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Poker Night Antes Up $10K

On Saturday, March 30, over 100 guests placed their bets at Seany’s Showdown Poker Tournament and Casino Night at Co-Merge in downtown San Diego to help fight childhood cancer. The fun-filled night raised $10,000 for The Seany Foundation’s patient care programs. Casino players got lucky at craps, blackjack, and roulette. Congratulations to poker tournament winner Delana Ricasa, who took home the grand prize: a two-night stay at the Wynn Hotel Las Vegas and two tickets to see Cirque De Soliel’s Le Reve!

Everyone enjoyed the festive beats of DJ PJ, refreshing cocktails by Bartini’s and St. Petersburg Vodka, and yummy appetizers courtesy of Titled Kilt.  Lucky drawing winners took home exciting prizes, including a St. Mark’s Golf Package, a Donovan’s Steak & Chop House Gift Certificate, Pamplemousse Chocolate Caramels, and more!

Photos of the event were taken courtesy of Milton Motion & Design and can be viewed on Facebook.

Countdown to Seany’s Showdown

In less than two weeks, The Seany Foundation will host Seany’s Showdown Poker Tournament and Casino Night at Co-Merge in downtown San Diego. There are still a few days left to register! No experience necessary. Come try your hand at craps, roulette, blackjack, and poker.

Admission includes music by DJ PJ, drinks by Bartini, and light appetizers by Tilted Kilt. Invite some friends and make a night of it! Group rates available. Register today. 21 and over, please.

Live and Silent Auction Items Pack a Pleasant Surprise

Here is the most up-to-date list of the goodies you can get at Celebration ’09.  New items added daily.  Be sure to check back before the big event on Sunday, October 11!

If you haven’t bought your ticket yet for this year’s Celebration, email [email protected] or call 800-794-8282.

LIVE AUCTION

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 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.  Certified appraisal included.

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 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.

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.)


SILENT AUCTION- partial list

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.

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 we know you’ll be all smiles after that, this package also includes a Zoom teeth-whitening treatment to brighten up your day in just 45 minutes.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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!

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 and indulge in a couple’s massage at the Hard Rock Hotel.

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.

Electric guitar set and 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.

Two tickets for Hornblower Cruises and $50 to Lou and Mickey’s

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, satify your sailor’s appetite downtown at Lou and Mickey’s.

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”.

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.

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.

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.

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.

One-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.

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.

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.

San Diego Padres gift basket

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

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.

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.

2 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

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.

Alvarado Institute of Skin Care gift basket

Allow your natural beauty to shine through with skin care products from Epicuren. Achieve and maintain healthy skin and decrease the signs of aging. Your skin will thank you.

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.

Hand-blown Kathleen Mitchell vase

This beautiful vase was made to perfection by La Jolla native Kathleen Mitchell, a glass artist and and glass blowing instructor at UCSD craft center. Your flowers will glow in this one-of-a- kind art piece created especially with The Seany Foundation in mind.

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…

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 throw and let your cares melt away.

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.

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.

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.

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.


OPPORTUNITY DRAWING ITEMS- partial list

  • Gift certificates to PB Bar and Grill
  • The Comedy Palace- tickets for VIP, valid Thursday-Saturday and $10 off buffet (each person)
  • Gift certificate to Khan’s Cave Restaurant and Bar
  • Mack 10 signed CD Gold Collection
  • 4 single day admission passes and a table to the Private Turf club, valet parking for 2 for the 2010 season (Weds-Thurs only)
  • 3 meal coupons for In-n-out, plus two t-shirts and an antennae souvenir
  • Handcrafted surf board bag
  • Title Nine gift certificates
  • 4 tickets to USS Maritime museum
  • The New Children’s Museum-Child of the Day Package
  • Escondido Children’s Museum- One year Family membership, 5 guest passes, 10% discount in Museum store and birthday parties
  • 2 bellydance/hoopdance classes by Valentina Martin
  • Tea for 2 package from Mrs. Burton’s Tea House
  • Collins Family Jewelers gift certificate
  • CostCo gift card
  • Back to Basics Blender
  • Perfect Time Coffeemaker
  • DVD set-“Healthy Aging” by Andrew Weil, M.D.
  • Cohn Restaurant Group gift certificate
  • Tommy Bahama gift basket
  • Se Spa gift certificate
  • 4 tickets to a La Jolla Playhouse performance
  • “Blowpop” and “tootsie roll” metal lunch boxes
  • Milton’s Restaurant gift certificates
  • Adelaide’s Florist & decorators, fresh product in store, attached to a fresh lily bud vase
  • 2 Six Flags Magic Mountain Admission Passes valid thru January 3, 2010
  • Double Kayak Tour from La Jolla Kayak
  • Walking Fit Kit
  • Customized Golf Training Kit

