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Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation celebrates 30 years of advancement

Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation Celebrates 30 Years of Advancement

by Kara VaporeanPublished: November 16, 2012 09:25 AM

The Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation celebrated its 30 Years of Advancement at the Pearl Jubilee Bid for the Kids Gala on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort in Newport Beach. The black tie event acknowledged the ongoing commitment to cutting edge research, education and lifesaving advancements for children with cancer.  

The Gala honored Heather Paredes, nee Stevens, who was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma at the age of three. With the support of PCRF, Paredes successfully recovered and is now living a healthy life. As a cancer survivor she anticipates a bright future.

“Hope is looking for the future,” Paredes said in a brief interview with Michael Villani, an actor, announcer and voiceover artist known throughout the southland.

Since 1982, the foundation has been improving the quality of life and survival rates of children diagnosed with cancer from the support of businesses, foundations and individuals. In its 30th year many of the supporters came together in providing hope for those looking for a cure.

The evening featured a silent auction during cocktail hour with donations including charitable items such as children’s gift baskets, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Anaheim Ducks giveaways, a Paramount Pictures backpack and tour, local band Social Distortion gift package, and jewelry, fur coats, sunglasses, vacation getaways, harbor cruises and many other luxury items. The auction also included a variety of wines donated by several community members, restaurants and wineries.  

The event continued with dinner and a live auction. Paredes, as the evening’s main speaker, told her life story of battling cancer along with her recognition as a pediatric cancer philanthropist. The live auction consisted of very expensive items including a Disneyland Club 33 Candlelight White Glove Christmas donated by Jeffery and Bonnie Dankberg, tickets to the Ellen DeGeneres show, a luxury suite at a Los Angeles Lakers game, VIP tickets to the Tournament of Roses Parade, a getaway to Tuscany, Italy and many other grand adventures.

The evening was sponsored by local contributors including Emile Haddad, one of OC Metro’s Hot 25, along with the Dankbergs; Shulman, Hodges & Bastian, LLP; Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; In-N-Out Burger; Jaffe Family Foundation; Miracles for Kids and an array of many other generous companies and individuals.

The evening featured live music by local entertainers Tijuana Dogs. The band is known for playing in several venues throughout the county along with providing entertainment at weddings and corporate events.

PCRF is a respected international organization that recognized for its dedication and contributions by its researchers, partners, staff and volunteers. The foundation has raised more than $30 million towards pediatric cancer research and has made a notable impact on many children and their families faced with life threatening diseases. PCRF is committed to funding innovative research so every child can hope for a cancer free future.


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