Photo courtesy Susan G. Komen

On April 11, Susan G. Komen San Diego will bring together more than 350 survivors, supporters, community members, corporate leaders and a leading cancer expert at its fifth annual dinner. This year’s event will debut a new name, location and theme.

The More Than Pink Dinner will take place at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Proceeds from the fundraising dinner will benefit Komen San Diego, the only organization that provides direct services to patients, invests in critical research and advocates for change in Sacramento.

“Pink is more than a color. It represents the impact that each person is making in the fight against the most frequently diagnosed cancer worldwide,” said Shaina Gross, president and CEO, Komen San Diego. “This event motivates, inspires and shows us how San Diego is much more than pink.”

Leading breast cancer expert, Dr. Siavash Jabbari, radiation oncology director at the Laurel Amtower Neuro-Oncology Program & Cancer Institute and his patient, 2018 Honorary Breast Cancer Survivor, Lilian Vanvieldt-Gray will walk guests through a breast cancer journey, giving attendees the unique tandem perspective of patient and physician.

Also debuting this year will be an interactive cocktail reception featuring experiential art displays, a pink pop-up shop to ensure everyone is donning their pink for the evening, and opportunities to bid on exclusive experiences and items.

“The annual dinner serves as an opportunity to raise critical funds for breast cancer research and educate the community about the steps we’re taking toward finding a cure,” Gross said .

Former City Councilwoman and breast cancer survivor, Marti Emerald, will moderate the event. For nearly 30 years, Emerald distinguished herself as an investigative reporter and consumer advocate. She has been honored with more than 100 awards for community service and excellence in journalism. In 2008, she campaigned and earned a seat on the San Diego City Council where she served as chair of the Public Safety Committee during her eight years on the city council. Emerald retired in 2016 as the council’s president pro-tem.

Last year, the event raised more than $190,000 toward breast health research, services and support. Aside from the Race for the Cure, the More Than Pink Annual Dinner is Komen San Diego’s largest fundraising event.

The event will also honor individuals and organizations who have made a significant contribution in the fight against breast cancer.

Event honorees will include:


An individual or company who has made significant contributions in the fight against breast cancer.

  • INDIVIDUAL AWARD – Mary Jean Anderson – Anderson, Plumbing, Heating & Air
  • CORPORATE AWARD – Tavistock Group/Boxer Capital


Honoring Komen San Diego’s strongest advocates, innovative partners and committed volunteers.

 HONOREE – Plaza Home Mortgage


Event: Susan G. Komen San Diego’s “More Than Pink Annual Dinner”
Date: Thursday, April 11
Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

  • 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    • Interactive Reception featuring cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, shopping for a cause, photo booth, art and educational exhibits
  • 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    • Dinner, program and “Raise the Paddle” fundraising activity

Tickets: $200 per person; $2,000 for 10 guests


Dress: Business cocktail with a pop of pink

For additional information about the “More Than Pink Annual Dinner” click here. Sponsorships are available. For more information, contact Gabby Murrieta at or 858-573-2760 x 105.

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