‘Holiday High Tea Event with Ann Romney’ to be held Dec. 9 at The Grand Del Mar


A “Holiday High Tea Event with Ann Romney” will be held on Monday, Dec. 9. at 2 p.m. (VIP reception for event sponsors at 1 p.m.) at The Grand Del Mar.

The event will benefit The Vision of Children Foundation and the American Cancer Society – Breast Cancer Research.

Romney, breast cancer survivor, health advocate and dedicated supporter of vision health, will speak about the critical need for medical research to cure breast cancer and vision diseases.

The event will also include a “Holiday High Tea,” live auction, opportunity drawing and informal modeling of holiday fashions (courtesy of Fashion Valley).

Event Committee Honorary Chairs: Susie Spanos and Bill Griffith; Committee Co-Chairs: Vivian Hardage and Wanda Garner; Emcees: Kimberly Hunt and Bill Griffith.

The Vision of Children Foundation, founded by Vivian and Sam Hardage, has funded research to discover a cure for childhood blindness and vision disorders since 1991. Breast cancer strikes one out of every eight women in San Diego and has personally impacted the Hardage, Spanos, and Griffith families. Vivian has battled breast cancer three times and is currently in remission. Recent cancer research has resulted in a 93 percent survival rate for early detection of breast cancer. However, the survival rate for patients with certain rare and aggressive breast cancers is less than 50 percent over five years.

Vivian’s “Vision of Success” is to raise funds supporting clinical research that is critical for improving these low survival rates and to support vision research to cure debilitating vision disorders and blindness. Event Co-Chair, Wanda Garner, cancer workshop facilitator and philanthropic fundraiser, and her husband, Biotech leader Cam Garner, are strong supporters of medical research efforts in San Diego. Proceeds from this event will be used to bolster research funding for Vision of Children and for American Cancer Society sponsored research on rare and aggressive breast cancers being conducted in San Diego County.

For 100 years, the American Cancer Society has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer.

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For more information, contact: Andria Kinnear at (858) 314-7917; Raffle: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo (donated by Midway Jeep Crysler Dodge & Ram) $100/raffle ticket; call (858) 314-7927 (Only 3,000 tickets available.)