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Seany Celebrates over $90k Raised!

 

 

The San Diego Hall of Champions was abuzz with guests enjoying gourmet food by Jeffrey Strauss, live music by Kamau Kenyatta, and the fast-talking auctioning of Bill Menish.  Winning bidders walked away from the silent auction with amazing items such as travel packages to Las Vegas, an electric guitar kit, and autographed footballs.  The live auction featured a behind-the-scenes tour at the San Diego Zoo and a private dinner at Pamplemousse Grille.  Assemblywoman Lori Saldana and pro-skater Willy Santos even joined us for the fun.

After a touching video about the Foundation and its inspiration, guests demonstrated their commitment to improving the quality of life for local kids by raising their paddles to donate to help fund the Seany Teen Activity Room and Seany Rehab Swimming Pool.  Yes, a healthy portion of philanthropy does make dessert taste sweeter. Of course, the raffle prizes, caricatures, and photo booth all helped as well.

 

Thank you to all of our guests, donors, sponsors, and volunteers who helped make this event possible!

Photos are posted here.


 

“When nothing is certain, everything is possible!”

-Sean Robins

Guests arriving at Celebration 09.

Guests arriving at Celebration 09.

On Sunday, October 11, from 5pm to 8pm, The Seany Foundation and over 120 friends partied in style and raised over $90,000 to make a difference in the lives of children battling cancer!

Seany Foundation Raises over $90,000!

Thanks to the generosity of the Everything Is Possible Celebration ’09 sponsors and guests, The Seany Foundation was able to raise over $90,000 to benefit its local projects to help find cures for pediatric cancers and to improve the quality of life for kids currently battling cancer.

The evening began with an open bar and about 40 silent auction items open for bids.  Guests then enjoyed the delicious cuisine catered personally by chef extraordinaire, Jeffrey Strauss (of Pamplemousse Grille).  A photo booth, caricatures, and raffle prizes kept guests entertained while Kamau Kenyatta rose spirits with his jazz tunes.  Bill Menish had his share of fun with the crowd during the live auction and also welcomed special guests Willy Santos and family and Assemblymember Lori Saldana to the party.

Pro skater Willy Santos (right) auctions off private skate lessons and lunch

Pro skater Willy Santos (right) auctions off private skate lessons and lunch

After a touching video about the Foundation and its mission, hearts throughout the room were warmed by guests “raising the paddle” to donate to help fund not only pediatric cancer research but also patient projects such as the teen activity center and rehab swimming pool.  And thus, Seany’s legacy continues.

Mitch Robins, Assemblywoman Lori Saldana, Amy Robins, and Barry Abrams enjoy the evening.

Mitch Robins, Assemblywoman Lori Saldana, Amy Robins, and Barry Abrams enjoy the evening.

We’re well on our way to hitting that half-a-million-dollar milestone.  Not bad for only a couple years!  And we’re just getting started!  Look out childhood cancer!  Your days are numbered.

Thank you to those who made this event possible: Daniel Baird Photography, Chris Daily, all of our wonderful volunteer staff, the Mission Bay High Key Club, our generous sponsors and item donors (check out the list on the News and Events page), Diane Kern, Bill Menish, the San Diego Hall of Champions staff, Willy Santos and family, Assemblywoman Lori Saldana, North Shore Printery, Scribbles Ink, Rene Van Rem, Blue Photo Booth, Kamau Kenyatta, Jeffrey Strauss, all of the lovely people in attendance, and, of course, our Seany Foundation supporters who couldn’t attend but still donated.  You can all feel very good about doing good.

Plans for next year’s Celebration are already in the works.  The date has been set for October 10, 2010.  That’s right: 10/10/10.  So, mark your calendars because it’s sure to be one party you won’t want to miss!

Celebration ’09 Sends Home Smiles

Mitch Robins, Assemblywoman Lori Saldana, Amy Robins, Barry Abrams

Mitch Robins, Assemblywoman Lori Saldana, Amy Robins, Barry Abrams

Last night’s Everything Is Possible Celebration ’09 served up smiles.  Guests took home prized possessions from our silent auction, live auction, and opportunity drawing.  There was also many a laugh coming from the Blue photo booth.

Attendees even got to mingle with special guests Assemblywoman Lori Saldana and pro-skater Willy Santos.

Special thanks go to Jeffrey Strauss for the delicious cuisine, Chris Daily for the complimentary caricatures, and Daniel Baird for his photographic skills.  More photos to come…

Cause to Celebrate!

Come celebrate with us!

