Block party in Marina benefits breast cancer

Seventh renewal of event that last year raised $34K for Komen Foundation

Seven years ago, restaurant owner Eddie Savino’s sister Deborah signed up for a breast cancer fundraising walk. She had just moved to town and knew few people she could hit up for donations.

Her brother, the owner of the Brazen Head restaurant, decided to help raise money for the walk by hosting a block party near his Marina eatery.

“I would much rather give than receive,” Eddie Savino said. “Maybe I can build up karma points now.”

Fast forward seven years, and Savino’s at it again. Sunday marks the seventh fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and kickoff for the Sept. 24 Race for the Cure. The 5K event starts and ends in front of the Ferry Plaza on the Embarcadero. Those who haven’t entered yet can do so Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

Sunday’s event will include people walking on stilts and a casino tent, organizers said. Last year, the block party that features everything including live music, food, a silent auction and a raffle raised $34,000 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, said Maria Sousa, the foundation's affiliate executive director.

“It’s significant for us,” Sousa said. “It’s another way to support the race and the cause.”

That $34,000 translates to 272 mammogram exams, designed to prevent breast cancer, for low-income women, Sousa said. The foundation aims to eradicate breast cancer by advancing research, education, screening and treatment.

Sunday’s free block party in the 3100 block of Buchanan Street will offer something for everyone during the silent auction, Savino said.

There will be signed baseballs, hotel stays, gift certificates, signed jerseys, cases of wine, restaurant vouchers, leather bags, spa visits and art, the restaurant owner said.

“He has an incredible silent auction,” Sousa said.

Seventy-five percent of the money raised by the foundation serves women in the Bay Area, Sousa said.

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36. Through last year, the Komen Foundation, its affiliates and partners invested $630 million in breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment programs.

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