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Table of Contents Beckstrand Cancer Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 05 : Message from the Executive Director : Who We Are : Our Programs : Four Pearls Auxiliary : Junior Pearls Auxiliary : Mini Pearls Auxiliary : Message from the Board Co-Presidents

The Diamond & Pearl Ball . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 : The Gala Team

: Evening Program : Message from the Gala Chair : Our Sponsors : Special Thanks

The Honoree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Dr. Robert Dillman, Hoag Cancer Center

: Women of Hope: A Special Thank You : Hall of Fame <> Dr. Grant Beckstrand <> Dr. Simon Tchekmedyian <> Dr. Neil Barth <> Andi Collins <> Tom Riach <> Taylor Carol

The Auction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 : Live Auction

: Auction Donors

Friends of Beckstrand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57


Lil Spitzer ::

Executive Director

Message from the Executive Director This year marks the 35-year milestone of Beckstrand Cancer Foundation; and despite being confronted head-on with a trying economy, we’ve reason to celebrate. Our gala is representative of the significant and positive impact the Foundation, our staff, volunteers and donors have made on the needs of cancer patients young and old within our community – from providing direct financial assistance and patient advocacy, to participating in hospital visits, to imparting on disadvantaged families the magic of the holiday season, and so much more. Beyond that, it’s also a celebration of our optimism for what lies ahead in 2010. Tonight, we invite you to join us in our Wonderland by unlocking your imagination and experiencing its whimsy, hope and promise…

Welcome to The Diamond & Pearl Ball 2009! Tonight, we come together to honor the distinguished contributions of Dr. Robert Dillman, Medical Director of Hoag Cancer Center, who has worked tirelessly to improve the five-year relative survival rate of patients with invasive cancer. We are also here to share the impact that Beckstrand Cancer Foundation is making in the lives of local cancer patients. Despite an economy that has only served to augment patients’ financial burden, the Foundation has responded to a doubled case load by providing $40,000 to $45,000 in financial assistance each month! And while the economy is suffering, we remain confident in our continued ability to make a difference. Thank you for joining us for the sixth annual Diamond & Pearl Ball. I hope you will take a moment to read through this program and gain a broader perspective of all we’ve accomplished in recent months and of our goals for the future. Once you do, my hope is you will realize that The Diamond & Pearl Ball is so much more than an annual fundraiser; it is a celebration of what we can accomplish for a community in need when we all work together. Throughout the pages that follow, you’ll see images of butterflies reminiscent of the Foundation’s logo, which was inspired by an idea known as “The Butterfly Effect.” This is actually a large-scale phenomena resulting from a chain of events set off by the smallest change – like the flap of a butterfly’s wings. Like “The Butterfly Effect,” the Beckstrand butterfly symbolizes our belief that one person taking the tiniest of steps can actually make a vey big difference. We’re proud to recognize seven very special women tonight who have acted as butterflies for us; and because of their loyal support, the Foundation has been able to substantially impact the cancer community. We’ve seen how one person can make a big difference – and now we invite you to imagine what can happen when hundreds of “butterflies” unite. Find out tonight at The Diamond & Pearl Ball.... an Evening in Wonderland.

Lil Spitzer


Beckstrand Cancer Foundation In addition to the physical pain suffered by those afflicted with cancer, often comes an unsurpassed emotional pain associated with the diagnosis. Fear, anxiety and uncertainty regarding what the future holds can suddenly complicate normal work routines and family obligations. For most, questions arise about basic day-to-day living needs, such as: <> Who will pay the bills while I am away from work seeking treatment or recuperation? <> How will I keep the refrigerator full? <> How do I take the time necessary to care for my diagnosed child and still make ends meet? <> Without a steady paycheck, how will I cover insurance payments and chemotherapy treatments?

Resources for needs such as rent, utilities, health insurance, food, transportation and medical copayments can quickly become a major challenge in the cancer patient’s fight for survival. That’s why offering solutions to the seemingly ordinary needs of everyday life is Beckstrand Cancer Foundation’s mission.

“This financial aid alleviates some of the fear and sense of helplessness that accompany a diagnosis of cancer. Your timely help is much more than financial. It brings me into a circle of caring friends and has taken some of the sting out of the loneliness of this disease.” : : Jacquebeth : :

What We Do While the importance of finding a cure for this devastating disease cannot be understated, as is the focus of the vast majority of cancer-related groups, Beckstrand Cancer Foundation concentrates on an equally important part of the fight that is commonly overlooked: Providing immediate assistance to the patient and his or her family. Beckstrand’s innovative and sensitive programs can help provide resources and the peace of mind necessary to fully benefit from cancer treatment, including: <> Making crucial payments <> Intervening with debtors <> Advocating on the patient’s behalf

“Out of the numerous agencies that I have contacted for help or information, Beckstrand Cancer Foundation was the only one that truly seemed to care and offer help.” . : Michael : .

