Miracle Babies’ fourth annual Casino Royale

Miracle Babies’ fourth annual Casino Royale was held Aug. 10 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla.

Founded by Rancho Santa Fe’s Dr. Sean Daneshmand, Miracle Babies provides education, support, and financial assistance to families with newborns in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Every year, more than 500,000 babies are born prematurely. As overwhelmed families grapple with the terrifying uncertainties, they often find themselves faced with unexpected financial difficulties. Miracle Babies aims to lift the financial burdens of these families, so families can focus on one thing — the health of their newborn.

Casino Royale featured an elegant evening of delicious food, drinks, and Monte Carlo-style gaming. The event chair was Marjan Daneshmand, and her event committee included Valerie Robbins, Cristy Combs, Lola Green, Melanie Bird, Cris Alencar, Tracy McCotter, Stevie Younkin, Sarah Cox and Mona Hacker. Sponsors included Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns, David Smotrich, M.D., and John & Sarah Cox. Whitney Southwick of NBC served as emcee. Guests were also able to bid on a variety of silent and live auction packages. For more information, visit


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