[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

SCVNews.com | Cancer Fighters Enjoy Evening Under the Stars | 09-19-2016
Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Fog
Fog
53°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
December 10
1941 - Three days after Pearl Harbor attack, 165th and 185th Infantry Regiments assigned to Saugus; Edison power substation guarded 24/7 [timeline]


Chris Hoefflin shares the dance floor with a "tiny dancer."

Chris Hoefflin shares the dance floor with a “tiny dancer.” Photos: Michele E. Buttelman.

The 23rd Annual Evening Under the Stars raised more than $100,000 in a live auction to benefit the Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Children’s Cancer.

Proceeds from the event, held Saturday at the Mann Biomedical Park in Valencia, will also include ticket sales, a silent auction, reverse raffle and sponsorships, once all of the dollars are tallied.

The silent auction offered more than 300 gift baskets, bottles of wine, gift certificates and other items. The live auction total featured 34 items and raised nearly $35,000 in a Fund-A-Need request.

“This is always one of my favorite events,” said auctioneer Mark Drilling of Stokes Auction Group. “It is always an emotional evening.”

Founders Chris and Sue Hoefflin welcomed guests.

“Sue and I would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone here tonight,” said Chris Hoefflin. “It is wonderful to see so many friendly and caring faces in the crowd. Tonight we honor our children and our families that are with us. Tonight you’ve heard some heart-wrenching stories, it is a difficult battle that we face, but with your help we are able to conquer.”

Chris and Sue Hoefflin

Chris and Sue Hoefflin

Chris Hoefflin also asked attendees to help celebrate the accomplishments of a special group of cancer survivors – now young-adult Hoefflin Foundation scholarship recipients.

The evening also included a memorial slideshow of young cancer patients who lost their battle with cancer during the past year.

Kymmer Crookston spoke about her son’s battle with cancer and how the Hoefflin Foundation helped her son and her family in ways she never expected.

Prior to the live auction, Hoefflin Foundation board co-chairs Holly Cordova and Frank Oviedo asked the audience to open up their “hearts and wallets” to assist the foundation.

“Without these funds, we can’t do the great work we do helping families in need,” Oviedo said.

Kymmer Crookston shares the story of her son's battle with pediatric cancer and how the Hoefflin Foundation assisted the family.

Kymmer Crookston shares the story of her son’s battle with pediatric cancer and how the Hoefflin Foundation assisted the family.

He also spoke about the origins of the nonprofit, founded in 1995 by the late 9-year-old Michael Hoefflin and his parents, Chris and Sue Hoefflin. Michael was diagnosed with brain cancer at age 6. After years of remission and reoccurrence, he died at age 10 on May 15, 1996.

Cordova said the foundation has served more than 500 families since it began.

“And I was one of those families,” she said. “My son is a survivor. I love this organization.”

She described the overwhelming emotions of learning one’s child has cancer, as well as the financial burdens involved.

“Cancer affects the whole family,” she said. “Kids sometimes need to be kids, which is why one of my favorite activities of the Hoefflin Foundation are the parties for the children.”

Dawnel DeRubeis, Mrs. California Universal, introduced many of the clients of the Hoefflin Foundation as they joined her on stage.

Dawnel DeRubeis, Mrs. California Universal with clients of the Hoefflin Foundation.

Dawnel DeRubeis, Mrs. California Universal with clients of the Hoefflin Foundation.

“It is truly an honor and a privilege to have them here with us tonight,” DeRubeis said. “They are reminder of why we are here to night and why we won’t stop fighting for a cure.”

After the emotional program, the live auction began which vacations, jewelry, art and more. Among the most fought-over items was the head table to the 2017 event, which went to Glen Sherman for $10,000. He has held the “rights” to the head table for the past several years and engaged in a spirited bidding war to keep the table for next year’s event.

Other items garnering large bids were a seven-day trip to Mammoth with use of a condo that sleeps 11 ($4,300); a Kobe Bryant autographed warm-up jersey ($2,600); use of a 3,800-square-foot vacation home in Kahana, Maui, for seven days ($6,250); Staples Center Kings Suite ($5,000) and a framed Pablo Picasso print ($2,400).

Rick Garcia, news anchor for KCBS Channel 2 News at 4:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., served as emcee of the event.

Guests raise their bid numbers to make pledge donations during the Fund-a-Need appeal.

Guests raise their bid numbers to make pledge donations during the Fund-a-Need appeal.

The reverse raffle for a Princess Cruises premium vacation package valued at $5,000, donated by the Princess Cruises Community Foundation, was won by Laurie and Rick Garcia. Tickets cost $100 each with only 200 tickets available.

Garcia was nearly speechless when his name was on the last ticket drawn, to win the raffle.

“Really?” Garcia said, as he announced his own name. “Well, OK.”

The evening included many emotional moments when cancer survivors and parents of children who had lost, and who had won, their cancer battles told their moving stories to the crowd of more than 500 attending the event.

Photos of children who have died in the past year from cancer were displayed on large screens during the event, a reminder of the Hoefflin Foundation’s mission.

