Celebration 2010 Kicks Off to Combat Cancer!

You’re invited!  Bring some friends and join us for a night of fun at the San Diego Hall of Champions on 10-10-10.  On Sunday, October 10, The Seany Foundation will host its 3rd Annual Everything Is Possible Celebration!  Seany Board Member Jeffrey Strauss from Pamplemousse Grille will be catering the night of festivities, which will raise awareness and funds to combat pediatric cancer.  Don’t miss the excitement.  Full auction list coming soon… RSVP online today!

A Step Forward in Research Funding

Dr. Gabriel G. Haddad, Physician-in-Chief, Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, and Chair, Department of Pediatrics, UC San Diego, has been awarded a $10 million program project grant from the NIH.   As part of the community making strides in the fight against childhood cancer, we would like to congratulate our friend, Dr. Haddad, on this newly acquired resource!  Together, we can make the difference.

Read the full article.

Michigan Celebration Silent Auction Wows the Crowd

Our June 13 Michigan Celebration is right around the corner!  Don’t miss out on these fantastic silent auction items.  Go ahead; take a look to see which incredible items you’ll be wanting to bid on:

One Year Free Flowers

Generously donated by ProFlowers

Roses are red, violets are blue, if you love fresh flowers, this prize is just right for you! Enjoy this blossoming prize of free flowers, delivered to your doorstep every month, for one whole year!

Valued at: $500

Starting Bid: $400

Nintendo Game Package

Generously donated by Best Buy and Amie Kuznicki

This entertaining package includes not only a Nintendo Wii and Wii Fit but also a couple of fabulous Nintendo games. Get lost in the excitement that is Wii as you engage in both fun and fitness, along with other wonderful, interactive games. You will not want to stop playing, as this prize is surely an exhilarating one.

Valued at: $300

Starting Bid: $200

Football autographed by Drew Brees

Generously donated by Jeffrey Strauss

If you are a fan of football, and more specifically of the New Orleans Saints, you will want to tackle the chance to win this touchdown of a prize! Signed by 2010 Super Bowl MVP, and starting quarterback for the Saints, this amazing piece of sports memorabilia is one to be snatched quickly.

Valued at: $500

Starting Bid: $300

Framed Jean-Francois Larrieu Canvas

Canvas graciously donated by Opera Gallery in Paris, France, 

and Frame given by Art Accents in Royal Oak

This beautiful work of art was created by European artist, Jean-Francois Larrieu. Larrieu’s intricate oil paintings envelop an extreme creativity conveying his true talents as an artist.  Explore new worlds in this visually stunning masterpiece.

Valued at: $1,250

Starting Bid: $400

Disney Home Entertainment Package

Magically donated by Disney and Best Buy

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah Zip-a-dee-ay; this prize is amazing in every single way! Enjoy this family-oriented treasure, which not only includes four large Disney stuffed animals but also a variety of children’s DVDs and a Samsung DVD player! This prize is perfect for a lazy Sunday or a night at home with the family. Get caught up in the magic that is Disney, and take home this package of prizes tonight!

Valued at: $450

Starting Bid: $200

Henrik Zetterberg autographed Jersey

Generously donated by the Detroit Red Wings

If you are a fan of the Detroit Red Wings, and more specifically, of Henrik Zetterberg, then this prized possession is right for you! Whether you choose to wear the jersey, or frame it on your wall, this coveted memorabilia will leave you feeling like a true hockey all-star!

Valued at: $682

Starting Bid: $300

Red Wings Exclusive Experience

Generously donated by the Detroit Red Wings

Enjoy an epic night of hockey as you and three of your friends attend a Detroit Red Wings game during the 2010-11 regular season. Be the coolest fan there as you wave to your friends during your very own Zamboni ride!  No matter the score- it’s sure to be a night to remember. 

Valued at: Priceless

Starting Bid: $300

One-Night Getaway Package

Graciously donated by Troy Marriott, Kona Grill, and Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle

Is the stress of everyday life getting to you? What better way to clear your mind than to experience a one-night getaway with a friend or significant other? Enjoy dinner for two at Kona Grill in Troy, and have a few laughs at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle in Royal Oak. Stay the night at the Troy Marriott, and take pleasure in a complimentary breakfast for two.  This one-night getaway will leave you feeling refreshed and blissful.

Value at: $230

Starting Bid: $150

Wine Tasting Party & Luxurious Bottle of Wine

Kindly donated by Classic Wine Cellars and

Invite your friends to experience a wonderful evening of wine tasting hosted by Winebuys! & Classic Wine Cellars are donating one premium bottle of wine along with the choice of the following: An 8-10 person wine tasting with cheeses and light fare at Winebuys’ Ferndale location OR a two-hour wine cellar consultation provided by Classic Wine Cellars.