Sarcoma Awareness Week Wrap-Up

According to our friends at Team Sarcoma, with a dozen teams left to report the results of their events, the preliminary count of the number of participants in the Team Sarcoma Initiative’s International Sarcoma Awareness Week is over 14,000 people! There were over 85 events in 14 countries and 28 states in the United States. One of these events was The Seany Lew Charity Poker Tournament, which was met with great success at the Hotel Solamar here in downtown San Diego. The following press release describes some of what took place at the reception for another awareness event that was held in Washington, DC:

Ambassadors from Lithuania, Mexico, and New Zealand gathered with physicians and government representatives on July 24 in Washington, DC, to honor people dealing with sarcoma, a rare and dangerous cancer. The reception was a part of the global Team Sarcoma Initiative (TSI), a growing movement that involved more than 14,000 people in 14 countries last week.”

For the complete press release, see

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2009/07/prweb2699284.htm

Seany Lew Charity Poker Tournament Turnout on Flickr

Team Seany at our International Sarcoma Awareness Event

Team Seany at our International Sarcoma Awareness Event

Well, The Seany Foundation was pleasantly surprised to see over 100 new bright and happy faces walk through the doors of the Solstice Ballroom at Hotel Solamar on Saturday night for the First Annual Seany Lew Charity Poker Tournament, which raised over $6000.

The pros take their seats for the poker tournament.

The pros take their seats for the poker tournament.

Thanks to our volunteer photographer, Terrani Nevarez, we have plenty of photos to boast of the evening’s exciting festivities.  Check out the Seany Foundation’s Seany Lew Charity Poker Tournament Poker photos on Flickr.  You might be in there!

Our generous first-place winner makes his moves at the final table.

Our generous first-place winner makes his moves at the final table.

After a win-or-bust two first rounds and a nail-biting semi, the final table competitors kept everyone on the edge of their seats.  The final five poker players received a complimentary Seany Foundation t-shirt and one of five fabulous prizes, including luxury hotels stays and gourmet restaurant gift certificates.  Our first place winner even donated $250 back to The Foundation- talk about good sportsmanship!

A very happy raffle winner

A very happy raffle winner

The real party animals stayed for the raffle at the end of the night.  We gave away bottle service for up to 10 at Stingaree, tickets for the Padres, tickets for the Turf Club at the Del Mar Racetrack, travel packages, and a digital camera to name a few.

Yes, it seemed that everyone truly enjoyed the evening.  The casino games definitely entertained, too.  We’re looking forward to doing it again.  Thanks to all who came!  We hope to see you again soon for some more fun and games.

Seany Lew Charity Poker Tournament Tonight

Check out our official listing with Team Sarcoma: http://www.team-sarcoma.net/2009-events/2278

So far, we have well over 50 players ready to try their luck at our tables, and we expect more guests to surprise us tonight.  Good luck to all!  We’ll see you in the Solstice Ballroom.

(Oh, and we’ve added a raffle that includes prizes such as a digital camera, an ipod nano, Padres tickets, Turf Club tickets, and 2 free passes to our October 11 gala event.)

International Sarcoma Awareness Week July 18-26

The Seany Lew Charity Poker Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, July 18 from 6:30pm-11pm.  We’re encouraging people to register online to ensure that we can acommodate everyone who wants to play; seating is limited.  There will be complimentary food, and drinks will be available for purchase.  Our Director of Special Events Mari M. Pullen is handling this summertime happening with some special help from our new Community Relations team member Ben C. Weinrib.

Be sure to check out The Seany Lew Charity Poker Tournament page for registration information.

Did we mention you could win a trip to the Wynn in Las Vegas and tickets to La Reve?  Oh, and the team has wrangled up some pretty stellar gift certificates from a variety of restaurants and other businesses downtown, too.  If you’re not much of a poker player but want to come play some games, well, we have something for you, too- craps, roulette, blackjack… At the end of the night, you can trade in your casino winnings for a chance to win a raffle prize.  This will certainly a chic event; if you decide to go out in Gaslamp afterwards, we’ve got some special offers for you, too.

Just another neat fact: The Poker Tournament is an official event of International Sarcoma Awareness Week.