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Key for a Cure continues its fight against pediatric cancer by holding circus-themed fundraising gala

Sept. 14 event at Corral de Tierra Country Club earmarks $10,000 for Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services



Every child holds dreams and aspirations, but not every child has the chance to fulfill them due to the devastation of pediatric cancer. Join Key for a Cure Foundation’s efforts by attending A Million Dreams Gala on Saturday, Sept. 14, 5:30-10 p.m. at Corral de Tierra Country Club in Salinas.

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Since its inception in 2015, Key for a Cure has given more than $500,000 toward St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s T cell-based immunotherapy research. The 2019 Gala has earmarked $10,000 toward this year’s recipient, Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services, a nonprofit that provides family-centered care around emotional, practical and financial struggles.

Dan This year’s gala features a circus theme, and will include some breathtaking performances with fire and acrobatics. Coleen McMahon will perform the song, “A Million Dreams.” Emceed by Dan Green, anchor KSBW Action News 8, the gala promises to be a memorable evening of amazing live performances, gourmet food, fine wine and warm hearts.

The black tie optional affair commences with a hosted cocktail reception from 5:30-6:30 p.m., with music from David Conley from the famous Sardine Factory, followed by an elegant dinner, spectacular live auction and award-winning entertainment.

Celebrity auctioneer Carla Gianolini Harrison will auction off the following items: luxurious Punta Mita, Mexico, Villa Beach House; Louis Vuitton travel tote bag and suitcase; Cartier watch; two VIP floor seats for the 2020 Golden State Warriors in the team’s new Chase Center in San Francisco; Memphis getaway/Peabody Hotel package; and more.

Premier sponsorships are available. Individual gala tickets are priced at $225 and can be purchased through Eventbrite (Key for a Cure Gala).

For more ticket and/or donation information, please call Anne Chisum (831.206.1357) or Liz Grijalva (831.241.3990).

About Key for a Cure Foundation: Formed in 2015, the nonprofit Key For A Cure raises funds to directly support research that will lead to more effective treatments for children with cancer. Managed by all volunteers, Key for a Cure is committed to effective philanthropy that produces tangible results. Not one penny is spent on excessive marketing costs, salaries, flights, meals, hotels, or other costs often associated with “mega-charities.”

About Coleen McMahon: Coleen McMahon is a Beaverton, Oregon native; singer/songwriter recording artist with a very unique sound and style. She started playing the piano by the age of 5, and was composing songs by the time she was 12.

“To this day, something happens inside of me when I am on stage or sitting at a piano writing and singing,” Coleen explains. “The only way to describe it, is being completely aligned with my purpose; like this is where I am supposed to live and die, right here. Knowing that you are connecting to people at that moment and creating an energetic relationship is a beautiful thing.

Most recently, Coleen co-wrote the main trailer theme song for the new James Cameron movie, “Alita.” Additionally, she recently co-wrote and sang a remake of “Renegade” for the hit TV show “Shades Of Blue,” starring Jennifer Lopez. She also co-wrote the theme song, “Note to Self” for the BET drama “Being Mary Jane,” starring Gabrielle Union, as well as a commercial for BET. Coleen’s voice and music has been featured on the NBC show “The Brave”, the feature film “Bridegroom,” the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), “Warner Chappell”, CBS, MTV, MSNBC, CNN, the feature film “Ostwind 2,” the film “Walking While Black,” the film “The Call,” a tribute for “Tarzan,” She has written for and worked with Sony, Universal, and Disney.

“To me, it is all about creating something out of my own interpretation of this world and expressing it in a way that can connect, promote love and ultimately, help the greater good of humanity.”