Valued at: $500

Starting Bid: $200

Private Photo Session & Teeth Whitening

Graciously donated by Russell Photography and Dr. Jeffrey Faycurry

Guaranteed to make you smile, this package features a complimentary session of Dr. Jeffrey Faycurry’s in-office laser teeth whitening in Auburn Hills, MI.  Then, you can debut your new sparkly whites at a complimentary photo shoot by Russell Photography at their Lake Orion Studio or, for you UofM football fans, on the field at the Big House.  You’ll even receive a free 8″x10″ print enlargement to show off to all your friends.

Valued at: $600

Starting Bid: $150

Somerset Mall Package

Charitably donated by Somerset Inn, Somerset Mall, Ocean Prime Restaurant, and J Alexander’s

Treat yourself to a wonderful weekend getaway with a day of shopping and fine dining in Troy, Michigan.  This package includes a generous basket of goodies and a $150 gift card to the elite Somerset Mall.  Enjoy lunch at Ocean Prime Restaurant and wrap up the day’s excitement with a delicious dinner at J Alexander’s, where you can choose from excellent prime rib, fresh seafood, hand-crafted cocktails, and world-class wines.  Worried you’ll shop till you drop?  That’s okay; put your feet up as our guests at the nearby Somerset Inn, and wake up refreshed to a complimentary breakfast. 

Valued at: $925

Starting Bid: $350

Romantic Getaway

Graciously donated by Townsend Hotel, Tallulah, Cameron’s Steakhouse, and Margot’s Euro Day Spa

This romantic retreat will leave you feeling starry-eyed for the one you love. Delight in a lavish lunch at Tallulah restaurant, the newest addition to Birmingham, Michigan.  Next, enjoy a tranquil couple’s massage at Margot’s European Day Spa.  Top off the evening with a delightful dinner for two at Cameron’s Steakhouse, and spend some quality time together with a one-night stay in a luxury room at the Townsend Hotel.  Valet the car, retire for the night with Townsend Tuxedo strawberries and chilled champagne, and wake up in the morning to a continental breakfast for two.

Valued at: $800

Starting Bid: $400

Designer Jewelry

Generously donated by Tapper’s Jewelry

From diamonds to gems to silver, you’ll dazzle the crowd with this stunning piece of fine jewelry. This eye-catching prize features a “Circle of Life” diamond pendant necklace from Tapper’s Jewelry. Allow your neckline to shimmer and shine as you dazzle friends and family with this lovely diamond pendant.

Valued at: $350

Starting Bid: $150

Theatre Lover’s Package

Generously donated by Westin Southfield, Skyline Club, and Gem Theatre

Take the stage with this outstanding prize package!  Begin the night with dinner for two at the elite Skyline Club.  Then, head to the Historic Gem Theatre for a show of your choice. Savor the evening with a one-night stay at the Westin Southfield, and take pleasure in breakfast the following morning at Tango’s Restaurant.

Valued at: $245

Starting Bid: $150

Zoo Extravaganza

Generously donated by Detroit Zoo, Red Coat Tavern, and Mitch Robins

Let loose, and get wild at the Detroit Zoo.  Roam around the animal exhibits with your pack of three cubs and capture the great memories with your brand new video camera.  After you work up an appetite, stop by Red Coat Tavern for their world-famous burgers.

Valued at: $500

Starting Bid: $ 250

Starry Night on the Town for Two

Generously donated by Café Via in Birmingham, Book Cadillac Westin, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and Entertainment Express

Dust off that gown and tux for an elegant evening of gourmet food at Café Via, followed by a wonderful performance brought to you by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.  You will be riding in style, in a limousine, of course.  After indulging in great sights and sounds of the city, relax your spirit with a night stay at the renowned Western Book Cadillac in Detroit.

Valued at: $ 330

Starting Bid: $250

Guys’ Night Out

Generously donated by Alfonsi Railroad

Get your game face on, and get out your Tiger gear!  You and three buddies are going to be hooting and hollering for your home team.  After sliding to home base with your pals, finish the day with dinner at the Greektown Casino.  If you’re feeling lucky, stay for some extra play at the tables or slots.

Valued at: $ 300

Starting Bid: $200

Date Night at its Finest

Generously donated by Detroit Princess Riverboat, Coach Insignia, and RenCen Marriott

Take your date and glide along the one and only Detroit Princess Riverboat Cruise Ship.  Take in the sights and sounds of nature on this elegant ride. Then, cruise over for some fine dining at Coach Insignia for a five-star meal and breath-taking views from atop the Renaissance Center.  End the evening with a one-night stay at the luxurious RenCen Marriott.

