More than 450 San Diegans expected to attend “Screens, Genes & The Choices We Make” presented by Bank of America to learn about the latest innovations in breast cancer research, treatment and well-being

Attendees will also hear from Emmy® Award-Winning Journalist and Brain Tumor Survivor, Maria Menounos on her challenges and experiences with cancer

On March 14, Susan G. Komen® San Diego (Komen San Diego) will bring together leading cancer and wellness experts from around the globe to share the latest developments in breast cancer research, treatment and well-being at its much-anticipated fourth annual dinner symposium, “Screens, Genes & The Choices We Make” presented by Bank of America. The event will take place at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit Komen San Diego, the County’s largest funder of free breast cancer services and support and the only organization providing qualified women the free services they need for every step of the breast cancer journey. Emmy® award-winning journalist, brain tumor survivor and The New York Times bestselling author, Maria Menounos, will host the interactive, casual and cutting-edge event.

Menounos holds the distinct honor of conducting the only interview with the entire Obama family. The interview was touted by ABC News as one of the defining moments leading to Obama’s historic victory. Her groundbreaking conversational style of reporting led her, at the age of 22, to become the youngest person ever to host Entertainment Tonight. Menounos would go on to do the same for the Today Show, Nightly News, Dateline and Access Hollywood. She has also held sit down interviews with every U.S. President since George Bush and has traveled the globe, covering everything from the war in Afghanistan to earthquakes in El Salvador to the AIDS crisis in South Africa. While at Entertainment Tonight, Menounos hosted ET on MTV and ET on VH-1, both of which soared to number one weekend ratings on their respective networks, and recently was the host of E! News where she did the same. In addition to her award-winning journalism career, she is also the CEO and co-founder of one of the largest digital broadcast networks worldwide, AfterBuzz TV. Menounos is also a well-known TV and movie actress, and SiriusXM host. Her SiriusXM show, “Conversations with Maria Menounos” podcast edition is available on iTunes.

Menounos has also overcome significant personal challenges. Just months after her mother was diagnosed with stage IV brain cancer, Menounos was also diagnosed with a brain tumor. She endured a difficult operation and recovery, and thankfully the tumor was benign.

The engaging and upbeat evening will include personal stories from those impacted by breast cancer and updates on the latest breakthroughs in breast cancer science. Past attendees include business leaders in San Diego’s biotech and life science industries, executive level hospital administrators, healthcare and wellness professionals, medical professionals, local philanthropists, elected officials, and people whose lives have been impacted by or are passionate about the fight against breast cancer. In March 2017, the third annual “Screens, Genes & The Choice We Make” symposium kicked off a successful fundraising year for the nonprofit with more than 350 attendees bringing in $210,000 toward breast health research, services and support. Aside from Race for the Cure, this is Komen San Diego’s largest fundraising event.

“We’re thrilled to once again come together to not only raise critical funds, but also learn about the progress in the fight against breast cancer,” said Shaina Gross, president and CEO, Komen San Diego. “There will be nothing ‘stuffy’ about this event as it is meant to be a candid and real conversation about the latest and greatest advancements in breast health research. It will be a fun-filled night of inspiration and continued commitment to all San Diegans facing breast cancer.”

“For nearly a decade, Bank of America has been a proud sponsor of Komen San Diego’s efforts to put an end to breast cancer,” said Rick Bregman, Bank of America, San Diego market president. “The bank and our employees support Komen’s mission in a variety of ways, from volunteerism and fundraising to educational outreach and the advocacy around education and resources for breast cancer patients and families. We’re excited to be part of this event.”

Event: Susan G. Komen San Diego’s “Screens, Genes & The Choices We Make” presented by Bank of America
Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Hilton San Diego Bayfront, 1 Park Blvd., San Diego, Calif. 92101
Tickets: Ticket – $200 per person; Table – $2,000
Registration/Website: http://www.komensandiego.org/sgk_events/screens/

Sponsors for Susan G. Komen San Diego’s “Screens, Genes & The Choices We Make” include:
Presenting sponsor: Bank of America
Gold sponsor: Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Silver Sponsor: Ace Parking Management Inc.
Bronze Sponsor: Business Complete Solutions
Media Partner: KPBS
Copper Sponsor: Torrey Pines Bank
Print Sponsor: Allegra

For additional information about “Screens, Genes & The Choices We Make,” click here. Sponsorships are available. For more information, contact Judi Steadman at 858-573-2760 x 107 or judi@sdkomen.org.

Media Contacts:
Suzy Garcia / Arika Daniels
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m. 702-883-2077 / 949-338-6672
o. 619-232-0222
suzy@scatenadaniels.com / arika@scatenadaniels.com

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