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Art from the Heart Helps Heal

On September 20, over 40 works of art created by young cancer patients and their siblings brightened the halls of the Acute Care Pavilion at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego as part of the 2011 Art from the Heart Exhibit, sponsored by The Seany Foundation.

Merit Award and Judges' Choice Recipients

Artists, ranging in ages from 1-20, wowed the crowd and judges with their creativity and talent. A public event that began in 2005, the Art from the Heart Exhibit gives patients being treated on the Hematology/Oncology unit at Rady Children’s Hospital and their siblings an opportunity to express themselves through art for both fun and recognition. As such, each participant walked away with a ribbon for their unique contribution. Ribbon categories included Judges’ Choice, Merit Award, or Honorable Mention. Many of the proud artists’ family and friends were also in attendance to show support for their loved ones.

Guests View the Artwork

The exhibition was followed by a celebratory reception that included refreshments and snacks and a saxophonist who helped set the mood for the evening’s festivities.

The Seany Foundation proudly salutes the talented young artists of Rady Children’s Hospital and thanks Dr. Deborah Schiff for organizing this wonderful event. The Seany Foundation would also like to thank its donors for making this and other programs that make a real difference in the lives of kids battling cancer possible.

To view more photos, visit The Seany Foundation’s Flickr Photostream.

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 Sponsors GLEE and Art Exhibit

Ask any kid in treatment about the benefits of art therapy. Our own Seany could tell you that starring as Daddy Warbucks in a local production of Annie certainly had a positive impact on his self-esteem.  This year, we are pleased to announce that there are two crucial art programs at Rady Children’s Hospital that will be brought to you by The Seany Foundation:

“Art from the Heart” Exhibit

This exhibit showcases the artistic talents of children currently battling cancer at Rady Children’s Hospital. The event allows participants to submit original artwork and have it displayed throughout the facility. Art from the Heart lets the kids express themselves through art and receive recognition for their creativity. It also raises awareness about the power of art in healthcare. The exhibit and reception are open to the artists and their family and friends, as well as the judges and Rady staff. Costs include art supplies; certificates and ribbons; posters, flyers, and programs; refreshments; and a summer art intern.  (Amount needed: $2,500)

Glee Club for Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Patients and their Siblings

The SOMBFAB (Some Of My Best Friends Are Bald) Glee Club gives the music-minded children with cancer or blood disorders at Rady and their siblings a chance to shine! The club is a place where the kids can grow as people and music lovers, giving them a much-needed boost in self-esteem. Under the guidance of San Diego Junior Theatre Musical Director Richard Morrison and a Dance Teaching Artist, the children will meet approximately 20 times throughout the year to sing and rehearse. They will then show off their talents with performances. Costs include compensation for teaching artists. (Amount needed: $3,600)

Your generous donations make these programs possible.  Help us reach our 2011 fundraising goals by donating today.

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!

Seany Teen Room Debuts!

On Sunday, October 10, patients at Rady Children’s Hospital officially moved into their new facilities at the Acute Care Pavilion.  Previously, members of Team Seany visited the new building to view the Seany Teen Room.  Here are a few photos from the Teen Room, still in progress.  Electronics, decorations, and the finishing touches are scheduled to take place this coming month.  The Seany Teen Room will be home to a variety of activities, including music and art therapy, movie nights, and game nights.

Seany Teen Room Set to Open This Fall

Come one, come all!  On Sunday, September 26 from 9am to 3pm, the new Acute Care Pavilion at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego will be open to the public.  Stop by for a visit to walk through the new facility and take a peek at the brand new, and first of its kind, Seany Teen Room!  Currently, our friends at Best Buy are finishing up plans to install the electronics so that the new teen lounge will be all set for use when the patients move in on October 10.  Yes, October 10 also marks the annual Seany Foundation Everything Is Possible Celebration gala.  So, mark your calendars; don’t miss the fun and excitement!  We’ll see you there.

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.

Geek Squad Visits Seany Room

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On Friday, April 2, Best Buy’s Geek Squad made an appearance at the new Patient Care Pavilion at Rady Children’s Hospital to meet with Seany Foundation CAO Amy Robins for a walk-thru of what will soon be the Seany Teen Room in the new oncology wing.

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Our new favorite geeks were scouting out the location to plan exactly what kind of goodies they’ll be donating for use in the activity center.  Conversations included thoughts on Mac vs. PC, iPod stations, and speaker and flat screen TV options.  With the Seany Teen Room scheduled to open on time this summer, both The Seany Foundation and our friends at Best Buy are very excited about all the possibilities.

More updates on the progress of the teen room coming soon…

HOG Annual Toy Drive and More Holiday Fun

Yes, despite the rain, over 100 big-hearted bikers from Biggs Harley Davidson North County and San Diego Chapters showed up on Saturday, Dec. 12 at Rady Children’s Hospital to deliver toys collected in their annual toy drive for the kids.  H1N1 precautions kept the kids from grabbing the toys in person this year, but our HOG friends made sure to leave tons of wonderful gifts for them to enjoy this holiday season!

After emptying their “sleds”, these holiday do-gooders went to Applebee’s to fill up their tummies at Dining to Donate, an event to benefit The Seany Foundation.  Our congratulations to our HOG friends for a job very well done!  You can check out some more snapshots of the Toy Drive at the Seany Flickr Photostream.