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The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara (CscVvsb) will hold its annual “Faces of Hope” Celebration of Life Gala on Friday, May 1 at the Four Seasons Hotel, Westlake Village from 6:00 p.m. until midnight. One of the biggest fundraisers of the year for the organization, the gala features a a live auction with big-ticket items, plus the Celebration of Life awards ceremony, dinner, and entertainment from The Extras and Luis Villegas. Join celebrity guest Gregory Harrison, emcee Gary Bryan of KEARTH101, and fellow community members making a difference for people affected by cancer. Proceeds from the gala will fund the support groups, classes, and educational and social events offered by CscVvsb.

The Gala committee has been working hard to find the following unique and unforgettable auction lots. Join us on May 1 and have fun bidding on these once in a lifetime opportunities, for a great cause!



auctionblog-tigersquadronUSEThe sweet roar of radial engines and Tiger Squadron’s skilled pilots and vintage warbirds will thrill your audience! Tiger Squadron is a precision FORMATION FLYING TEAM based in Southern California. The flyover will consist of 3 or 4 aircraft with displays. Plan on 3 or 4 passes overhead!! Example outdoor events: graduations, celebrations, sports games, parades, family reunions, weddings, motorsports gatherings, memorials, beach parties!


AuctionBlogArohaPersonalized Dinner in Your Home. Chef Thomas, award winning chef and co-owner of Aroha New Zealand Cuisine Restaurant in Westlake Village, will prepare and serve a multi-course dinner in your home. You will enjoy fresh New Zealand Cuisine with a hint of molecular gastronomy. Each course will be expertly paired with delicious New Zealand wines. See Chef Thomas at work here.



auctionblogupupUSEOne-Hour Interactive Private Air Tour for Two. Two of you will take off from the Camarillo Airport and enjoy a one-hour flight over Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands. The pilots will talk with you about the beautiful sights. Included are private ground tours of The China Doll and Sky Siren and lunch with the pilots at the highly-rated Way Pointe Café.



auctionblognycSpend 8-days/7-nights exploring New York from this lovely one-bedroom apartment. The location says it all – easy access to the best of town, whether it’s uptown, midtown or downtown! The flat is in a pre-war building with a doorman and has a one bedroom with a queen-sized bed. There is a queen-size sleeper couch in the living room. Includes parking at Wally Park near LAX.



auctionblogrivercruiseSeven nights on a luxury “Christmas Market” River Cruise in Europe. From AMA Waterways, a seven-night Luxury River Cruise for Two on a Christmas Market cruise in 2015 or 2016 sailing on the Danube or the Rhine River. AMA Waterways has the highest rated ships in Europe and offers an unparalleled river cruise experience.  With innovative ship designs, spacious and stylish staterooms, premium amenities, exceptional cuisine and impeccable service. Includes parking near LAX at Wally Park. More information on AmaWaterways here.



auctionblogparkcityThe Park Regency beckons you to visit the white powder of Park City’s legendary ski slopes. The resort is situated near best ski areas and within walking distance to local restaurants and shopping. One bedroom, one bathroom condominium with fireplace and fully equipped kitchen.




auctionblogcortonaSeven-Night Stay in Casa Pontormo, Cortona, Italy. Cases Pontormo is an enchanting two-bedroom, two and a half bath home very close to downtown Cortona, just a few minutes off one of the main commercial streets. Cortona is the jewel of medieval Tuscan hill towns. It is ideally situated two hours north of Rome and one and a half hours south of Florence. Cortona is well known as being home to a bestselling book and movie, “Under the Tuscna Sun.”




REO Speedwagon signedEpiphone DOT Studio Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar: American rock band, REO Speedwagon, is currently on their 2015 National Concert Tour.  The entire band signed this guitar and photograph, just before they left on tour.



Gala Auction Eddie MoneyAcoustic Guitar signed by Eddie Money: Eddie Money is a rock guitarist, saxophonist, and singer-songwriter.  He charted such singles as “Two Tickets to Paradise,”  “Baby Hold On,” and “Take Me Home Tonight.”