Don’t miss the biggest event of the year!  Tomorrow, Sunday, October 11, from 5pm to 8pm, join The Seany Foundation and friends to party in style.  Inspired by the life of Sean Lewis Robins, the Everything Is Possible gala will celebrate Sean’s life and legacy to help raise money for pediatric cancer research and other vital patient projects.  Bring some friends! Come join us at the San Diego Hall of Champions for all the fun, and make a difference in the life of a child battling cancer.

The evening will feature gourmet food and desserts by local culinary celebrity Jeffrey Strauss, silent/live auctions, an opportunity drawing, live music, and an open bar.

Open to the public.  Tickets are $125, and dress is cocktail attire.  Show up!  And bring some friends!  We’d love to have you.

Don’t miss your chance to take home some of this cool stuff:

LIVE AUCTION

In-the-kitchen with Jeffrey Strauss at Pamplemousse Grille
Learn the chef’s secrets to gourmet cooking with a private tour and cooking lesson for 4 given by culinary expert Jeffrey Strauss.

Behind-the-scenes tour and admission for up to 15 at the world- famous San Diego Zoo
Treat your family and friends to an exotic, new adventure at one of San Diego’s most prized possessions.

18K yellow gold ring from the Diamond Boutique
Turn heads with this gorgeous 18k yellow gold ring, inlaid with mother-of-pearl, garnet, amethyst, blue topaz, and diamond.  Certified appraisal included.

32 GB iPod Touch
Get hip with the newest Apple gear.  With room for music, videos, and photos, plus access to the Internet and Mac applications, this highly sought-after product has enough fun-filled features to keep you entertained for hours on end.

Flip-kick it for a day with pro-skater Willy Santos
Earn bragging rights after you and 3 friends get a private skate lesson and lunch with professional skateboarder Willy Santos.  (On October 14, Willy Santos and friend Tony Hawk will be honored with their own display right here at SDHOC.)

Pamplemousse Private room dinner and wine-tasting for 8
Menu to be personally prepared by Jeffrey Strauss, owner and head chef of the award-winning Pamplemousse Grille.

On-the-set lunch with Danny DeVito
This VIP visit for 2 to the set of Fox’s new original comedy series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia includes lunch with Hollywood icon Danny DeVito.

One-week getaway and golf for 2 in Palm Springs
Relax for an entire week in a private 2,635 sq. ft. 3 bedroom/3.5 bath luxury home with fairway and lake views in Rancho La Quinta, Palm Springs.  Complete with pool and spa. Includes a round of golf.


SILENT AUCTION

Adventure (5)

Exotic animal interaction

Take a special trip just 50 minutes from San Diego to Nutured by Nature and meet their unique animal friends, like Tortoise, Paca, and Kangaroo.  Then, beat the heat with a dip in the pool and swim with the otters!

Behind-the-scenes at Sea World with Clyde and Seamore

Take a VIP tour backstage at Sea Lion and Otter Stadium and meet the animal stars of the show!  Be sure to bring your camera.  This is one photo op you won’t want to miss.  Includes 6 free admissions to Sea World San Diego.

Two tickets for Hornblower Cruises and $150 at Morton’s Steakhouse

Take in the fresh ocean air on your choice of a 1-2 hour harbor cruise and Sea Lion Adventure OR a seasonal weekday Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure.  Then, satisfy your sailor’s appetite downtown at Morton’s steakhouse.

Disneyland Park Hopper tickets for 4 and 100 Disney Dollars

Spend the day with the family at “the happiest place on Earth!” and continue the fun at Disney’s California Adventure Park. Just don’t spend all your Disney dollars in one place.

Dinner for 4 and museum visits in La Jolla

Discover why La Jolla is called “the Jewel” of San Diego. Spend a day exploring the Museum of Contemporary Art and Birch Aquarium and then enjoy an unlimited dinner for 4 (wine included) at the charming Cafe Milano.

Travel  (4)

Deluxe Vegas vacation at Caesar’s Palace

Get away from it all with two roundtrip tickets to Las Vegas, a genuine leather travel case, a 2-night stay at a Caesar’s Palace suite, and two tickets to see Bette Midler in concert.  It’s sure to be a weekend to remember, or to forget…

Two-week beach house rental on Mission Beach

A two-bedroom, two-bath, full kitchen, plus queen sofa bed.  Accommodates up to 6 in comfort and style with a serene ocean view.

Imperial Palace Vegas getaway

Take a break from the rat race with a 2-night stay for two at Imperial Palace, including roundtrip airfare on Southwest Airlines and two tickets to be mesmerized by Matsuri, Japan’s famed “Muscle Musical”.

