[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
Santa Clarita CA
Today in
S.C.V. History
March 23
1886 - Film director Robert N. Bradbury born in Washington state; launched John Wayne's career in Placerita Canyon [watch]

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.


You can be the first one to leave a comment.

Leave a Comment


Thursday, Mar 23, 2017
NorthPark Community Church will be hosting a variety of events for the week leading up to Easter Sunday.
Tuesday, Mar 21, 2017
The gibbons at the Gibbon Conservation Center are featured in a National Geographic artist Joel Sartore's documentary project, "The Photo Ark".
Monday, Mar 20, 2017
The 5th Annual SCV Charity Chili Cook-off is heating up this Thursday, March 23rd at 6 p.m. at Wolf Creek Brewery located at 25108 Rye Canyon Loop, in Valencia.
Monday, Mar 20, 2017
The Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita Valley raised more than $20,000 during the inaugural Great Escape Gala at the Hyatt Regency Valencia to support operations.
Monday, Mar 20, 2017
Having a baby is supposed to be the happiest time of your life. But what if it’s not? Each year, 1.3 million women in the U. S. struggle to find support and treatment for postpartum depression and other perinatal mood disorders.

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
A Castaic man accused of domestic violence and murder in a deadly attack against his wife pleaded guilty, an official with the District Attorney’s Office reported Thursday.
Castaic Man Accused of Domestic Violence, Murder Takes Plea Deal
NorthPark Community Church will be hosting a variety of events for the week leading up to Easter Sunday.
NorthPark Community Church Hosts Easter Events
Disabled veteran-owned businesses have had a $250,000 cap when bidding for California contracts through a streamlined bidding process, weakening their ability to compete with their big business counterparts.
Acosta Introduces Bill to Help Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses
The single-family home median price for the Santa Clarita Valley in February came in at $535,000, up 0.9 percent from 12 months ago and off 4.5 percent from January’s median of $560,000.
Single-Family Home Prices Rise Almost 1 Percent Compared to Last Year
Many flowers are pollinated by insects, so there is nothing unusual there for the poppies, which are indeed fertilized by insects. What is more unusual is the kind of insects that play an important part in doing this job. It seems the actual pollinator is...
Poppy Surprises | Commentary by Evelyne Vandersande
1886 - Film director Robert N. Bradbury born in Washington state; launched John Wayne's career in Placerita Canyon [watch]
After a solid start to the year in closed escrow sales, low housing inventory, eroding affordability, and rising interest rates mildly pulled back pending sales on a year-over-year basis in February, the California Association of Realtors said Wednesday.
Calif. Realtors Report Weakest February in 3 Years
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, the reward for information leading to the suspect involved in the hit-and-run death of a 15 year old girl has been increased. Plus, job seekers can head out to this upcoming Hiring Fest. Watch these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
SCV NewsBreak for Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Rio Norte students Emily Yago and Khara Bigham are semi-finalists in the National Scripps Spellebrity Video Contest.
Help Send Rio Norte Students to National Scripps Spelling Bee
The Castaic Union School District is seeking four new members for it’s Measure QS Citizens Oversight Committee.
Castaic USD Seeking New Members for Oversight Committee
No. 10 College of the Canyons split a home doubleheader with Riverside City College on Saturday, winning the first game 14-9 and falling 6-4 in the second affair.
No. 10 Canyons Splits Home Doubleheader with Riverside City College
Children spend too much time in front of a screen and too little time exploring nature and having in fun the great outdoors. That imbalance can contribute to bullying, illness, depression and attention deficits.
April 3: CSUN Lecture to Explore ‘How to Raise a Wild Child’
Medical examiners identified the remains of a woman found dead near Golden Valley Road in early March as a 26 year old Tarzana resident.
Body Found Near Golden Valley in March ID’d
Annual tuition for resident undergraduate students will increase by $270 and will generate $77.5 million in net revenue for student success initiatives including Graduation Initiative 2025.
CSU Trustees Approve Tuition Increase
Despite Trump’s lies, tens of millions will lose insurance, huge premium spikes will hit older and middle-class Americans hard, and low-income children and the disabled will have their health care taken away.
Trumpcare Fails | Commentary by Bryan Caforio
See what's coming from the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Upcoming SCV Chamber of Commerce Events
Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Missing Persons Detail are seeking the public’s assistance in locating John Wayne Kolb, a 74 year-old male, American Indian who was last heard from on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, when he spoke with out of town family.
LASD Seeking Public Help in Locating Missing 74-Year-Old
America’s Job Center of California will offer a Hiring Fest from 9 to 11 a.m. on Friday, March 31, as the culminating event to a month of workshops and classes designed to assist people in achieving their career goals.
March 31: March into the Workforce at Job Center’s Hiring Fest
College of the Canyons took a 3-0 first inning lead vs. Glendale College but allowed the Vaqueros to battle back, falling 7-4 to set up a three-way tie atop the Western State Conference (WSC), East Division standings.
Canyons Lets Early Lead Slip Away in 7-4 Loss to Glendale
The College of the Canyons men's and women's track & field teams finished first in a combined nine events at the Antelope Valley College Invitational on Friday, as the Cougars continue to perform at a high level in all areas of competition.
Canyons Track & Field Combines to Win Nine Events at AVC Invitational
The 78th installment of the 2017 Whitney Biennial opened to the public at the Whitney Museum in New York on Friday. The 63 artists, with a number of CalArtians counted among them, explore themes of self and the individual's place in a turbulent society.
CalArtians Featured in 2017 Whitney Biennial in New York
Daniel Jose Ruiz (MFA 07) will be reading from his debut novel, Coconut Versus, on Thursday, March 23 at 7:30 pm at Skylight Books in Los Feliz.
Former CalArts Student to Read Novel at Skylight Books
CalArts faculty and choreographer Rosanna Gamson will presented her dance-theater production Still/Restless this past Saturday at El Camino College in Torrance, Calif.
CalArts Faculty Member Hosts Performance at El Camino
FA 12) has a powerful show at the California African American Museum. Titled The Evanesced, the show opened on March 2 and is on view until June 25.
CalArts Grad Hosts Show at CAAM
Los Angeles-based documentary filmmaker Roxanne Frias visits CalArts on Thursday, March 16 for a screening of "Latino: The Changing Face of America," followed by a Q&A. Frias’ film examines the growth of Latino population in the U.S., and its impact on America's political, social, economic and cultural future.
Filmmaker Hosts Screening, Discussion at CalArts
On a night when The Master's University men's basketball team dug a hole too deep to climb out of, a historical turnaround came to an end in a heartbreaking 77-75 loss to Texas Wesleyan at the NAIA Division I Men's National Tournament in Municipal Auditorium.
Mustangs Eliminated By Rams
The Master’s University women’s track & field team competed at the Ross & Sharon Irwin Invitational Saturday, hosted by Point Loma Nazarene University.
Lady Mustang Track & Field Stampedes Ross & Sharon Irwin Invitational
On Saturday, The Master’s University men’s track & field team posted a number of qualifying marks at the Ross & Sharon Irwin Invitational for the 66th Annual Men’s Outdoor Track & Field National Championships from May 25-27 at the Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
TMU Men’s Track & Field Turns Heads at Ross & Sharon Irwin Invitational
Max Maitland's two-run single in the last of the sixth inning drove in the tying and go-ahead runs as The Master's University salvaged a doubleheader split with Biola Saturday afternoon at Lou Herwaldt Stadium.
Salvaging A Split
The Master’s University golf team placed 10th out of 18 teams with a collective score of 889 (296-297-296) at the Battle at Primm on the greens of the Primm Valley Golf Course.
Mustang Golf Battles At Primm
The Master’s University baseball team fell to Simpson University 7-5 Tuesday afternoon at Lou Herwaldt Stadium.
Red Hawks Fly Past Mustangs
The Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation has donated $8,000 to the Karden’s Garden School Garden Curriculum at Charles Helmers Elementary School.
Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation Donates to Helmers Garden Curriculum
The Master's University students Michael Sciarra and Bianca Cubello were recognized for their lasting impact in their respective sports at the 2017 Cliff Hamlow Champions of Character Award Ceremony among 18 Golden Sate Athletic Conference Student-Athletes.
Two TMU Athletes Honored at Character Award Ceremony
College of the Canyons competed in the Southern Californian Invitational at El Camino Country Club in Oceanside on Monday, finishing ninth in a field of 19 schools from across the region.
Canyons Competes at Southern California Invitational in Oceanside
1875 - Construction begins on San Fernando Railroad Tunnel [story]
The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the Canyon Country fatal hit-and-run of a 15 year old girl is now at $25,000.
Reward Increased for Information on Fatal Canyon Country Hit-and-Run