Valued at: $ 400

Starting Bid: $200

Three Celani Napa Valley Wines

Generously donated by Celani Wines in Napa Valley

Escape your day with some of Napa’s finest selection of Celani wines.  With a couple of light swooshes of your glass, you will enjoy the rich aroma of exquisite grapes picked at their prime and aged to perfection.

Valued at: $ 300

Starting Bid: $125

An Evening of Opera

Generously donated by the Detroit Opera House and Mitch Robins

Enjoy a lovely dinner for two at the Detroit Athletic Club, followed by a wonderful performance at the renowned Detroit Opera House.  After the show, enjoy a complimentary night at the DAC hotel for you and a guest.

Valued at: $ 400

Starting Bid: $300

Not one, not two, but three Champagnes

Generously donated by Grapes & Hops and Forte Belanger

It’s always a great time to celebrate, and what better way to do it than with champagne?  Enjoy the smooth taste of these delectable champagnes from France.

Valued at: $ 600.00

Starting Bid: $300.00

Sex and the City 2 Benefits Pediatric Cancer Research

On Wednesday, May 26, over 200 fabulously-dressed ladies (and a few lucky gents) attended The Seany Foundation’s Ladies Night Out at the Movies at Ultra Star Del Mar Highlands.  Guests warmed up at the pre-show soiree with a complimentary glass of wine and a wonderful spread generously donated by Rype Catering.  The pre-show raffles sent home lucky winners with VIP tickets to our next movie night, $100 in La Jolla restaurant certificates, and an exclusive Jet-Rhys salon package.  Glamour Awards were also distributed to the most stylish ladies of the evening.  Thanks to our generous guests in attendance, Ladies’ Night Out raised over $8000 for The Seany Foundation’s pediatric cancer research funds and local patients care projects.

GOOD SPORTS: A special thanks to our Chairman of the Board, Bill “Charlotte” Siegel, and survivor Chris Ramirez, our very own “Mr. Big”.  Check out more photos of our lovely guests at Seany’s Flickr Photostream.

Kudos to Individual Fundraisers

Check out some great ideas Seany’s friends have come up with to help raise funds to combat pediatric cancer:

Becky Baird and Kids on Stage Productions Theatrical Workshop

On May 23, Steven Glickman, star of Nickelodeon’s hit show Big Time Rush, taught a performance workshop to over 30 kids ages 8-18.  The special class raised over $400 for The Seany Foundation.  Thank you, Becky and friends!

Kristie Schaufele and the San Diego Rock’n’Roll Marathon

A special thanks to Kristie, a mom of 3, wife, and Director of Operations for Tutorial Services, who generously sought out sponsors for her upcoming race.  Kristie is raising money online through  Be sure to cheer her on during the world-renowned marathon on June 6.  You, too, can set up your own Fundraising page to benefit The Seany Foundation.  Just email [email protected] to ask us how!

Have another great idea to help raise funds for our cause?  We’d love to hear it!  Email us at [email protected] or call (800)794-8282.

Our Teens: “Dying in Their Prime”

More reasons to support The Seany Foundation:

This article is from Science Magazine and charts the lower survival rates of teens diagnosed with cancer.  It also talks about Ewing’s sarcoma, the rare cancer that Sean was battling.

If you’d like a pdf version of the article, just click on the image to download the pdf.

Summer Heats Up in the Midwest

Be sure to check your mailbox for your official invitation to our June 13 event in Southfield, MI.  The Seany Foundation’s Michigan Celebration goes back to Sean’s hometown to pay tribute to our loyal supporters and to raise monies to help combat pediatric cancer.  For more information, email Amie at [email protected]


Buy Tickets Online for Ladies’ Night at the Movies

That’s right.  You can now buy tickets for you and your gal pals online!  Buy them online and pick them up at will call.  It’s that easy:

Ladies’ Night Out at the Movies


Join Seany’s Cause on Facebook

Want to be more active in the fight against pediatric cancer?  Be our friend on Facebook!

Help us raise awareness by joining our Cause on Facebook.  Then, tell your friends and ask them to join in the battle to end childhood cancer.

We promise not to constantly spam you with messages, and our bulletins will be short and sweet.  Visit our Seany’s Cause page on Facebook to get links to the latest and the greatest event information, photos, and project updates.  And find out who else is helping to make the difference in the lives of kids with cancer!