proud!  The annual Seany Robins Rock Award, named after our favorite inspiration, will be given this year to an up-and-coming artist at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards on November 18, 2010.

Adding to the excitement, Seany Records artists are also nominated in various categories.  (Just another way Sean continues to rock our world.)

StayClassy Award Nomination for Seany

Thanks for the nomination!  Someone has nominated The Seany Foundation for Most Creative Fundraiser as well as Best Small Charity.  We appreciate the support.  It’s nice to know that word is getting out about the local fight against childhood cancer.  Final nomination results come out in October, so we’ll keep you posted if we make the cut.  Thanks, StayClassy for recognizing the little guys, too!