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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.

Live Auction Items Announced!

The Seany Foundation is thrilled to announce the live auction items that will be available for bidding at this year’s Celebration! Check out the amazing packages below:

Sycuan Golf Stay ‘n Play Package

Take three of your friends to Sycuan Casino for a day of golf, bingo, and lunch or dinner! After your fun-filled day, you and your group will settle in for a relaxing one-night stay at the Sycuan Resort. To prepare you for your golf outing, you will receive a Brooks Brothers gift basket, filled with a handsome golf shirt and more, and an amazing golf and travel bag from The World to carry your clubs and attire in style.

Intimate Dining Experience

Consistently ranked one of the best restaurants among San Diegan fine diners, Pamplemouss Grille is where Owner and Executive Chef Jeffrey Strauss showcases his edible artistry. If you or a loved one has yet to experience Jeffrey’s unique approach to cuisine, now is your chance to purchase an intimate dining experience in a private room for four.

Luxurious Napa Retreat*

Spend two romantic nights and three relaxing days at the unparalleled Meritage Resort & Spa in California’s famed Napa Valley. This Tuscan-inspired oasis sits atop a private vineyard, affording you endless sips of fine wine and views of rolling hills. Also included in this magnificent package is airfare for you and your guest, as well as 2 for 1 wine tastings at 23 different wineries and courtesy shuttles to take you wherever you’d like to go in Napa.

*Must travel by March 31, 2012. Subject to availability.

Discover Vancouver*

The New York Times calls Vancouver “Manhattan with mountains” because of its world-class art, architecture, entertainment, and cuisine, as well as the 1,001 acres of pristine nature known as Stanley Park that shoulders up to the lively city. Should you choose to discover Vancouver, you and a guest will be flown nonstop to the gorgeous city, where you will stay for 3 nights/4 days at the luxurious Marriott Pinnacle Hotel in downtown Vancouver.

*Must travel by March 31, 2012. Subject to availability.

Maui or Bust*

Need a break from the daily grind? Grab a guest and board a nonstop flight to the beautiful island of Maui, where you’ll stay for 4 nights/5 days at the relaxing Fairmont Kea Lani Resort. With the sun on your skin and the sand in your toes, you’ll experience the healing power of paradise.

*Must travel by March 31, 2012. Subject to availability.

Ultimate Chargers Fan Package

If you love the San Diego Chargers, you must experience the Ultimate Chargers Fan Package. This unique package includes 2 autographed jerseys from Wide Receiver Vincent Jackson (#83), 2 tickets to a Chargers game, and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have lunch or dinner with Safety Steve Gregory (#28).

Don’t miss your chance to take home one of these exclusive packages! RSVP for Celebration 2011 today!

Thanks to Our 2011 Sponsors

We are less than a month away from our biggest party of the year! Visit www.theseanyfoundation.org/celebration for details.

The Seany Foundation would like to give a big thanks to our Celebration 2011 Gold Sponsors for making this year’s event possible:

Click on their logos to find out more about these companies that are helping in the fight against childhood cancer.

Celebration Menu Tickles Tastebuds

That’s right.  The menu has been announced for the 10-10-10 Celebration!  As if you needed any more reasons to come to this year’s party?!…..

Countdown to Celebration 2010

Midwest Embraces Seany Celebration and Raises Over $30K

On Sunday, June 13, there was a lot to celebrate at the Skyline Club in Southfield, MI.  Over 100 guests, new and old Seany friends, attended the Everything Is Possible Michigan Celebration.

Guests enjoyed a delicious strolling dinner and the jazzy tunes of the Jesse Palter Band.  Many happy auction bidders and opportunity drawing winners went home with prizes ranging from exclusive travel packages to home entertainment systems.

Thanks to our generous donors, the Michigan Celebration gala successfully raised over $30,000.  Proceeds will be put toward vital pediatric cancer research projects currently underway at UCSD Moores Cancer Center and Rady Children’s Hospital.

To view photos from the evening’s festivities, visit Seany’s Flickr Photostream.

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!

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.