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Philanthropy a cornerstone value for Jeffrey and Beth McCain, Rancho Santa Fe residents and owners of McCain, Inc.

When the gala committee for Stand Up for Rady Children’s Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, an Evening With Dana Carvey convened its first meeting last September, chief among its concerns was securing a title sponsor for its annual fundraising gala. Link

“Much as we enjoy hosting this must-attend event each year, we can only do it with the generous support of corporate sponsors,” said underwriting chair Shaunna Kahn. “And as much as we hope our supporters will return, each year we start at ground zero.”

It’s no secret: a wobbly economy has thwarted nonprofit fundraising efforts throughout the country during the past three years. So early last fall when Rancho Santa Fe residents Beth and Jeffrey McCain of McCain, Inc., longtime supporters of Rady Children’s, agreed to return as the event’s title sponsor, the committee was overjoyed.

“It springboards our efforts when a title sponsor comes forward early in the underwriting campaign,” said Kahn. “It motivates our committee and helps attract new sponsors as well.”

McCain, Inc. is a leading national manufacturer and supplier of traffic, parking and transit management systems and has been in business for 23 years. The privately held company employs over 400 throughout North America, including 120 at its recently completed LEED-certified manufacturing facility in Vista. Jeffrey McCain was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009.

The McCains have been Rancho Santa Fe residents for over 12 years and have been gala sponsors for six years. This is their third year as title sponsor. They celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary in Africa last May. Philanthropy is a cornerstone of their life together.

“We feel we are so blessed,” said Beth McCain. “We have so much. We feel a need to give it away.”

Beth has been a member of the Rancho Santa Fe Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary since 2003 and was a registered nurse for 10 years.

“Our draw to Rady Children’s is because we travel all over the world, and in our travels we see that the ones who suffer the most — poverty, illness, starvation — are children,” she said. “So we do work with children in Africa and counterbalance that with what we can do here at home.”

Now an interior designer with over 16 years experience, she uses her considerable talent for entertaining on a large scale by volunteering to coordinate the food and beverage with The Grand Del Mar staff for the Stand Up gala.

Unit members are also tasked with soliciting donations for the event’s silent and live auctions. Former Delicia’s chef Barry Layne, a longtime friend of the McCains, has been their personal chef for over eight years and a generous auction donor in the past. This year, his donation of a four-course dinner for ten is packaged as a dinner with sportscaster Dick Enberg, play-by-play announcer for the San Diego Padres.

The McCains also secured limousine service from La Costa Limo for the gala’s entertainer, Dana Carvey, and service for a 2011 VIP Grammy tickets package, which was sold in an online auction for $4,000.

“I would personally like to thank La Costa Limo for their standard of service, professionalism and support of Children’s Hospital,” said Beth McCain.

The McCains have three grown children and six grandchildren. Last spring, when their nine year-old grandson Tyler Todd was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the importance of supporting society’s most vulnerable members hit close to home.

“Because we did not have little ones at home any more, I had never stepped through the hospital doors,” she said. “But the minute we did, we new Tyler was in good hands. It was then that I realized the fruition of all those years of volunteer work for Children’s Hospital.”

One of the more remarkable cases at Rady’s, Tyler was in full remission within 14 days of beginning treatment. Tyler will be on a maintenance program for three years. He’s back in school and recently made the travel baseball team.

With the opening of the new Acute Care Pavilion last October, Rady Children’s became the largest children’s hospital in California. The LEED-certified building is home to the new Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, the state-of-the-art Warren Family Surgical Center, and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The entire second floor of the Pavilion is home to the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, including the Viterbi Family Outpatient Clinic. There are 38 private rooms along with advanced high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtration, which helps reduce the risk of infection for chemotherapy patients. The Center provides advanced treatments and specialized hematology services. It is the only place in San Diego County for pediatric bone marrow transplants. More than 25 stem cell transplants are performed each year.

Saturday, March 12, McCain, Inc. and the Rancho Santa Fe Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary will host Stand Up for Rady Children’s Peckham Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders, an Evening With Dana Carvey at The Grand Del Mar. The event includes silent and live auctions, an informal dinner atmosphere with a variety of food station selections to suit all tastes, and a performance by Saturday Night Live great Dana Carvey.

VIP Meet & Greet packages start at $15,000. Tickets are $1,000 per person for premium seating. A limited number of  $750 and $500 tickets are also available. Seating at all levels is limited. For tickets, call 858-414-6296.

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