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TSF Shines on San Diego People

On Sunday, November 27, KUSI’s Allen Denton interviewed Co-founder Mitch Robins on the morning program San Diego People. If you missed the episode, check it out here! The Seany Foundation feature begins at minute 20:49.

TSF on KUSI San Diego People

Great Holiday Gift Ideas

Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Give the gift that keeps on giving with these holiday suggestions from The Seany Foundation:

A Holiday Party with Heart

Host your own holiday party to benefit children with cancer. An ugly sweater party? A holiday tapas dinner? It’s easy to raise funds and cheer, while having fun with friends. Create your own invite page today at StayClassy.org!

 

Holiday Shopping for Good

Do your online gift shopping through GoodShop.com.

Shop at more than 2,400 merchants including Best Buy, Toys “R” Us, and others, and a percentage of each purchase will go to The Seany Foundation! Just list “The Seany Foundation” as your cause of choice.

 

Make the Holidays Brighter

Send a tribute to honor someone you love.

Just click “Tribute Donation” on our donate page, and we’ll be sure to send a personalized letter acknowledging your gift!

Mark Your Calendars for giveBIG

On Wednesday, December 14 at 7 AM through Thursday, December 15 at 7 PM, The Seany Foundation will be part of giveBIG San Diego, a program developed by The San Diego Foundation in conjunction with the BetterGiving organizations.

During these 36 hours, the giveBIG event will be collecting donations that will be matched dollar-for-dollar (up to $10,000 per gift) by The San Diego Foundation.

So, mark your calendars and double your impact by giving online on December 14!

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.

Seany’s 30 Ways in 30 Days

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and The Seany Foundation needs you to help spread the word!

“During National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we honor the young lives taken too soon and the survivors who face chronic health challenges, we celebrate the progress made in treatment and recovery, and we rededicate ourselves to fighting this disease so all children may have the chance to live a full and healthy life.” -President Barack Obama

All month long, we’ll be sharing ways that you can help make a difference in the lives of kids with cancer. Check back every day for updates!

Day 1: Check out our September National Childhood Cancer Awareness video:

Day 2: Read Seany’s Story at http://www.theseanyfoundation.org/story.aspx

Days 3 and 4: “Like” The Seany Foundation on Facebook.

Day 5: Start using GoodSearch.com, which gives the charity of your choice money every time you do an Internet search. Remember to choose The Seany Foundation in La Jolla, CA.

Day 6: Donate your Facebook status. Post “September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Cancer is the leading cause of death in children. Help make a difference today. www.facebook.com/TheSeanyFoundation”

Day 7: Ask your best Facebook friends to “Like” The Seany Foundation.

Day 8: Write a review about The Seany Foundation and/or its fun events at http://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/profile2/the-seany-foundation

Day 9: Read Sean’s (“Seanylewbear”) words on Carepages: http://www.carepages.com/ServeCarePage?cpn=Seanylewbear

Day 10: Shop tons of your favorite merchants online at GoodShop.com and pick The Seany Foundation as your charity of choice.

Day 11: Follow @SeanyFoundation on Twitter.

Day 12: Watch this video about Sarcomas: http://youtu.be/A0-sb5LCmOg

Day 13: Today is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Day. Wear something yellow to show your support.

Day 14: Check out photos from Hairless Potter Night 2011: http://www.flickr.com/photos/theseanyfoundation/sets/72157627080719985/

Day 15: Send flowers or a gift to someone you love using ProFlowers: http://www.proflowers.com/landing2.aspx?pageid=optin&ref=fgvaffilNonProfitseany

Day 16: Advertise your business or the business of someone you know by donating an item or service for one of our upcoming events. For more info, visit http://www.theseanyfoundation.org/celebration

Day 17: Celebrate with The Seany Foundation! Join us for our annual party: www.theseanyfoundation.org/celebration

Day 18: Set up a tribute in honor of or to someone you love: http://www.theseanyfoundation.org/tribute_form.aspx

Day 19: Check out photos from all our fun events: http://theseanyfoundation.org/gallery.aspx

Day 20: See how your donation impacts the lives of kids and teens battling cancer. Join us for the 2011 Art from the Heart Exhibit at Rady Children’s Hospital today from 6:30pm-8pm in the Acute Care Pavilion!

