Hope for a Cure Receives Donation from Society for Marketing Professional Services

Coronado resident, and founding board member of Hope for a Cure Foundation, Olga Bastiaannet, shared with the Coronado Times that a generous donation was recently received, as they are the charity partner for the Society for Marketing Professional Services 2017 golf tournament.

Pictured, L to R: Matt Liedle, Olga Bastiaannet, Maryjo Highland, Renae Farley
​Accepting Donation from SMPS San Diego, 8/24/17

On August 24, 2017, SMPS San Diego’s Charity Partner, Hope for a Cure Foundation,received their check in the amount of $8,000 at the Member Appreciation year-end party at Fireside Patio, located in Liberty Station. The check represented partial proceeds from SMPS San Diego’s very successful Golf Tournament that took place in June.


Hope for a Cure Foundation (HFAC) is a small, local organization whose mission is to passionately advocate for San Diego area researchers/physicians who need extra equipment to adequately conduct their cancer research. Since 2004, they have donated over 17 pieces of state-of-the-art equipment for influential researchers at UCSD Medical Center, Salk Institute, Burnham Institute and Sidney Kimmel Institute, among others. HFAC purchases the equipment directly from the manufacturers.

SMPS San Diego’s 2017 donation benefited Dr. Jason K. Sicklick, a physician, researcher, and professor at UCSD Medical Center, who needed a benchtop instrument for his clinical lab. The “Dissociator” equipment separates tissues into single-cell suspensions for his clinical research on gastrointestinal and liver caners. The equipment will benefit other UCSD labs as well.

HFAC is unique in that all of the money raised goes directly to the equipment purchases. The Board is made up of volunteers who all have busy careers in various industries. SMPS San Diego is proud to support such a worthy cause.

SMPS, a national organization, is a community of marketing and business development professionals working to secure profitable business relationships for their Architecture/Engineering/Construction companies. Their mission is to advocate for, educate and connect leaders in the building industry.


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Originally from upstate New York, Dani Schwartz has lived in Coronado since 1996. She is thrilled to call Coronado home and raise her two children here. In her free time enjoys hitting the gym, reading, and walking her dog around the “island.”Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: manager@coronadotimes.com