Board of Directors


Jay Hamrick :: UBS Printing Group C o - P res i de n t

George O’Connell :: O’Connell Landscape Maintenance C o - P res i de n t

Patty Collins :: Community Philanthropist V i ce P res i de n t

Mary Dougher-Foster :: Community Philanthropist :: T reasurer Chris Gialanella :: Riviera Magazine Kimo McCormick :: Allen Matkins Kathryn Meeker-Harman :: Community Philanthropist :: S ecretary Grant Reynolds :: CGR Construction & Design Tara Shapiro :: HÔM Real Estate Group

Executive Staff


Lil Spitzer :: Executive Director Kaerie Ray :: Director of Development & Communications Rene Leeson :: Director of Special Projects Sarah Unke :: Manager of Office and Patient Services Pamela Kennedy, MSW, LCSW :: Director of Patient Services Cynthia Coffelt, LCSW, MPH :: Social Worker Lori Rabner, LCSW :: Social Worker

Advisory Board


Neil Barth, MD, FACP :: Newport Cancer Care Jerry Finklestein, MD, FAAP :: JJCCC Minch Fong, MD :: Mission Hospital Ernest Katz, PhD :: Childrens Hospital Los Angeles Melvin Marks, MD :: Miller Children’s Hospital Alice Police, MD :: Pacific Breast Care Nicole Rubin :: Ronald McDonald House Charities of SC Stuart Siegel, MD :: Childrens Hospital Los Angeles Simon Tchekmedyian, MD, FACP :: Pacific Shores Medical Group 9

Our Programs Individual Patient Assistance – Providing a Missing Link Based closely on the original model established by Dr. Grant Beckstrand, the Individual Patient Assistance (IPA) program is a flexible and adaptable solution for cancer patients in need – designed specifically to avoid unnecessary hardship by filling gaps in conventional social services. Dubbed the “missing link” by the oncology community, the Foundation’s program works to complement the efforts of doctors and nurses who must keep an unwavering focus on treatment. The missing link addresses the frequent upheaval in the lives of their patients. IPA cases are initiated by partners in the healthcare community, including: <> Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles


<> UCI Medical Center

<> Miller Children’s Hospital

<> Hoag Cancer Center

<> Long Beach Memorial

<> Children’s Hospital of Orange County

<> City of Hope

<> USC Norris Cancer Center

<> St. Joseph Hospital

How It Works Oncologists and social workers match individual patient needs to the IPA program and refer them directly to Beckstrand Cancer Foundation. All prospective patients are then carefully evaluated to determine specific needs and available resources. Following admission, the program develops a transitional care strategy: What will it take to ensure the patient is able to undergo uninterrupted treatment and optimize recovery?

Counseling and community resources are the first services to be offered to the patient, followed by financial help until other interventions can begin. Wherever possible, Beckstrand Cancer Foundation assists the patient with payments to stay in his or her current home – thereby maximizing his or her comfort and well-being, reducing stress, and eliminating an extra level of uncertainty for all members of the family. The IPA program makes certain that health insurance policies remain in full force throughout the duration of treatment, and helps keep automotive, utility, life insurance, medical and other essential payments current.

“I am so grateful to Beckstrand Cancer Foundation for its assistance. Knowing that there is an organization and people that recognize the challenge cancer patients have with everyday life issues raises my hopes for society.” : : North : :

Our Programs BELIEVE : Sharing the Spirit of Christmas When the hardship and tumult of cancer invades a home, the very best family therapy can be a visit from Santa Claus. In the spirit of the holiday, and that of Dr. Beckstrand who had a vision for direct community support, the BELIEVE Program was designed to counteract the ability of cancer to infect and devastatingly unravel every facet of a patient’s family life. The pain, uncertainty, and confusion caused by a parent’s or a child’s cancer can reach new heights during the Christmas season, which carries high expectations for comfort, happiness, and carefree family unity. For many families struggling to pay for therapies or living for the first time without a paycheck, the BELIEVE program reaches out to provide the spirit of Christmas to those living with cancer. Santa, Mrs. Claus, and a team of elves deliver gifts, toys, food, trees, and holiday magic to local families living with cancer whose financial and physical limitations would otherwise deny them the traditional forms of celebration. Families in need are identified through the Beckstrand patient database, partnerships with CHOC, Pacific Shores Medical Group, Newport Cancer Care, SOS, and referrals from across the healthcare and social work communities. Donors specifying BELIEVE as their choice of program may directly assist a single family through an “adopt-a-family” option. Different levels of personal engagement are also available.

“We were overwhelmed when the Beckstrand staff showed up at our home with all the incredible gifts for the children and me. Our family has been through a lot over the past year since Matthew was diagnosed with cancer, and it was wonderful to see Matthew and Megan happy and excited again. You are truly angels on this earth.” : : Claire : :


Our Programs Pediatric Program The mission of Beckstrand Cancer Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pediatric Program is to help provide exceptional psychosocial care to children undergoing cancer treatment. The program aims to address the different needs that pediatric cancer patients experience versus adult patients, and offer ways to cope with these needs. Often, treatment for cancer can be stressful for young patients, sometimes leading to behavioral problems and learning disabilities. The Pediatric Program supplies a supportive environment for children to learn appropriate coping skills, enabling them to address relevant issues related to their diagnosis, treatment and possible long-term effects, as well as family-related issues. Through partnerships with distinguished medical programs staffed by dedicated and knowledgeable healthcare professionals, Beckstrand Cancer Foundation grants children and their families much-needed support, guidance and information throughout the course of their treatment and beyond, including: <> Financial assistance <> Crisis intervention <> Behavioral and family support <> Preparation for medical procedures <> Art therapy <> School reintegration

Dealing with a life-threatening illness such as cancer can be an isolating and frightening experience for any child. When young boys and girls are diagnosed, their familiar world is completely disrupted and replaced with a new routine at a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hospital. For some, this can produce serious late effects, including memory impairment, learning disorders and socialization problems, which many children do not know how to handle. Beckstrand Cancer Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pediatric Program provides the valuable tools necessary to assist children in their treatment and recovery, while effectively addressing their important age-specific needs.

Our Programs Art Therapy Cancer patients are increasingly turning to alternative and complementary therapies to reduce symptoms, improve quality of life, and boost their ability to cope with stress. The Beckstrand Art Therapy Program uses art and psychoanalysis to teach children, teens and adults with cancer how to better cope with their diagnosis and prognosis, and to aid in their recovery. Program Director, Dr. Esther DreifussKattan, holds both a PhD in Art Therapy/Psycho-Oncology and in Psychoanalysis, and is a pioneer in art therapy for cancer patients both in the United States and in Europe. Art therapy utilizes the creative, psychotherapeutic process of art-making to ameliorate physical and emotional pain, improve quality of life, and foster psychological growth for persons with cancer. Helps patients and families to cope better with their illness by: <> Fostering hope and psychological well-being through artistic change and peer interaction <> Offering a creative avenue to communicate physical and emotional needs <> Increasing self esteem and reducing pain and symptoms through mastery of art materials

and pictorial expression

<> Exploring complicated, frightening thoughts and feelings related to cancer and its difficult treatments <> Moving from the feeling of isolation to the sense of connection, and from the frustration of

powerlessness to the satisfaction of a sense of control


Beckstrand Auxiliaries Beckstrand Cancer Foundation is proud to offer the community a trio of dedicated auxiliary programs â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a creative way for volunteers of all ages to get involved and give back. Four Pearls, Junior Pearls and Mini Pearls complement the Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission and programs by raising awareness and funds on behalf of children and teens with cancer.

A group for young professionals founded by Lauren Collins, Veronica Muth and Stephanie Muth. Inspired by the life and spirit of Andi Collins, Four Pearls members provide care packages to patients and offer educational community events focused on cancer resources, preventative action and early detection.

Our Team Lauren Collins C o - F ounder & C hair

Veronica Muth C o - F ounder & P resident

Stephanie Muth C o - F ounder & V ice P resident

Board of Directors Ashley Brown

Brady Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell

C ommunications

M arketing

Will Collins

Christina Osborne

M embership

D irector

Laura Dubrish

Casey Reinhardt

E vents

D irector

Jenny Livits

Catherine Stephens

P ublic R elations

T reasurer

Kathryn Meeker-Harman

Nishan Tchekmedyian

D irector

P rogram D evelopment


A group for high school teens founded by Alexandra Spitzer. Junior Pearls reach out to members through a thriving online community, conduct hospital visits and activities for patients, assemble care packages, write and exchange â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letters of Love,â&#x20AC;? and provide supply-stocked backpacks for school-bound patients in grades K-12.

Our Team Alexandra Spitzer F ounder & C hair

Elisa Lee P resident

Jazmin Gardner V ice P resident

Board of Directors Trent Anderson

Lauren Palley

D evelopment

D irector

Megan Case

Amy Ryu

S ecretar y

C ommunications

Nikki Magliarditi

Seerat Saini

M embership

D irector

Allie Moskovits D irector

Advisors Megan Corey Sarah Unke

A group for grade school aged children founded by Jillian Ray and dedicated to raising awareness for the littlest of patients. Mini Pearls make and distribute quilted blankets with the word “BELIEVE” on them, host The Teddy Bear Ball holiday fundraiser, organize toy drives and write “Pearl Pal” letters – providing hope to children currently undergoing treatment.

Our Team Jillian Ray F ounder & C hair

Grace Ann Quigley P resident

Taylor Slouka V ice P resident

Board of Directors Madeline Bagley Brooke DeLucas Genevieve Gray Macayle John Jenna Quigley Thomas Ray Katie Schwan Avery Thomas Zachary Turner

Advisor Kim Iverson


Jay Hamrick ::

Board Co-President

George Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell ::

Board Co-President

Message from the Board Co-Presidents Thank you for attending tonight’s Diamond & Pearl Ball. Beckstrand Cancer Foundation is now in its third decade, and although our mission to improve and enhance quality of life for cancer patients and their families hasn’t changed, it remains as relevant as ever in these difficult economic times. Personally, this mission really resonates with me. As Co-President of the Board of Directors, as a father, and as a longtime resident of Orange County, it means so much to me that an organization like Beckstrand is available to help when a disease as devastating as cancer affects our friends, our family, our neighbors, and our coworkers. This is a disease that does not discriminate, as many of us have experienced firsthand, and I am proud that when Orange County families are burdened with the financial hardship that comes with a cancer diagnosis, Beckstrand Cancer Foundation is there to help with day-to-day needs like rent, utilities, food, gas, medical insurance and prescriptions. And you, too, can be proud to support an organization that makes such a difference in the community. Thank you for coming tonight, and for providing help during a time when the need is great.

Jay Hamrick

Welcome to The Diamond & Pearl Ball! This is an important year for us because of the unique situation we’ve found ourselves in as a nation. Although it might sound like stating the obvious to say that in tough economic times the disadvantaged experience an even greater need for assistance, it’s one of the messages that I, personally, want to drive home tonight because it’s especially true for those who are trying to cope with cancer. At the same time, I want to offer hope by saying that Beckstrand Cancer Foundation is the first organization in Orange County to confront this need head on. As Co-President of the Board of Directors, I take a lot of pride in sharing with you this fact: For every dollar donated to the Foundation, 80 cents goes straight to patients in need. Only 20 percent is allocated to administrative and fundraising costs – and currently, we’re writing $40,000 to $45,000 in financial assistance checks every month! And while that number represents the largest amount of outreach by the Foundation to date, there are so many more families in need and so much more we can accomplish with your help. Thank you for attending The Diamond & Pearl Ball 2009 and showing your commitment to continuing this worthwhile mission.

George O’Connell


The Gala Team

........................................................................................ Rene Leeson

Lil Spitzer E x ecutive D irector

D irector of S pecial P rojects

Kaerie Ray

Sarah Unke

D irector of D evelopment

M anager of O ffice

& C ommunications

and P atient S ervices


Kirsten Prosser 2009 Gala Chair

Kirsten Prosser & Jan Salta Chairs Emeritus



........................................................................................ Marcia Brashier

Sara Jarrett

Sharon Chan

Tami Kahn

Laura Cross

Michele Mullen

Susie Croul

Dr. Kate Sahafi

Joni Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Amato

Jan Salta

Tracy DiGiorgio

Ariela Shani

Janelle Geary

Tara Shapiro

Melanie Graper

Karen Stewart

Michaele Hall

Stuart Winston

Evening Program Reception

Wonderland Martinis :: pearl


Wine :: R ob

V odka

& L y dia M ondavi and F olio F ine W ine P artners

:: Oberon Sauvignon Blanc

:: Hangtime New Zealand Pinot Noir

Gourmet Cuisine :: B B C


Lil Spitzer :: E x ecutive

Special Thanks

Kirsten Prosser :: G ala

E x ecutive C hef J osef L ageder

D irector

C hair

:: Women of Hope


George Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell :: B oard

C o - P resident

Live Auction

Mark Schenfeld :: A uctioneer

The Honoree

Dr. Robert Dillman :: H oag

C ancer C enter

Fund-A-Need Opportunity Drawing Farewell

Jay Hamrick & George Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell :: B oard

C o - P residents


Gala Chair Photo

Kirsten Prosser ::

2009 Gala Chair

Message from the Gala Chair On behalf of the Gala Committee, it is with great pride that I welcome you to The Diamond & Pearl Ball 2009. As in years past, this evening represents a celebration of life, support and hope. For 35 years, Beckstrand Cancer Foundation has provided much needed assistance and support to cancer patients and their loved ones. I am honored to serve as chair for the sixth anniversary of this extraordinary gala â&#x20AC;&#x201C; An Evening in Wonderland. I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the kind and generous hearts of each and every one of the guests, underwriters, and auction contributors who have given their time and resources in support of our mission: To improve and enhance quality of life for cancer patients and their families. Each dollar that we raise tonight will make a big difference in their lives! Thank you, also, to the members of the Gala Committee for donating both time and talent. These contributions, combined with the support of local retailers and the community as a whole, allowed us to soar to new heights. My hope is that everyone here this evening enjoys the amazing escapist fantasy that is An Evening in Wonderland! Very truly yours,

Kirsten Prosser Kirsten Prosser


Our Sponsors Heartfelt thanks to the following sponsors and underwriters for making The Diamond & Pearl Ball 2009 possible…

Presenting Sponsors


at Fashion Island

Wine Sponsor

Marquise George & Eden O’Connell Mike & Jan Salta Mike & Tara Shapiro Emerald AJ & Joni D’Amato Don & Mary Dougher-Foster Mike & Tami Kahn Lugano Diamonds Keith & Mara Murray

Media Partner

Martini Sponsor

Princess John & Patty Collins Doug Denhart Ergonique Jay Hamrick Kimo & Allison McCormick Pacific Shores Medical Group ready to wear Oday Shakar Whelan Wealth Management Group Underwriters Bella Terra McCarthy Microsemi Mikimoto O’Connell Family Foundation TD Service Financial Corporation

Special Thanks Beka Forney

Pearl Vodka

B utterfl y C ostumes & F air y D resses

V odka M artini B ar

Copy Group, Inc.

Laura Dubrish

P rinting â&#x20AC;&#x201C; S ave the D ate , O pportunit y

E vent C oordinator

D rawing T ickets & A uction C atalog

Lindsey Dewald Chameleon Chairs

H airst y list

W onderland C hairs

Keith & Mara Murray Dawn Garcia

I nspiration T able

M akeup A rtist

OC Flower Wholesaler G-Force Productions

F lowers

V ideo & E vent P roduction

Oday Shakar Henry Tieu & Kelly Parsley-Gordon

F air y I llustrations

C enterpiece & F loral D esign

Instant Jungle International

Rob & Lydia Mondavi and Folio Fine Wine Partners

F oliage & P rops

D inner W ine

Kimberly Dubois

Nien Studios

E vent P roducer

E vent B randing , I nvitation & G ala P rogram D esign

Kyle Berns Schane Clark

M ultimedia P roducer

D igital A rtist

Jim Kennedy Photographers Wildflower Linens

P hotograph y

W onderland L inens

Special, special thanks to our cherished friends at


Pri nting Group

for underwriting and printing our fifth sensational

Gala Book!


Dr. Robert Dillman ::

Medical Director, Hoag Cancer Center

The Honoree : Robert O. Dillman, M.D., Hoag Cancer Center Twenty years ago, Dr. Robert O. Dillman made the decision to move to Orange County, and since then, he’s made his mark in a big way: Earning a listing in every edition of the Best Doctors in America since 1992, when he also became the first hematologist or oncologist in Orange County, California to be so selected by peers. During that same time, his noteworthy contributions to the medical community were recognized with “Top Doctor,” “Top Physician,” “Best Doctor,” and “Physician of Excellence” honors – and a 2006 “Orange County Physician of the Year” distinction by the Orange County Medical Association. At the same time, Dr. Dillman stepped into the role of Executive Medical and Scientific Director of Hoag Cancer Center in Newport Beach, where his training, experience and board certification in internal medicine, medical oncology and hematology was about to enable significant strides in the cancer patient’s fight for survival. In fact, during his tenure:

The five-year relative survival rate for Hoag patients with invasive cancer has improved from 58 percent to 76 percent, and has improved much more rapidly than has occurred nationally. As impressive as this accomplishment is, Dr. Dillman is not one to rest on his laurels. This father of six continues to make progress in the cancer arena, advancing in ways that will serve to improve medical science for his children, their children and beyond. Already, he has authored or co-authored more than 270 scientific articles, reviews, book chapters, and monographs. He has been recognized internationally for his work in lung cancer and cancer biotherapy, and has delivered more than 700 invited lectures throughout the United States and in 10 foreign countries. And tonight, at The Diamond & Pearl Ball 2009, he is honored for his knowledge and dedication to the medical community, the hope he has instilled in the cancer community, and the inspiration he offers to the community-at-large.


Women of Hope :: A Special Thank You Jan Salta, Joni D’Amato, Tami Kahn & Tara Shapiro Beckstrand Cancer Foundation is proud to celebrate four very special women who have each made extraordinary contributions to the local cancer community through their selfless acts of kindness: Jan Salta, Joni D’Amato, Tami Kahn and Tara Shapiro. These “Women of Hope” are longtime supporters who have consistently invested themselves in the mission of the Foundation, and steadfastly sought to raise both awareness and funds on behalf of the patients we serve. Each year, they set an example for the community by serving on the Gala Committee, motivating others to become involved, attending The Diamond & Pearl Ball, holding a position on the Board of Directors and lending support in the form of time, talent, friendship and funding. We are honored to benefit from their commitment and, tonight, express our heartfelt thanks to each of these remarkable Women of Hope.

Laura Cross, Tracy DiGiorgio & Susan Franklin When The Diamond & Pearl Ball was first introduced to Orange County, Beckstrand Cancer Foundation was grateful to receive the support of its inaugural Presenting Sponsor, BVLGARI. The event was a success because of women who were willing to take a chance on the Foundation and were loyal to its mission of improving and enhancing quality of life for cancer patients and their families. Three of these same “Women of Hope” continue to inspire others by wholeheartedly giving of themselves, year in and year out: Laura Cross, Tracy DiGiorgio and Susan Franklin. We are delighted to recognize and thank each of these amazing women for their dedication to helping, their reliable attendance, and generous spirit of giving.

Jan Salta

Joni Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Amato

Tami Kahn

Tara Shapiro

Laura Cross

Tracy DiGiorgio

Susan Franklin 33


Hall of Fame

Dr. Grant Beckstrand Beckstrand C ancer Foundation H onoree 2003

Dr. Beckstrand is widely remembered as a pioneering oncologist who brought the most advanced understanding and skill in cancer treatment to our area. Beckstrand Cancer Foundation celebrates and continues the contributions he made outside the clinical setting. Dr. Beckstrand recognized the significance and importance of his patientsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; non-medical needs, and searched in particular for a solution to the financial burden of cancer and its treatment. Patients and family members, moved by his sense of responsibility to those without means, expressed their appreciation for Dr. Beckstrandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work by donating money to his special account to help those in need. In 1974, that account became Beckstrand Cancer Foundation, with an expanded mandate and capacity for service to our community.


Hall of Fame

Dr. Simon Tchekmedyian B eckstrand C ancer Foundation H onoree 2004

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dr. Tâ&#x20AC;? is a treasured clinical and fundraising partner of Beckstrand Cancer Foundation, providing patient referrals, medical advice, and other resources. With a lifelong dedication to improving and enhancing the quality of life of cancer patients, Dr. Tchekmedyian has personally cared for an estimated 10,000 patients over the last 20 years. His pursuit of new treatments to improve the cure rate and to enhance the quality of life of cancer patients has been passionate and relentless. A clinical investigator in more than 250 cancer research studies, Dr. Tchekmedyianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original observations and publications led to a new medication to reverse the lack of appetite and weight loss of patients.



Hall of Fame

Dr. Neil Barth Beckstrand C ancer Foundation H onoree 2005

Dr. Barth is a longtime advocate for cancer patients and a source of inspiration, advice, and referral for Beckstrand Cancer Foundation. A Newport Beach-based innovator in cancer treatment, Dr. Barthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commitment to the well-being of our Orange County community is legendary. Now Chief of Staff at Hoag Hospital, his medical work has greater impact and reach than ever before, and his commitment to community, reflected in his partnership with Beckstrand, brings significant numbers of patients into the embrace of essential humanitarian assistance.



Andi Collins

(1987 - 2003)

B eckstrand Cancer Foundation H onoree 2006

As an avid volleyball player for Mater Dei High School, Andi Collinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; winning spirit was evident both on and off the court. Known for her courage, optimism and strength, Andiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s friends characterized her as a young woman who lived her life with the same fervor she applied to her role as a CIF-champion volleyball player and team captain. At just 16, Andi touched the lives of thousands and continues to do so long after her unexpected fight with a rare form of breast cancer. Andi recognized the importance of perseverance and dedication, and her athletic attributes carried over into solid friendships and close family ties. Her on-court prowess made her one of the top setting recruits in the nation, and her trademark warmth and laughter instilled a sense of admiration in those around her. For her unquenchable zest for life and love, family and friendship; and for her unmistakable potential, Beckstrand Cancer Foundation pays tribute to athlete, student, friend, sister, daughter and precious gem, Andi Collins. 37



Tom Riach

(1929 - 2006)

Beckstrand C ancer Foundation H onoree 2007

Never one to shirk from a challenge, Tom Riach was known as a tough competitor, a gifted athlete, and a hard bargaining business man. But more than that, Tom was one of those rare individuals able to successfully juggle the survivalist attributes of provider, business man and teammate, with the warmth and care required of a giving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He led by example, and spent his life helping others to feel as comfortable in their skin as he was in his own. During his fight with esophageal cancer, Tom made the most of his time with family and friends, sharing quiet moments with his wife of 53 years â&#x20AC;&#x201C; some of the sweetest of his life. Tom understood the importance of relationships, both personally and professionally. He had a knack for knowing what was important in life, and towards the end what was most important to Tom was spending time with those he held dear. For the inspirational way in which Tom handled his illness, for the lessons in grace, dignity, courage and love which Tom gave to the world, Beckstrand Cancer Foundation pays tribute to Tom Riach â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a very precious gem, and a memory that will be treasured forever.


Hall of Fame

Taylor Carol B eckstrand C ancer Foundation H onoree 2008

When Taylor Carol was just 11 years old, a benign baseball injury led doctors to discover he in fact had Philadelphia Chromosome, a chromosomal abnormality that causes the bone marrow to have deadly overgrowth of white blood cells and also causes acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Taylor’s only hope was to quickly find a bone marrow transplant match. Months later, with the support and patient advocacy of Beckstrand Cancer Foundation, Taylor’s amazing recovery began with a transplant from an anonymous donor who saved his life from halfway around the world in Germany. Throughout his emotional journey to recovery, Taylor stayed positive by singing and holding fast to the belief that the adversity of disease can build a person up and make them stronger. At The Diamond & Pearl Ball 2008, 13-year-old Taylor met his bone marrow donor, Ralf Jungbouth, shared his story of survival, and inspired the crowd through song – solidifying his place in the Honoree Hall of Fame. 39

Fashionista in Wonderland Let the luxury begin by taking in the nearby ocean breeze with overnight accommodations for two at The Island Hotel and dinner for four at the stylish Palm Terrace Restaurant. Start the day off right by indulging your inner fashionista with six new pairs of designer shoes – three pairs for Fall and three pairs for Spring. Then, excite your handbag closet with two new handbags for Fall and Spring – both from luxury designers. The shopping fun doesn’t end there! Next, you’ll enjoy a $100 Neiman Marcus gift card once a month for one year AND a Fashion Island shopping spree for $1,000. And even the most skilled fashionista needs an energy boost once in a while. Cool your statement shoes a spell with lunch for two at The Mariposa at Neiman Marcus Fashion Island once a month for one year. A shopper’s dream! S pecial T hanks :

Neiman Marcus Fashion Island The Mariposa at Neiman Marcus Fashion Island

A Home Run Enjoy the Angels and the Dodgers in this â&#x20AC;&#x153;double headerâ&#x20AC;? package, sure to delight baseball fans young and old. Your Angels on-field experience includes eight tickets to a mid-week Angels game during the 2010 regular baseball season, special viewing of early batting practice from the field, an introduction to an Angels team player and two VIP parking passes. Then, score field level seats for four during a 2010 Los Angeles Dodgers regular season home game. Includes preferred parking, the opportunity to arrive early and view batting practice from the warning track on the dirt behind home plate â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and the chance to meet a member of the team! S pecial T hanks :

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Los Angeles Dodgers


Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood in Las Vegas The perfect getaway for free-spirited fun: A luxury weekend in Las Vegas at The Wynn, the hotspot for award-winning suites, signature restaurants, exciting leisure activities and nightly entertainment! Your stay begins on The Strip with two days and two nights at The Wynn Las Vegas, where you and a guest will enter a star-studded welcome reception attended by professional athletes from soccer, baseball, football and hockey. Then, join international recording superstars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood at the Teammates for Kids Gala, featuring dinner, auction and live entertainment by Garth himself. A one-of-a-kind opportunity to meet and mingle with the best in music and sports! S pecial T hanks :

Don Johnson, Teammates for Kids Foundation

Instant Wine Cellar Any wine enthusiast or connoisseur will be lucky to add this cellar-worthy collection of some of wine’s finest vintages – housed in a state-of-the-art 135-bottle, freestanding Liebherr cellar. Be the envy of all your friends with a fabulous selection of wines produced by some of the most exclusive wineries, assembled to embellish, amplify, enhance and complement any collection. Your stellar cellar includes a highly coveted $2,000 six liter bottle of 2006 “Elevation 1147” produced and bottled by Napa Valley vintner, David Arthur, as well as: 2001 Napa Valley Opus One Cabernet Sauvignon ( case ) 2006 Alexander Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Stuhlmuller Vineyards ( sp l i t 2007 Alexander Valley Estate Chardonnay, Stuhlmuller Vineyards ( sp l i t

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2005 Lokoya Howell Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2005 Lokoya Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2005 Lokoya Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2007 L’aventure Estate Cuvee, Paso Robles 1998 Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2005 Cardinale Cabernet Sauvignon S pecial T hanks :

AJ & Joni D’Amato Liebherr David Long, David Arthur Vineyards Mike & Tara Shapiro Stuhlmuller Vineyards


Custom Couture by Oday Shakar Feel like a celebrity for your next event with an exclusive custom couture gown from the design studios of Oday Shakar. Head Designer, Oday Shakar, was a featured emerging talent in the Designers Showcase at the 2009 Style Week Orange County. He also crafted exquisite womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wear for R&B and pop singer-songwriter, Christina Milian, and will now meet with the winner for a one-on-one consultation at the Orange County design studio of Oday Shakar. During the private consultation, the winner will help to design the gown of her dreams and formal measurements will be taken to ensure the gown is tailored and customized. Based on the winnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s design input, five custom hand sketches of the gown will be presented and one will be selected for creation. The gown will be entirely hand sewn using only the finest imported fabrics, and delivered within 45 days. Included with the gown is the original sketch, framed and signed by Oday Shakar. S pecial T hanks :

Oday Shakar

BELIEVE in Holiday Magic A priceless opportunity to become the Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s BELIEVE Program Santa Claus during the 2009 holidays. Share the spirit of the season by visiting and delivering gifts provided by Beckstrand Elves to local cancer patients and their families clad in the signature style and colors of jolly old Saint Nicholas. A special chance to step into the boots of the legendary Father Christmas, join Mrs. Claus and the Elves, and interact firsthand with the patients served by Beckstrand Cancer Foundation. The experience of a lifetime! 47

Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs A rare opportunity to see “The Run for the Roses” at the oldest continuous sporting event in the country: The 2010 Kentucky Derby. Experience the diversity of Louisville’s first-class attractions, the tradition of the event’s signature mint julep, and the majesty and spectacle of the world’s fastest thoroughbreds. You and a guest will spend an exclusive weekend in the beautiful bluegrass state, staying three nights in the comfort and style of the Ambassador’s Suite of the historic Inn at the Park Bed & Breakfast, enjoying dancing and cocktails at the renowned Julep Ball the evening before the Derby, and entering Churchill Downs with tickets in hand – headed straight to the Vinery Suite, located at the finish line and owned by one of last year’s Derby contenders. Ladies, complete your Derby Day outfit with a unique, hand-finished hat from the premier hat maker of the Kentucky Derby, del mar hat co.; sure to make you a standout in the crowd! Gentleman, enjoy a collection of Derby original Maker’s Mark Bourbon Whiskey, cigars and accoutrement. An unforgettable experience! S pecial T hanks :

Dr. Tom & Nora Simon, Vinery, LTD Pam Michul, Vinery, LTD Dan Owens, Frost Brown Todd LLC Inn at the Park Bed & Breakfast Maker’s Mark Bourbon Whiskey Carol Bader Design, del mar hat co.

American Idol & Dancing with the Stars Get ready for not one, but two nights of star-studded singing and dancing! You will have two coveted VIP seats at a live taping of the hit series Dancing with the Stars, where you’ll hear all of the unedited comments from the judges. Experience surprising off-camera moments while you watch the dancers from your floor seats during a 2009 Monday night performance show. Then, be the first to see who wins the title of the next American Idol at the show’s highly anticipated season finale. Thirteen hopefuls from across the country will come down to just one winner in one of television’s most exciting show finales. S pecial T hanks :


The Ivy with Kate Somerville & Lisa Rinna For the ultimate in luxury pampering, you and up to 3 guests will visit the renowned Los Angeles medi-skin clinic of Kate Somerville, personally responsible for the glowing complexions of some of the most photographed faces in the world, including Jessica Alba, Sandra Oh and Paris Hilton. Receive a personal skin consultation with Kate Somerville, facial treatment with a top aesthetician, and session with a make-up artist. Then, your personal driver will chauffeur your group to join Kate and Emmy Award-nominated star, Lisa Rinna, for an all-inclusive lunch at Hollywood’s “it” spot, The Ivy. S pecial T hanks :

Kate Somerville Lisa Rinna The Ivy

Cooking Up Dreams The host couple and their six guests will enjoy an unforgettable dining experience within their own private residence, artfully prepared by Celebrity Chef Jamie Gwen and 9-year-old pediatric cancer survivor, “Chef” Jack Witherspoon. Chef Gwen is the host of a live weekly radio show on KFWB News 980 and can frequently be seen with her signature cookware line on QVC, in addition to her web resource for food lovers, Using techniques and tools acquired under the tutelage of world-renowned chefs and honed through her own experience as a celebrity chef, certified sommelier and four-time cookbook author, Chef Jamie Gwen will hand select the food from Bristol Farms for this custom created menu – and team with aspiring chef, Jack Witherspoon, to offer a one-of-a-kind cooking demonstration. Guests will enjoy a sumptuous gourmet dinner, accompanied by hors d’oeurves and wine pairings. S pecial T hanks :

Chef Jamie Gwen Chef Jack Witherspoon and The Witherspoon Family Bristol Farms


Ultimate Napa Getaway Take off in a private 12-passenger Challenger jet for a wine loverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dream weekend for six in the heart of the California wine country, featuring a 2-night stay for three couples at the exclusive Meadowood Napa Valley. Nestled into the breathtaking, 250-acre valley, Meadowood is reminiscent of a private estate in a bygone area. With beautiful architecture, diverse amenities and activities, and a professional staff that includes a tennis pro, golf pro, croquet pro, wine educator, and cultural affairs director, Meadowood has served as the preeminent wine country destination for discerning travelers to the region for more than 25 years. The winning couple and their guests will enjoy a half-day winery excursion with a Meadowood sommelier and visits to two exclusive wineries, including a private Joseph Phelps Vineyards VIP luncheon and high-end wine tasting featuring their flagship wine, INSIGNIA, and a selection of current wines. S pecial T hanks :

Mike & Tami Kahn Meadowood Resorts Joseph Phelps Vineyards

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