The Riviera Luncheon

Join us at the American Cancer Society Riviera Luncheon on Saturday, September 20th for a one-of-a-kind evening, featuring great food, dancing, a spectacular auction, and much more. With your support, the American Cancer Society saves lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back against cancer. More details coming soon!

Auction Items

Check back soon for more information about our fabulous silent auction items!

Are you interested in donating an auction item this year? If so, please contact Deb Jeffers: Deb.Jeffers@cancer.org.

Child Survivor Honoree

Eliana Georges

Eliana has been battling brain cancer since she was 4.5 months old.  She had to undergo a second brain surgery to remove new growth. The surgery was successful and went smooth until Eliana was taken to the E.R. at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for headache, dizziness and vomiting. She was given a CT scan where they found slight fluid increase in her brain from her past surgery. She was then transported via ambulance to Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles so she could be with her team of doctors. By the next morning she was fighting for her life in the ICU and after a few hours were told she wouldn’t make it through the day. But little did they know how much fight Eliana really had! Later that evening, the doctors said she was stable! Eliana remained at the hospital for a longer period of time where more tests were performed. Her strong and loving parents sat by her side day in and day out.  After a recent scan, the Georges family was very relieved to hear the words “She has just a bit of scar tissue.” After years of battling as an infant and pain and suffering a child should never have to face, The Georges family celebrate being team #Elianastrong.

MEDICAL HONOREE

Dr. Tamir H. Keshen

 

Dr. Tamir H. Keshen arrived in Santa Barbara from St. Louis in 2007 with the vision of developing a top-notch, comprehensive Pediatric Surgical program to care for all the children of the Central Coast. He has established services at Ventura County Medical Center, Community Memorial Hospital of Ventura, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, and Marian Regional Medical Center. He is board-certified in both Pediatric Surgery and General Surgery. His surgical interests include advanced minimally-invasive surgery for thoracic and abdominal diseases of the newborn, infants, and children as well as surgical oncology and trauma.

Dr. Keshen received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English at the University of Virginia and earned his medical degree from New York Medical College. He completed his General Surgery residency at the University of Iowa, during which time he completed a two year NIH–sponsored postdoctoral fellowship in neonatal metabolism and nutrition at the Children’s Nutrition Research Center USDA/URS in Houston. He then completed his Pediatric Surgery fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Alabama at the University of Alabama.

In 2002, he joined his wife, Roberta Sengelmann, MD, in St. Louis as faculty at Washington University School of Medicine. He served as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Surgery and Director of Pediatric Minimally-invasive Surgery at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. His research focused on lipid metabolism and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in obese adolescents.

Dr. Keshen has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and is an active member of the American College of Surgeons Southern California Section, American Academy of Pediatrics, International Pediatric Endoscopic Group, Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons and serves on several committees of the American Pediatric Surgical Association.

CANCER RESEARCH SPEAKER

Dr. Joseph Campanale

 

Dr. Joseph Campanale earned dual B.S. degrees in Biology and Microbiology, and a M.S. degree in Biological Sciences from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, before completing his doctoral research as an EPA STAR and NIH Predoctoral Fellow at the University of California San Diego at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Dr. Campanale joined the lab of Dr. Denise Montell at UCSB in 2015 and in 2017 was awarded an ACS Postdoctoral Fellowship. His work seeks to uncover fundamental properties of cells that have molecular and behavioral characteristics similar to those used by carcinomas. As an ACS Scholar, Dr. Campanale uses the fruit fly ovary to identify principles governing collective cell dissemination possibly contributing to metastasis. He is a graduate of the Embryology Course at Marine Biological Laboratories, was named the Young Investigator of Year at the FEBS International Meeting on ABC transporters in 2012 and won the Keith and Marion Moore publication prize in 2015.

Volunteers

 

Our event would not be possible without dedicated volunteers giving generously of their time and talent. We’re always in need of additional volunteers; please review the list below to see if one of opportunities is right for you! To sign up as a volunteer, please  email Deb Jeffers at Deb.Jeffers@cancer.org.

Registration Attendant

  • Description: Check in guests, assist guests through the registration process, answer questions, and report on any issues
  • Qualifications: A fun upbeat attitude, with a winning smile and strong organizational skills.

 

Silent Auction Attendant

  • Description: Set up silent auction packages, decorate silent auction tables, assist bidders, report on bidding status, and assist guests with checking-out purchases
  • Qualifications: A love of decorating and a desire to help others make exciting purchases.

 

Raffle Ticket Sales

  • Description: Sell raffle tickets – engage guests and explain the exciting opportunity
  • Qualifications: Great people skills and comfortable approaching guests

 

Activities Attendant

  • Description: Preside over games, check in guests to participate, and set up gaming area
  • Qualifications: An ability to excite and support a small crowd of competitors, while tracking scores and participation

Greeter

  • Description: Greet all guests as they arrive, answer their questions, and provide direction
  • Qualifications: Upbeat attitude and a warm, approachable personality

 

Live Auction Spotter

  • Description: Jump into the action during our exciting live auction by assisting the auctioneer with spotting bids
  • Qualifications: A good eye, a clear voice, and an ability to enthuse a crowd

 

Checkout Attendant

  • Description: Compute purchases and generate invoices for winning bidders, operate software to keep the live and silent auctions updated throughout the evening
  • Qualifications: Computer skills, database software experience preferred, but not required. Attendance at a volunteer computer training event is required.

 

Redemption Attendant

  • Description: Deliver auction items to winning bidders, may include transporting items to their car.
  • Qualifications: Great people skills and ability to lift 40 pounds.