On April 25, Sanford-Burnham hosted its fifth annual Bring It! event, the Institute’s spring fundraiser to benefit stem cell research. More than 200 guests attended the camp-themed affair which took place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
The evening began with a lively reception to get our guests into the camping spirit: They sang along to campfire songs and tested their skills at beer and wine toss games. They then enjoyed dinner and a warm welcome from the event’s co-chairs, Stath and Terry Karras, along with former San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders and his wife Rana Sampson who geared up the crowd for a night of friendly competition. Before the camp games began, guests participated in a live auction and “fund-a-need” drive where bid paddles were raised to support our stem cell research to tackle diseases like diabetes, Alzheimer’s, ALS, brain tumors, and heart disease, as well as spinal cord and brain injuries.
Finally, guests from each table were invited to participate in six rounds of interactive challenges, where they showcased their camping expertise in fishing, hiking, and scavenger hunting. The night proved to incite a uniquely “un-gala” energy that carried with it the promise of furthering medical research.
The campers also heard from Robert Wechsler-Reya, Ph.D., professor and director of the Tumor Development Program in Sanford-Burnham’s NCI-designated Cancer Center, who offered a reflection on his laboratory and their efforts to study the relationship between brain development and brain tumor formation. Additionally, Pamela Itkin-Ansari, Ph.D., adjunct assistant professor in our Del E. Webb Center for Neuroscience, Aging, and Stem Cell Research discussed her work studying the signaling pathways controlling growth and differentiation in the human pancreas and touched upon her first-hand experience working with patients with type 1 (juvenile) diabetes.
Learn more about Sanford-Burnham’s Stem Cell Research Center.
Camp Bring It! would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors: Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Lisa & Steve Altman, Bernstein Global Wealth Management, Malin & Roberta Burnham, CONNECT, Cooley, Creative Fusion, Cruzan Monroe, Cuatro Cuatros Winery, Cushman & Wakefield, San Diego Regional EDC, DLA Piper, Marleigh & Alan Gleicher, Jeanne & Gary Herberger, Terry & Stath Karras, Life Technologies, Mintz Levin, NAIOP, Eric Northbrook, Pegasus Building Services, Erin & Peter J. Preuss, Sempra Energy, Underground Elephant, and Willis Insurance Services.