Families Gather for Snuggly Soiree Benefit at Getty Residence

March 28, 2012
News Office: Juliana Bunim (415) 502-6397

More than 300 guests gathered at the home of philanthropists Ann and Gordon Getty on Thursday, March 22, for the Glogau Teddy Bear Rescue Fund's annual Snuggly Soirée, benefiting patients and their families at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. The evening raised more than $200,000.

Guests of all ages were invited to the Getty home, where the atrium was transformed into a children's play land with teddy bears, gourmet teddy bear cookie decorating, arcade games and prizes, face painting, arts and crafts, balloon animals and child-friendly food including mini hamburgers, grilled cheese and milkshakes.

Throughout the rest of the main floor, adults enjoyed cocktails and passed hors d'oeuvres while visiting with special guests including Ann and Gordon Getty, MC Hammer, UCSF School of Medicine Dean Dr. Sam Hawgood and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Executive Director Kim Scurr.

"I have six kids so I understand the needs of families," said MC Hammer. "I had a premature baby six-and-a-half years ago and met a lot of families during that extended time in the hospital. It's so great to see events like this one focused on helping families and kids."

Bidders dueled on exclusive silent auction packages including VIP tickets to see Madonna in concert, a San Francisco Giants baseball package, and a shopping spree at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Sponsors of the event included Salesforce.com Foundation, Ravance Therapeutics, Pamala and Ted Deikel, Barbara and Thomas Wolfe, Deborah and Peter Magowan, Jacquelynn and Joshua Peeples, Shelley Lazar, Carole and Robert McNeil, Laurie and Bill Hake, Royal MotorSales and Towers Watson.

San Francisco dermatologist Dr. Richard Glogau and his wife, Pamela Baj Glogau, established the Glogau Teddy Bear Rescue Fund to provide support for pediatric patients and their families at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. The fund fills special needs that insurance and government funds cannot provide to help alleviate stress on patients and their families during critical hospitalization and long periods away from home. Funds are used for food, transportation, housing, medications, special medical equipment, interpreters and other needs identified on a case-by-case basis.

About UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital creates an environment where children and their families find compassionate care at the forefront of scientific discovery, with more than 150 experts in 50 medical specialties serving patients throughout Northern California and beyond. The hospital admits about 5,000 children each year, including 2,000 babies born in the hospital. For more information, visit www.ucsfbenioffchildrens.org.

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