GalaAuctionRockHighRock and Roll High Volt Guitar: Designed by a music educator, this very special and very cool looking guitar has a color-coded design to help kids learn to play the guitar.  The lightning bolt shape allows for better balance, and the guitar is lighter than other children’s guitars, making it perfect for the budding rock star.




auctionblogbigbearSPECTACULAR VIEWS! Spend 4 days/3 nights in a magnificent 5,000 square foot home located on one of the highest residential points in Big Bear’s prestigious Castle Glen Estates. Breathtaking panoramic lake and ski slope views with two 600 sq. foot patio decks.
There are five bedrooms (2 are master suites) and five 1/2 bathrooms, including a bunk bed game room for kids. A massive great room includes gourmet kitchen and dining room. There is an entertainment room with pool table, flat screen TV, Wireless Internet, wet bar, and a bubbling hot springs spa just outside the door waiting for your enjoyment.



auctionblogfourseasons“The Four Seasons Westlake is a unique blend of luxury and personal touches that make it feel more like a boutique hotel than the actual large and multi experience property that it is. The staff goes out of its way to make you feel welcome and accommodated in every detail.”

Your one night stay includes: One night Deluxe View Accommodation, Breakfast for two, two 50- minute spa treatment for 2 people (tranquility massage or organic facial), Dinner for two in Onyx, Valet Parking.


SO CAL at its BEST!

auctionblogsocalWe have an eclectic Southern California experience which includes:

Sporting events: tickets for the LA Dodgers, Lakers, Kings, Angels, autographed books: “Once They Were Angels,” and “The Perfect Pitch.”

Fun: 4 unlimited ride wristbands at Pacific Park, 4 One-Day Park Hopper Tickets to DISNEYLAND, $150 to spend at Muvico, Wine Tasting at Sunland Vintage Winery, and 10 certificates for In-n-Out Burger along with a chef’s hat, a collectible t-shirt, and an In-in-Out beach towel.


Volunteer Spotlight: Beatrice Verdi and Phil Kuchinka

Bea-Phil-OxnardFormer bandmates and longtime friends Beatrice Verdi and Phil Kuchinka are the Cancer Support Community’s musical dynamic duo, bringing the healing gift of song to our karaoke events for several years. “For someone dealing with cancer, the ability to forget about your stresses for a little while and live in the moment is such a gift,” says CscVvsb President Jim Campbell. “That is what Bea and Phil bring every time they visit us.”

Beatrice brings her beautiful voice and contagious cheer and encourages everyone, even the shy ones, to join the fun. Phil’s willingness to transport and operate his high-quality karaoke equipment allows people to choose any song they want for their own rock star experience.

Bea-WLV-2“Each time I visit, I meet someone new who amazes me with their kindness and courage,” says Phil, whose mother is currently fighting breast cancer.

Beatrice wanted to help the Cancer Support Community after losing her mother and sister to breast cancer more than fifteen years ago. When she stopped by to visit, she could feel the spirit of her mother, a singer and songwriter, urging her to bring music to the organization. She offered her time and talents, encouraged Phil to join, and that turned into the popular karaoke events.

During their time volunteering, Beatrice and Phil have made friendships and gotten to know many CscVvsb members and staff, including VP of Programs Jody Tompkins and Program Assistant Kaley Moore. “I am so thankful for the love and support of Jody and Kaley. They are so wonderful,” says Beatrice. Bea-Oxnard-1

Growing up, Beatrice always wanted to follow in her mother’s musical footsteps. She sang in church choirs where her mother was the organist, and to this day she performs with her band in casinos, summer festivals, and community organizations like CscVvsb and the VA Hospital. Phil is also a supporter of the Relay for Life event in Moorpark and the Special Olympics.

Beatrice and Phil have entertained Cancer Support Community members at several years’ worth of events, including Kids Circle Ice Cream Socials, Oktoberfest, and Karaoke Nights. Most recently they hosted a Karaoke Ice Cream Social for the Bilingual Kids Circle group at St. John’s Hospital. You can view photos here. “Every time I do karaoke with the Kids Circle group, I see them come out of their shells, express themselves, and get their minds off anything that’s negative or sad,” says Beatrice. “I wish I could do it every day of my life, just to see them shine.”