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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.

Seany Gets Social

That’s right.  We’re starting off the year right by spreading the word about all the great work we’ve got planned!  How can you help?  It’s as easy as one click!  Just “Like” us on Facebook.  Or follow us on Twitter.  Check out our latest videos on YouTube, and check out photos of all the fun at Seany’s Flickr Photostream.  You can even help spread the word by sharing this blog entry.  That’s right.  Just click on any one of the icons below!

Chase Delivers Check

On Friday, October 8, the Vice-President of the Rancho Bernardo Chase bank stopped by Seany Headquarters to personally deliver the $20,000 check promised in the Chase Community Giving contest.  Cheers to the Chase Community Giving program for keeping good on their word to help in the fight against childhood cancer!

Dr. Ken Kern Hosts Fundraiser at Comedy Store

Let the good times roll at the Comedy Store La Jolla!  Doors open at 7pm.  Tickets are just $10, so come for the fun!  Stand-up comedians work their magic starting at 7:15pm, and Dr. Ken Kern will be hypnotizing some audience volunteers to top off the night’s hilarity.  What better have you got to do on a Tuesday night?  Proceeds benefit The Seany Foundation.

Seany Offers Amazing Prizes

If you still haven’t registered online for the 2nd Annual Seany Lew Charity Poker Tournament and Casino Night, we have some great prizes we’re offering that will be sure to entice you…

Poker Tournament Prizes:

* 1st place: $500 cash* 2nd place: Bluefire Grill Dinner for 2

* 3rd place: Blanca Restaurant $100 gift certificate

* 4th place: Bice Restaurant $100 gift certificate

* 5th place: Hash House A GoGo $100 gift certificate

Raffle prizes include:

* Toshiba 19 ” LCD HDTV with DVD player

* Cuisinart 12-pc. Cookware set

* La Jolla Dine Out package: Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza $50 and Roppongi $50 gift certificates

* Bohemian Package: Maddy Moon Designs $100 gift certificate and Crimson candle valued at $46

* Wine Lovers Excursion: Wine Country Trails horseback riding for 2 and Callaway Vineyards Tour/Tasting for 4

* Dance Party package: DJ Oso private party service and (2) 4-class cards to Culture Shock Dance Center

*Ipod nano: 16GB and red; one the most fun toys you’ll ever own

Sounds pretty good, huh?  Sign up today at Seany’s Poker/Casino Page.

*number of and specific raffle prizes subject to guest turnout.

Seany’s Shop for a Cure Boosts Holiday Cheer

Tommy Bahama La Jolla

Tommy Bahama La Jolla

Check out some nice photos from Seany’s Shop for a Cure on Seany’s Flickr account.  Photography compliments of Amy Mauth.

Seany’s Shop for a Cure Tomorrow!

Come join us for some complimentary appetizers and live music from noon-2pm at Tommy Bahama in La Jolla.  Tommy Bahama La Jolla will donate 10% of all sales to The Seany Foundation to help combat pediatric cancer.  Hope to see you there!

Seany’s Shop for a Cure

After you have fun with us at Seany Movie Night, be sure to swing by Tommy Bahama La Jolla on Saturday, November 21 to help us shop for a cure!

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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 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