Couple’s weekend Gaslamp getaway

Spend 2 nights at the luxurious Bristol Hotel in downtown San Diego. Savour the “Cuddles and Bubbles” package that includes champagne, roses, and chocolate strawberries.  Then treat yourselves to a gondola ride for 2 in San Diego Bay, dinner at Candela’s, and a couple’s massage at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Celebrities & Entertainment (8)

Two Season Subscriptions to San Diego Repertory Theatre

2009-2010 Season’s Shows:

Long Story Short

Seafarer

Boom

Culture Clash in America

A Weekend with Pablo Picasso

30-minute phone reading with psychic medium Rebecca Rosen

As seen on Entertainment Tonight, The Megan Mullally Show, and The Rachael Ray Show, Rebecca is lauded for her accurate, quantitative, and detailed information given to those she reads and for the graceful, healing approach in which she delivers the messages.

Autographed Nine Miles Down Script

This original script is signed by the entire Nine Miles Down cast, which includes actor Adrian Paul, best known for his starring role as the immortal Duncan MacLeod in the TV series Highlander.

Two children’s books written and signed by Katie Couric

The Blue Ribbon Day and The Brand New Kid are Katie Couric’s first children’s books. Also included in this package is an autographed CBS Evening News hat from Katie herself.

Electric guitar set & lessons from Bertrand’s Music

Rock out on your very own Deltatone electric guitar!  Amp, picks, Tour Grade carrying case, digital tuner, and two private lessons at Bertrand’s included.

Autographed Edward Norton Movie Poster and DVD

For the true cinema fan: one signed official Hulk movie poster and one signed Death to Smoochy DVD, compliments of the beloved actor himself.  Plus, you’ll receive a personal thank-you letter in the mail, direct from Edward!

Ten tickets to The Comedy Store and $100 to Sammy’s

“Come join us for an evening of laughs at the world-famous Comedy Store… a 3-room ‘home away from home’ for some of the hottest comedians in the country and a ‘pit-stop’ for most of the well-known comedians of our time.”

Brothers and Sisters autographed script and cast photo

This full, original autographed script from Season 4 of ABC’s hit drama Brothers and Sisters, starring Sally Field and Calista Flockhart, comes with a hand-signed cast photograph.

Health & Beauty (6)

Fine Jewelry Collection

Glam it up like the stars with a Joan Rivers Collection necklace from Threads and a handmade silver necklace from the Carlton Gallery.

The Solace package at SK Sanctuary

Slip into the silky-soft robe and cushy slippers, and SK Sanctuary already has you on your way to one of the most relaxing experiences of your life. The professional staff customizes all treatments for your age, skin type, and desires. This package boasts a 60-minute massage, 60-minute facial, manicure, and pedicure.

Robert Cromeans’ and Alvarado hair and skin makeover

Get pampered at this downtown luxurious, ultra-modern salon. To complete your new “look”, allow your natural beauty to shine through with skin care products from Epicuren.  Your hair and skin will thank you.

Beauty gift package

Get into shape at the upscale Pacific Athletic Club with an initiation fee waiver for the whole family.  Then take advantage and relax at The Sanctuary Spa.  Since you’ll be all smiles after that, this package also includes a Zoom II Whitening System with La Jolla premier dentist, Dr. David Sabourin. It will be sure to brighten your smile, as well as your day.

Two one-year Memberships to 24 Hour Fitness

Gain access to all 400+ 24 Hour Fitness locations nationwide.  Includes Active, Sport, Super Sport, and Ultra Sport clubs.

A one-year membership to Fit Athletic Club

Enjoy working out at this hip, upscale, downtown social scene. Fit is packed with top-of-the-line fitness equipment and the creme de la creme of personal trainers, fitness instructors, and staff.

Sports & Fun (10)

Marvel collectible graphic novels

Geek out in time for the next Comic-Con!  Collect these mint issues of all-time favorites The Incredible Hulk, The Amazing Spider-man, and The Uncanny X-men.

All-sports collectible trading cards

For the ultimate sports fanatic: these mint-condition collectibles feature baseball star Mark McGwire; NBA all-stars Larry Bird, Julius Erving, and Magic Johnson; and NFL Hall-of-Famer, Joe Montana.

Madden 10 for xbox and John Madden autographed poster

Game day just got even more exciting with this signed poster from one of NFL’s living legends, John Madden.  Invite some buddies over and “fight for every yard” in Madden NFL 10, the newest release in the xbox 360 game series.

San Diego Padres gift basket

Take some friends out to the ballgame with four VIP tickets to a Padres home game of choice, plus David Eckstein and Kevin Kouzmanoff autographed baseballs, a Brian Giles autographed bat, an official Padres hat, AND two t-shirts!

