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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’s 30 Ways in 30 Days

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and The Seany Foundation needs you to help spread the word!

“During National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we honor the young lives taken too soon and the survivors who face chronic health challenges, we celebrate the progress made in treatment and recovery, and we rededicate ourselves to fighting this disease so all children may have the chance to live a full and healthy life.” -President Barack Obama

All month long, we’ll be sharing ways that you can help make a difference in the lives of kids with cancer. Check back every day for updates!

Day 1: Check out our September National Childhood Cancer Awareness video:

Day 2: Read Seany’s Story at http://www.theseanyfoundation.org/story.aspx

Days 3 and 4: “Like” The Seany Foundation on Facebook.

Day 5: Start using GoodSearch.com, which gives the charity of your choice money every time you do an Internet search. Remember to choose The Seany Foundation in La Jolla, CA.

Day 6: Donate your Facebook status. Post “September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Cancer is the leading cause of death in children. Help make a difference today. www.facebook.com/TheSeanyFoundation”

Day 7: Ask your best Facebook friends to “Like” The Seany Foundation.

Day 8: Write a review about The Seany Foundation and/or its fun events at http://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/profile2/the-seany-foundation

Day 9: Read Sean’s (“Seanylewbear”) words on Carepages: http://www.carepages.com/ServeCarePage?cpn=Seanylewbear

Day 10: Shop tons of your favorite merchants online at GoodShop.com and pick The Seany Foundation as your charity of choice.

Day 11: Follow @SeanyFoundation on Twitter.

Day 12: Watch this video about Sarcomas: http://youtu.be/A0-sb5LCmOg

Day 13: Today is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Day. Wear something yellow to show your support.

Day 14: Check out photos from Hairless Potter Night 2011: http://www.flickr.com/photos/theseanyfoundation/sets/72157627080719985/

Day 15: Send flowers or a gift to someone you love using ProFlowers: http://www.proflowers.com/landing2.aspx?pageid=optin&ref=fgvaffilNonProfitseany

Day 16: Advertise your business or the business of someone you know by donating an item or service for one of our upcoming events. For more info, visit http://www.theseanyfoundation.org/celebration

Day 17: Celebrate with The Seany Foundation! Join us for our annual party: www.theseanyfoundation.org/celebration

Day 18: Set up a tribute in honor of or to someone you love: http://www.theseanyfoundation.org/tribute_form.aspx

Day 19: Check out photos from all our fun events: http://theseanyfoundation.org/gallery.aspx

Day 20: See how your donation impacts the lives of kids and teens battling cancer. Join us for the 2011 Art from the Heart Exhibit at Rady Children’s Hospital today from 6:30pm-8pm in the Acute Care Pavilion!

Day 21: Word of mouth is a great gift. Tell someone you know about us today!

Day 22: Join Team Seany! Email [email protected] to join our volunteer list.

Day 23: Donate your car, boat, RV, or motorcycle: http://www.cars4causes.net/charity-car-donation/the-seany-foundation?_vsrefdom=charity_pages

Day 24: Read “In Cancer Fight, Teenagers Don’t Fit In” and share it with others: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/16/health/16canc.html?adxnnl=1&ref=health&adxnnlx=1313779779-TXrtijdlEstwQc/Qddb9tw

Day 25: Subscribe to The Seany Foundation’s YouTube Channel. Pick your favorite video to send to family and friends: www.youtube.com/seanyfoundation

Day 26: Visit The Seany Foundation Blog at http://blog.theseanyfoundation.org

Day 27: Bike, run, or walk? Create your own page to fundraise for The Seany Foundation at http://www.firstgiving.com/24587

Day 28: Sign up to receive our newsletter! Text SEANY to 22828 or sign up online.

Day 29: Watch this video to see how Urbalist used hip-hop to beat cancer: http://youtu.be/JvAXPf73Yi0

Day 30: Stay in touch! Connect with us online (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Flickr) to find out about our events and ways you can make a difference year-round.

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.

Seany Featured in Rancho Santa Fe Review

The Seany Foundation gets kudos in the Rancho Santa Fe Review. Check out our spread on page B11!

Thanks to Temple Solel Early Childhood Center

A very special thanks goes out Noah Baird and The Kadima Bet class of 2011 from Temple Solel Early Childhood Center. They spent some time thinking about what they wanted to do with the Tzedakah they earned this year.

After several suggestions, they agreed that giving their class Tzedakah to The Seany Foundation would make everyone happy and proud. In addition, Kadima Alef and Kadima Bet joined Noah and his Mom, Becky, to host a lemonade stand to raise funds for pediatric cancer research. Thank you to Becky Cherlin Baird, Sharon Segal, and the teachers and kids of Temple Solel’s ECC Kadima, Class of 2011, for making a difference! You’re off to a bright start!

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:





Chargers Tackle Pediatric Cancer

You heard right! Word on the street is that San Diego Chargers’ strong safety Steve Gregory and wide receiver Vincent Jackson will be showing off their swings at the 1st Annual Swinging for Seany Charity Golf Tournament. The Seany Foundation is happy to confirm that these local celebrities will be on the green at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club on Monday, May 23. Want to catch a glimpse of your favorite players teeing off against childhood cancer? Register online today to join us for the fun.

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.

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

Play with the Pros!

Word is getting out about what’s sure to be one of the most talked about tournaments in town.  Come out for Swinging for Seany this May at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club, and check out Pro Golfer Maiya Tanaka‘s swing!  Yes, the lovely and talented pro golfer will be gracing the greens to help us fight childhood cancer.  Maybe she’ll even give you some pointers if you ask nicely… Visit Seany’s Golf page for more information and online registration.  Check back soon for more of Seany’s special guests.