Susan G. Komen San Diego’s More Than Pink Annual Dinner

Thurs., April 11, 2019 | 5:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. | Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine

Pink is important and, if you ask us, there’s not enough pink as long as 41,000 women and men continue to die each year in the U.S. from breast cancer. However, pink is more than just a color; it represents the impact that each person is making in the fight against the most frequently diagnosed cancer worldwide.

Our Annual Dinner will be held on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine.  We will bring together over 350 attendees demonstrating what it means to be More Than Pink. Attendees will 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.


What’s new for 2019?

The More Than Pink Dinner will begin with an exciting and interactive cocktail reception showcasing the latest breakthroughs and updates in breast cancer research and treatments, our pink pop-up shop to ensure everyone has their pink for the evening, and opportunities to bid on exclusive experiences and items. 

The Program

Our program will showcase Marti Emerald, former City Councilwoman and breast cancer survivor, interviewing Lilian Vanvieldt-Gray, Komen San Diego’s honorary breast cancer survivor and her physician, Dr. Siavash Jabbari, Medical Director at Sharp’s Amtower Cancer Institute.  Guests will have the opportunity to walk through a survivor’s journey, while getting the unique dual perspective of both patient and physician.


Marti Emerald, Moderator

Former City Councilwoman, Broadcaster & Breast Cancer Survivor

Marti has an impressive track record as an award-winning broadcast journalist –with more than 100 awards under her belt for community service and excellence in journalism.


Lilian A. Vanvieldt-Gray

Komen San Diego’s Honorary Breast Cancer Survivor 

Lilian and her husband, Douglas Gray, are our power couple of the year. Together they have turned their journey into a public platform to educate the African American community on breast cancer and raise critical funds for patients in San Diego.


Dr. Siavash Jabbari

Radiation Oncology Director, Laurel Amtower Neuro-Oncology Program & Cancer Institute

Named one of San Diego Magazine’s “Top Doctor-Physicians of Exceptional Excellence,” in 2016, 2017 and 2018, Dr. Jabbari is a devoted advocate for public health and cancer patients.


Business cocktail with a pop of pink.






Merrilee & Mike Neal

Komen Partner:

Sharp Healthcare

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