LaDainian Tomlinson autographed football

An avid philanthropist himself, San Diego Chargers’ running back #21 set records during 2006 by scoring a league-leading 31 touchdowns and 186 points, making him one of the home crowd favorites.

Jim Brown autographed football

Hall of Famer Jim Brown was Cleveland’s No. 1 draft pick in 1957, a unanimous first-team All-NFL pick eight times, NFL’s MVP four times, and a nine-time Pro Bowler. This makes for one pigskin you might not want to toss around.

Hole-in-one golf package

Look sharp with this Brooks Brothers golf gift basket, and tee up for a round of golf for 2 at the stunning, tree-lined fairways and beautiful, rolling slopes of the new 18-hole championship golf course at Steele Canyon Golf Club.

Drew Brees autographed football

Although he is now #9 for the New Orleans Saints, ProBowl QB Drew Brees remains a SoCal favorite and his philanthropic efforts still benefit San Diego today.

Philip Rivers autographed football

A San Diego Charger since 2004, “Wild” Rivers can boast one of the highest QB ratings in NFL history- making him a hot commodity in any pro football passing game.

Del Mar day at the races

Be seen where the surf meets the turf with two tickets to the exclusive Del Mar Turf Club, a $100 gift certificate to Milton’s Restaurant, and a Del Mar Racetrack mesh, portable cooler.

Home (6)

Silver Oak 3L Cabernet Sauvignon

With aromas of black plum, soy sauce, chocolate, rose petals, cedar and black olive, the 2004 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a complex and elegant wine that balances the expression of fruity and savory elements with finesse.

Anichini wool throw from Everett Stunz

Family owned and operated since 1963, Everett Stunz is San Diego’s Premier linen and bath store. Snuggle up with this luxury 100% merino wool throw and let your cares melt away.

Hand-blown Kathleen Mitchell cornucopia

My cornucopia, as a symbol of abundance, is a visual metaphor for The Seany Foundation. The abundance of love, compassion, inspiration, and hope that embodies The Seany Foundation unites us to make a difference. – Kathleen Mitchell

12 months of fresh flowers from ProFlowers

For one year, Proflowers will deliver a bouquet to your door every month.  The bouquets are handcrafted by Proflowers experts to create a mood that will change with the seasons. This item is a perfect addition to brighten any home!

Great News! Cooking School lessons and Rachael Ray cookware

Spice up your meals with a pair of expert lessons at this state-of-the-art cooking school.  Then, show off your personal style with a colorful Rachael Ray 10-piece nonstick, hard-anodized pots and pans set.

Family portrait from Bradford Renaissance Portraits

Bradford Rowley’s portraits of distinction can be seen in many of the most luxurious homes throughout North America and abroad. This package includes a family or individual sitting, plus one 16 x 20 embellished canvas wall portrait.


OPPORTUNITY DRAWING ITEMS

  • Four single-day admission passes to the Del Mar Racetrack (valid Wednesdays and Thursdays) and a table in the Private Turf Club, plus valet parking for 2
  • Tommy Bahama goodies gift basket
  • Four tickets to a performance at the La Jolla Playhouse AND Milton’s (Del Mar) Restaurant gift certificates
  • Cohn Family Restaurant Group $50 gift certificate AND a night at the Marriott Old Town, with breakfast and parking included
  • $30 in gift certificates to PB Bar & Grill AND a one-night stay at the Doubletree Mission Valley
  • A one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted surfboard bag AND $50 in gift certificates to the “Title Nine” women’s active wear shop in La Jolla
  • Gangsta-rapper “Mack 10” signed CD Gold Collection AND a book signed by Joey Kramer, drummer of Aerosmith
  • Double Kayak Tour from La Jolla Kayak AND a $50 gift certificate to Khan’s Cave Tavern & Grill
  • 16 Comedy Palace VIP tickets (valid Thursday-Saturday) with $10 off each person’s buffet dinner
  • Four adult admissions to the USS Midway: San Diego’s Maritime Museum AND Sunday brunch for 2 at the Westgate Hotel
  • The New Children’s Museum: Child of the Day Package
  • Escondido Children’s Museum: A one-year family membership, five guest passes, and a 10% discount in the museum store and birthday parties
  • Mrs. Burton’s Teahouse “Tea for Two” package AND a Perfect Time coffee maker
  • $20 gift certificate to Collins Family Jewelers AND a $25 gift certificate to Costco, PLUS a $25 gift certificate to Se Spa
  • Healthy Aging DVD by health guru, Andrew Weil MD, AND a “Walking Fit Kit” PLUS a Back to Basics blender
  • Two adult admissions to Six Flags Magic Mountain (valid through January 3, 2010) AND “Blowpop” and “Tootsie Roll” metal lunch boxes
  • A round of golf for 4 at Woods Valley Golf Club AND a customized “Golf Training Kit”
  • Bellydance/hoopdance classes (2) by Valentina Martin AND three In-n-Out Burger meal coupons, PLUS two In-n-Out t-shirts and an antennae souvenir

Live Auction Items Announced!

