Ann Romney to speak at benefit for medical research

Ann Romney will be the keynote speaker at the “Visions of Success – From Research to Reality,” High Tea, 2-4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9 at the Grand Del Mar. The benefit, underwritten by Title Sponsor Douglas Manchester, will raise funds to bolster research for The Vision of Children Foundation’s vision research, as well as the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer research in San Diego County.

Honorary Chairs are cancer survivors Susie Spanos and Bill Griffith of 10 News, along with Co-Chairs Vivian Hardage and Wanda Garner. Kimberly Hunt and Griffith will serve as event emcees.

Romney, a breast cancer survivor and health advocate, will address the critical need for medical research to cure breast cancer and vision disorders in children. Recent cancer research has resulted in a 93 percent survival rate for early detection of breast cancer; however, the survival rate for patients with certain rare and aggressive breast cancers is less than 50 percent over five years.

Breast cancer strikes one out of every eight women in San Diego and has personally impacted the Hardage family. Vivian has battled breast cancer three times, including a rare and aggressive form, and is currently in remission. Vivian and her husband, Sam Hardage, founded The Vision of Children Foundation in 1991, to fund research to discover a cure for childhood blindness and vision disorders.

Wanda Garner, cancer workshop facilitator and fundraiser, and her husband, biotech leader, Cam Garner, are also supporters of medical research efforts in San Diego.

The “Visions of Success – From Research to Reality” event will begin at 1 p.m. with a private VIP reception with Romney for event sponsors only, followed by her keynote speech, High Tea, fashion show and live auction. Tickets are $250 preferred seating and $125 per ticket for standard seating.

To buy tickets or become a sponsor, call Andria Kinnear at (858) 314-7917 or e-mail or go to

Note: Event attendees and non-attendees can enter a raffle to win a new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, donated by Midway Jeep Chrysler Dodge and Ram. The prize includes use of a vacation home in Big Bear for one week and a carload of toys. The cost is $100 per ticket and only 3,000 tickets will be sold by phone at (858) 314-7927 until Dec. 5, and in person until Dec. 9 at the High Tea. The winner will be announced at the event and need not to be present to win.