Guests at the Hoefflin Foundation Evening Under the Stars fundraiser view silent auction items.

Guests at the Hoefflin Foundation Evening Under the Stars fundraiser view silent auction items.

After the dinner and auction, the crowd was entertained by the Kelly Rae Band, and many guests took advantage of the dance floor set up in front of the stage.

Co-chairs of the event were Brenda Neilson and Tim and Jenny Ketchepaw. Gala vice-chairs included Gail Berke, Bob Jenner, Rob Comeau, Shannon King, Frank Hoffman, Vanessa Rutherford, Bill Morton, Andrea Morton, Dawn Hovhannisyan and Chris and Caren Kahan.

The goals of the Hoefflin Foundation include: Finding better treatments and cures through medical research, promoting awareness of childhood cancer, and assisting local children and their families through outreach programs and emotional and financial support.

Families receive grocery and gasoline assistance, information and referrals, entertainment activities, monthly support groups, counseling and tutoring, educational resources and financial assistance.

In addition, the Hoefflin Foundation presents families with a “Kare Kit” with practical items needed for a hospital stay; college scholarships for survivors; family and grief counseling; memorial gifts to offset end-of-life expenses; and support for research and clinical trials seeking a cure.

For more information about the Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Children’s Cancer, visit www.mhf.org, email mail@mhf.org or call 661-250-4100.

 

 Auctioneer Mark Drilling, left, works the crowd as emcee Rick Garcia, right, describes the framed autographed Kobe Bryant warm-up jersey.

Auctioneer Mark Drilling, left, works the crowd as emcee Rick Garcia, right, describes the framed autographed Kobe Bryant warm-up jersey.

Evening Under the Stars Gala co-chairs Brenda Neilson and Tim and Jenny Ketchepaw.

Evening Under the Stars Gala co-chairs Brenda Neilson and Tim and Jenny Ketchepaw.

The Kelly Rae Band

The Kelly Rae Band

 

 

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

0 Comments

You can be the first one to leave a comment.

Leave a Comment


SCV NONPROFIT LINKS

NONPROFIT HEADLINES
Friday, Dec 9, 2016
Did you miss out on #GivingTuesday last week?
Friday, Dec 9, 2016
On December 17 and 18 at the College of the Canyons Performing Arts Center, the Santa Clarita Ballet Company presents a community tradition, The Nutcracker.
Wednesday, Dec 7, 2016
Enjoy the smooth sound of the Senior Center Silvertones and Musicians, under the direction of John Swinford, performing your favorite and most festive holiday tunes.
Wednesday, Dec 7, 2016
The California Junior Chamber and The Santa Clarita Junior Chamber are delighted to announce that current State President and former Local President, Neil Fitzgerald has been elected as a National Vice President for 2017.
Tuesday, Dec 6, 2016
The Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita Valley is hosting a teen PSA contest as part of National Teen Violence Dating Awareness Month.