Don’t miss your chance to bid on some of the year’s most-wanted items!  Reserve your tickets today; write to [email protected] or call 858-551-5885.

The following items will be available at our October 11 Live Auction at the Hall of Champions:

On-the-set lunch with Danny De Vito
This VIP visit for 2 to the set of Fox’s new original comedy series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia includes lunch with Hollywood icon Danny De Vito.

18K yellow gold ring from the Diamond Boutique

Turn heads with this gorgeous 18k yellow gold ring, inlaid with mother-of-pearl, garnet, amethyst, blue topaz, and diamond.  Official certificate included, with exact description.

In-the-kitchen with Jeffrey Strauss at Pamplemousse Grille

Learn the chef’s secrets to gourmet cooking with a private tour and cooking lesson for 4 given by culinary expert Jeffrey Strauss.

32 GB iPod Touch
Get hip with the newest Apple gear.  With room for music, videos, and photos, plus access to the Internet and Mac applications, this highly sought after product has enough fun-filled features to keep you entertained for hours on end.

One-week getaway and golf for two in Palm Springs
(Details to come…)

Pamplemousse Private room dinner and wine-tasting for 8

Menu to be personally prepared by Jeffrey Strauss, owner and head chef of the award-winning Pamplemousse Grille

Behind-the-scenes tour and admission for up to 15 at the world- famous San Diego Zoo

Treat your family and friends to an exotic, new adventure at one of San Diego’s most prized possessions.

Flip-kick it for a day with pro-skater Willy Santos

Earn bragging rights after you and 3 friends get a private skate lesson and lunch with professional skateboarder Willy Santos.
(On October 14, Willy Santos and friend Tony Hawk will be honored with their own display right here at SDHOC.)

Calling Volunteers for Gala Event

Looking for ways to give back?  Well, give us your time and energy, and we’ll give you something to feel good about.  Volunteer at this year’s Everything Is Possible Celebration on Sunday, October 11, from 5pm-8pm at the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park.  We will need help greeting and registering guests, selling raffle tickets, setting up and cleaning up, etc.  If you’re interested in volunteering at the event, please email [email protected] for more information.

Everything Is Possible Celebration 2009 Tickets Now on Sale

Well, it’s right around the corner.  Sunday, October 11 from 5pm-8pm, The Seany Foundation proudly presents the 2nd annual Everything Is Possible Celebration at the San Diego Hall of Champions in Balboa Park!

Yes, it’s a big party to celebrate (and fundraise for) all of the positive work that is being done to help combat pediatric cancer.  We’re hosting the bar, and our beloved Jeffrey Strauss from Pamplemousse Grille will be dishing out gourmet hors d’oeurves and desserts.  Come enjoy live music, an opportunity drawing, and our silent/live auctions while you mingle with the philanthropists and who’s whos of San Diego.  You’ll also find out more about our community projects and how you can help improve the lives of local kids who are battling pediatric cancer.  Feel free to invite your friends and make an evening of it.

Tickets are $125 each.  Proceeds benefit The Seany Foundation.

Dress is cocktail attire.  To reserve your tickets, please email [email protected] or call 858-551-5885.

Opening Day at the Races

Team Seany is dressing up for opening day at the races today at the Del Mar Racetrack.  We’re trying to learn the ropes of horse racing now that The Seany Foundation has some horses of its own that will soon be running. We’ll also be sure to see one of our directors and top-givers, Jeffrey Strauss (a big race aficionado), at the track.

At last year’s Celebration gala at Moores UCSD Cancer Center, Dyan and Barry Abrams announced a surprise donation to The Seany Foundation.  Mr. Abrams originally met Mitch Robins at the cementery on one of the many afternoons that Mitch spends visiting a small, personal garden alongside the stone etched with Sean’s name.  After having visited the website and having been touched by Sean’s story and Sean’s own words on his CarePages, Mr. Abrams decided to make a contribution that would continue to give back over the years.

The Abrams bought two new thoroughbred horses, named them “Seany’s Story” and “Seany’s Courage”, and promised 25% of all winnings to The Seany Foundation.  Their generosity moved the crowd and was certainly a wonderful and welcome surprise for the Foundation.

Thank you, Dyan and Barry! We hope you enjoy this racing season!  We’ll look forward to seeing you at the track.