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SOMBFAB Awards Guardian Angels

Yesterday, Amy Robins, Co-founder of The Seany Foundation, was pleasantly surprised to be presented with the “Guardian Angels Award” from the young cancer patient and siblings’ support group Some of My Best Friends Are Bald.

Amy Robins with Nurse Amy Crisman-Schneider

This past year, The Seany Foundation invited SOMBFAB members to walk the red carpet at Seany Movie Nights, free-of-charge. Several of its members also enjoy using The Seany Room in the oncology wing of Rady Children’s Hospital, a space dedicated to teens and young adults.

The Seany Foundation is honored to receive the Guardian Angels Award and would also like to wish SOMBFAB a very happy 21st anniversary! Kudos to fellow 2011 Guardian Angel Award recipients Aldo Sabino, Carmen Delgadillo from Friends of Scott, and Gary Schneider.

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.

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.

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 Golf Raises Over $55K

On Monday, May 23, The Seany Foundation hosted the 1st Annual Swinging for Seany Golf Tournament. The partly cloudy weather did not deter our supporters from teeing off against childhood cancer in a big way! The event raised over $55,000, which will be put toward ongoing programs and research to improve the quality of life for kids and teens battling cancer.

Professional Golfer Maiya Tanaka swang her best in our Par 3 Challenge against 23 teams. “Winners” received raffle tickets, and “losers” got to use her shot in their game. Pro Skateboarder Willy Santos practiced his form out on the green alongside SD Chargers Steve Gregory and Vincent Jackson. Congrats to Vincent Jackson for placing 2nd in the Longest Drive contest. Special thanks go to Steve Gregory for auctioning off a personalized autographed football at dinner. Boxer Richard Power and NFL Player Rick Mirer also attended to show their support.

(Left to right: Steve Gregory, Lito Ricasa, Vincent Jackson, Willy Santos)

Winning bidders in the live auction took home Hawaiian Getaway vacation packages, a private dinner for 8 at Pamplemousse Grille, and a Peter Max print of Michael Jordan, autographed by Jordan. Contest winners took home golf gift certificates, a vacation package to Las Vegas, and more.

Congrats to the winner of our golf contests:

Closest to the Pin:     Lakes #3, Doug Eisold, 10’5″

Longest Drive: 1st-Zack Hannan, 2nd-Vincent Jackson, 3rd-Steve Young

1st-Christine Freedman, 2nd-Nebby Frank, 3rd-Sharon Stein

Lowest Team Score: 1st-Alan Fishman, Tod Kilgore, Eric Lambiase, Joe Matranga (58)

2nd-Mike Conger, Jeff Diltz, Todd Hansen, Rick Mirer (60)

The Seany Foundation would like to thank Kelly Sargent and KUSI for joining us in the early morning to help get the word out about the event. And of course, thank you to Ira Cammeyer, Lori Iaquinta, and Fairbanks Ranch Country Club for making this event possible!

We would also like to thank Rochelle Porter, Leslie Carter, and Robert Ricasa for catching all the excitement on camera!

And of course, a huge thanks to our Supporters:





Seany Week at Smashburger Del Mar

Craving a juicy burger? Want to help fight childhood cancer? Well, satisfy both cravings at Smashburger anytime during the week of Monday, May 16! From May 16- May 23, Smashburger will donate $1 of each San Diego burger sold to The Seany Foundation!  Just stop by the Del Mar Smashburger and order a SAN DIEGO BURGER for you and all your friends.

Del Mar Smashburger

Camino Del Mar & 15th
1555 Camino Del Mar
Del Mar, California 92014
(858) 461-4105
10 AM – 10 PM Daily

Hairless Potter Night Raises $14K

Hairless Potter Night cast its spell last night and raised over $14,000.  The 7pm and 7:30pm special early screenings of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One welcomed over 300 guests to the UltraStar Del Mar Highlands.  Thanks to the generosity of its donors, The Seany Foundation distributed 140 complimentary tickets to young cancer patients and their families from Rady Children’s Hospital, Kaiser Hospital, and Ronald McDonald House.

Fans began lining up at 5:30pm and feasted on popcorn, soda, candy, and sliders as they eagerly awaited the screening.  Favorite dressed up characters included Professor McGonagall, numerous Harry Potters, representatives from Ravenclaw and Slytherin, Malfoy, Tonks, and a whole magical family.  Costume contest winners went home happy with a Dream Dinner, Harry Potter Clue, 20 Questions Quidditch-style, and a brand-new Kindle.  Opportunity drawing winners took home two VIP tickets to the next Seany Movie Night.

Special thanks to Jess Ochoa and his team at UltraStar for helping us host this exciting event!  And once again, thank you to our kind-hearted donors for coming out to support our cause.  Photos will be posted soon!

Celebration 2010 Raises Over $80K

Guests enter the main hall for dinner

On Sunday, October 10, over 150 guests attended the 3rd Annual Everything Is Possible Celebration held at the San Diego Hall of Champions in Balboa Park.  The jovial evening began with a cocktail reception and silent auction upstairs, where most of the action centered around a coveted Opera Gallery print.  Following the welcome reception, guests entered the main hall and enjoyed music by Ruby Summer, gourmet comfort food by Jeffrey Strauss and Pamplemousse Grille, and the warm, fuzzy feeling you get from knowing that all monies donated go directly to help kids who are battling cancer.

The evening was a celebration of Sean’s life and of his legacy.  The Seany Foundation awarded Mr. Bill Siegel with the Seany Community Service Award for his outstanding dedication to the cause.  Dr. William Roberts also attended and spoke about The Seany Foundation’s current research projects.  Celebration 2010 successfully raised over $80,000 thanks to the generosity of its sponsors, its guests, and those unable to attend, who sent in donations.

Bill Siegel accepts his award

Seany Releases New Ewing’s Sarcoma PSA

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and The Seany Foundation is striving to bring some very much needed attention to some little known diseases.  As research money comes trickling down the cancer heirarchy, these rarer pediatric cancers are often overlooked.  This gives us all the more reason to make some noise about them.  Find out a little bit more about Ewing’s sarcoma, the type of bone cancer that Sean battled for nearly 7 years:

President Obama Makes September Official

On September 10, President Obama proclaimed September “National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month”.  It’s doesn’t get more official than that.  So, make your proclamation in the fight against pediatric cancer.  Spread the word today!

Here’s an important video on Sarcomas: