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Hoefflin equals hope and help

Nonprofit: Event raises more than $200,000 for children’s cancer services

Posted: September 29, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: September 29, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Children with cancer who have benefited from the services of the Michael Hoefflin Foundation are introduced by Ed Lin, interim executive director of the Hoefflin Foundation, center, during the 18th annual Evening Under the Stars, held at Mann Biomedical Park in Valencia.

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It was a chilly Saturday night at the 18th annual Evening Under the Stars, but the generosity of the more than 600 attendees warmed the heart of the founders, volunteers and staff of the Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Children’s Cancer. The event was held at the Mann Biomedical Park in Valencia.

“We’re very happy with the turnout and  it looks like we made more money this year than last. That money will go directly to help support families with cancer here in the Santa Clarita Valley,” said Ed Lin, interim executive director of the Hoefflin Foundation. “It is gratifying to see people expressing their confidence in the organization.”

The touching evening included the introduction of the Hoefflin Heroes, children who have, or have battle cancer.

Those introduced on stage included: William Wofford, 5; Isiuwa Aimiuwu, 6; Nathan Castillo, 7; Abigail Ruano, 8; Tyler Cordova, 9; Justine Caranto, 16; Brittany Magno, 16; Nathan Crookston, 18; Breanna Pflaumer 20; Trevor Baer, 21; and Ashley Porter, 21.

Chris and Sue Hoefflin, founders of the Hoefflin Foundation, awarded scholarships to Jonathan Alvarez, 19; Christina Dooley, 18; Carlene Hadden ,18; Mark Jackson, 19; and Britney Hernandez, 20.

The event offered more than 450 live- and silent-auction items. Among the most sought after were the 9-week-old Yorkie puppy purchased with a winning bid of $1,600 by Brenda Neilson of The Bank of Santa Clarita.

“We’ve been talking about getting a small dog,” she said. “I said, ‘I’m going to come home with a dog.’”

In addition to a moving video presentation featuring staff and families of the foundation, Brittany Magno, 16, spoke of her own experience with cancer. Guests dabbed their eyes and some wept openly as Magno spoke of her battle.

Entertainment for the evening was provided by Louis Price, formerly the lead singer of The Temptations.

SCV resident Rick Garcia, anchor CBS2 News and co-anchor of KCAL news, served as master of ceremonies.

“The Hoefflin Foundation is an organization I’m really proud of,” Garcia said.

Julie Benson, vice president public relations of Princess Cruises, served as this year’s event chairwoman.

“This event is all about helping families and children with pediatric cancer,” she said.

mbuttelman@the-signal.com

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