Day 21: Word of mouth is a great gift. Tell someone you know about us today!

Day 22: Join Team Seany! Email [email protected] to join our volunteer list.

Day 23: Donate your car, boat, RV, or motorcycle: http://www.cars4causes.net/charity-car-donation/the-seany-foundation?_vsrefdom=charity_pages

Day 24: Read “In Cancer Fight, Teenagers Don’t Fit In” and share it with others: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/16/health/16canc.html?adxnnl=1&ref=health&adxnnlx=1313779779-TXrtijdlEstwQc/Qddb9tw

Day 25: Subscribe to The Seany Foundation’s YouTube Channel. Pick your favorite video to send to family and friends: www.youtube.com/seanyfoundation

Day 26: Visit The Seany Foundation Blog at http://blog.theseanyfoundation.org

Day 27: Bike, run, or walk? Create your own page to fundraise for The Seany Foundation at http://www.firstgiving.com/24587

Day 28: Sign up to receive our newsletter! Text SEANY to 22828 or sign up online.

Day 29: Watch this video to see how Urbalist used hip-hop to beat cancer: http://youtu.be/JvAXPf73Yi0

Day 30: Stay in touch! Connect with us online (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Flickr) to find out about our events and ways you can make a difference year-round.

Understanding Cancer in AYA

AYA = Adolescents and Young Adults

One of the reasons cancers in adolescents and young adults is so difficult to treat is because it’s just that: cancer in adolescents and young adults. The amazing transition from childhood to adulthood poses great challenges for cancer treatments in this particular stage of life. According to Dr. Brian Hayes-Lattin, “More than 72,000 adolescents and young adults (ages 15 to 39) learn they have cancer each year in the United States, a number up to seven times larger than the number diagnosed under the age of 15.” For more on why The Seany Foundation is concerned about improving treatments for teens and young adults, read the full NCI Cancer Bulletin article.

Join Us for Celebration 2011!

Invitations are in the mail! If you aren’t on our mailing list, be sure to email [email protected] to receive a personal invitation to The Seany Foundation’s 4th Annual Everything Is Possible Celebration:

4th Annual Everything Is Possible Celebration – September 17, 2011
The Seany Foundation event to benefit Ewing sarcoma research at UCSD and Rady Children’s Hospital

An evening of cocktails, gourmet cuisine by Jeffrey Strauss, live entertainment, and a
live/silent auction and opportunity drawing—all in the name of pediatric cancer research.

Location: Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Time: 7-10pm
Tickets: $150 per person; $1400 per table of 10
RSVP: 800-794-8282

The Seany Foundation
The Seany Foundation funds research to help find cures for pediatric cancers, especially sarcomas, and works to improve the quality of life for children, teens, and young adults battling cancer. For more information, please visit http://www.theseanyfoundation.org.

Thank You, Sponsors!

The Seany Foundation would like to send a big thanks to everyone who sponsored a kid and/or family to attend this year’s Hairless Potter Night! Click the image below to see how you made a difference in the lives of kids and teens with cancer:

Hairless Potter Raises Over $14K

Thank you, Seany supporters! Your magic helped us raise over $14,000 at this year’s Hairless Potter Night.

Over 300 people attended Seany Movie Night at UltraStar Poway. Guests followed the red carpet to Theater 10, where they were among the first in San Diego to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. KUSI and Fox News were there to cover all the excitement.

Seany’s Sponsor-a-Kid Program provided 100 complimentary tickets to young cancer patients and their families from local hospitals.

The costume contest boasted young participants dressed as the Weasley brothers, Tonks, Muggles, Dementors, creative versions of Harry Potter, and many more. Winners took home prizes ranging from an iPod to Harry Potter Legos to official HP7 posters to free smoothies at Jamba Juice.

The winner of the evening’s drawing was announced online after the event: #661895. The winner can claim the prize by calling 858-551-5885 or emailing [email protected]

The next Seany Movie Night is scheduled for November 17. For more photos from the event, check out Seany’s Flickr Photostream.

Seany Featured in Rancho Santa Fe Review

The Seany Foundation gets kudos in the Rancho Santa Fe Review. Check out our spread on page B11!