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
1941 - Three days after Pearl Harbor attack, 165th and 185th Infantry Regiments assigned to Saugus; Edison power substation guarded 24/7 [timeline]
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, Newhall County Water District board members are now facing a recall effort in what appears to be a retaliatory move due to recent merger discussions. Plus, Senator Scott Wilk introduced a bill that aims to take CEMEX through the public appeals process should the federal government allow it to move forward. Check out these stories and more tonight on SCV NewsBreak.
SCV NewsBreak for Friday, December 9, 2016
Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Missing Person Detail are seeking the public’s help in locating 88-year-old Ruben Aritria Johnson.
88-Year-Old Missing, LASD Asking for Help
Join Santa Clarita Transit this holiday season for a festive tour of some of our city’s best displays of holiday décor. This December, Santa Clarita Transit will host a Holiday Light Tour on board our classic wood trolley and local Dial-A-Ride vehicles.
Dec. 16-17: City to Host Holiday Light Tour
Two men were charged with Attempted Human Trafficking of a Minor and Pandering of a Minor on Friday after they were arrested by Human Trafficking Bureau detectives.
Human Trafficking Task Force Nets Two Suspects Accused of Trafficking Minors
Continuing the push to rebuild and maintain California’s infrastructure, the California Transportation Commission has today allocated $236 million to 40 transportation projects that will alleviate traffic delays, repair aging roads and bridges and encourage bicycling and walking.
State Transportation Commission Funds $236 Million to Fix Traffic, Repair Roads
The city of Santa Clarita has been recognized by the High Desert Branch of the American Public Works Association with an award for “Best Improvement for Public Safety” for the Lost Canyon Road Bridge widening project.
Lost Canyon Bridge Widening Project Named Best Improvement for Public Safety
Senator Scott Wilk, R-Antelope Valley, introduced Senate Bill 57 that would compel CEMEX to go through the state public appeals process if the federal government determines that CEMEX can move forward with its mega-mine in Soledad Canyon.
Wilk Bill Aims to Send CEMEX through Public Appeals Process
Enjoy cookies with Santa at NorthPark Community Church on December 18 from 2 - 4 p.m.
Dec. 18: Cookies with Santa at Northpark Community Church
Stretches of Interstate 5 will be closed near Magic Mountain Parkway.
Dec. 12 – 16: CalTrans Set to Close Portions of I-5 near Magic Mountain Parkway
On December 17 and 18 at the College of the Canyons Performing Arts Center, the Santa Clarita Ballet Company presents a community tradition, The Nutcracker.
Dec 17-18: COC PAC to Present The Nutcracker
It is a great time to purchase your 2017 sport fishing license.
The Time is Now to Buy Your Sport Fishing License
A bipartisan measure backed by Representative Steve Knight (CA-25) to bring drought relief to California passed the House of Representatives Thursday. With the bill’s passage, Congress is poised to deliver much-needed relief to the Golden State’s ongoing water crisis.
Drought Relief Measure Passes House
Next time you plan on donating to a charity make sure the money is going to the right cause and not into a crook's pocket.
Theives Targeting Good Samaritans in Charity Scam
Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Missing Person Detail are seeking the public's help in locating 62-year-old Peter Hamilton.
LASD Searching for Man Missing Since September
Up to the day of the election, most people I encountered repeatedly expressed being overly saturated with the campaign videos, the repetitious verbiage, the negative trouncing, polls, unrelenting television commercials, main-stream media’s biased reporting, mailers, political taking heads.
The Left’s Non-acceptance
Crime Information and Public Safety Report for Canyon Country (West )-Zone 7 for the week of November 21, 2016 - November 27, 2016
Crime Blotter: Thefts in Canyon Country West
Crime Information and Public Safety Report for Canyon Country-East for the week of November 21, 2016 - November 27, 2016
Crime Blotter: Burglaries in Canyon Country East
1983 - U.S. release of John Carpenter's "Christine;" blew up fake gas station in Valencia [watch scene (R)]
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, students at Peachland Elementary School will be enjoying new upgrades in their school. Plus, a new exhibit by the ArTree is coming to SCV. Check out these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
SCV NewsBreak for Thursday, December 8, 2016
Newhall School officials celebrated the unveiling of millions of dollars in upgrades from Measure E at Peachland Elementary this week.
Peachland Elementary Unveils Improvements Funded by Measure E
Stay Green Inc. continued its award-winning ways this Fall, bringing home three Trophy Awards from the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) annual gala, in recognition of excellence in landscaping and maintenance, and one of the first place awards went to the company for "Medium HOA Maintenance: Milestone Community Association, Santa Clarita Valley".
Stay Green Earns Trio of State Awards
Valencia High School Choir will be hosting their 11th Annual Holiday Boutique on December 9 and 10, with items like holiday decor, gourmet foods, clothing, and childrens' items on sale.
Dec. 9, 10: VHS Choir Hosts Holiday Boutique
Returning to Main Street this Thursday, December 8, is one of Thursdays@Newhall’s favorite events, Note by Note.
Thursdays @ Newhall Brings Live Music to Main Street
California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced that California, along with 42 other states and the District of Columbia, has reached a $19.5 million agreement with biopharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb over allegations that the company illegally marketed the popular atypical antipsychotic drug Abilify.
AG Harris, 42 Other Generals, D.C., Announce $19.5 Million Settlement with Pharmaceutical Company
The California State University Office of the Chancellor announced today that 17 of its 23 campuses have earned Integrated Program Grants from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to develop four-year teacher preparation programs.
CSU Garners New Grant Funding to  Expand Four-Year Teacher Preparation Programs
This holiday season, while you’re busy decorating, cooking, and wrapping gifts, remember to watch out for holiday temptations for your pets.
Tips to Keep Pets Safe from Holiday Hazards
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health--Public Health--offers these useful tips for keeping in good health and positive spirits during this holiday season. These tips provide simple yet powerful actions people can do to help make the holiday season healthier and more enjoyable.
Simple Tips for a Healthy Holiday Season
1941 - Julius Dietzmann family of Castaic arrested as German enemy aliens [story]
Enjoy the smooth sound of the Senior Center Silvertones and Musicians, under the direction of John Swinford, performing your favorite and most festive holiday tunes.
Dec. 22: Silvertone Holiday Concert Comes to SCV Senior Center
A family is mourning the loss of two people who died in separate incidents in November.
Family Mourns the Loss of Father, Daughter
The California Department of Water Resources has announced its initial water allocation to deliver 20 percent of contracted supplies for the State Water Project in 2017.
CLWA Announces 20 Percent Allocation for State Water Project
Trinity Classical Academy students will be performing Christmas songs for the Atria Senior Living residents on Wednesday.
Trinity Students to Perform Christmas Songs for Seniors
Santa Clarita's Encore Chorale, a nonprofit musical arts program for seniors, invites adults 55 and older to join the Spring 2017 semester.
Seniors Invited to Join SCV Encore Chorale
One-of-a-kind gifts, like this decorative tile by artist Cathy Akers, will be on sale at CalArts’ Holiday Pop-up Market.
Dec. 15: CalArts Hosts Holiday Pop-up Market