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The Roxy Grand Opening Benefit

The Roxy Grand Opening BenefitAfter an extensive remodel, iconic North County restaurant The Roxy Encinitas will celebrate its official grand opening with a special event to benefit the Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center and The Seany Foundation on Tuesday, June 13, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Famous for its falafel burgers, The Roxy has been a fixture in the Encinitas community since opening in 1978 at 517 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, 92024.  In recent months, the restaurant’s premises have been remodeled in the jazz and art deco style of the 1920s. The Roxy has also expanded its food and beverage offerings and now offers live music nightly, as well as weekend brunch.

The June 13 grand opening will be an all-ages event and open to the public. Guests can enjoy a red carpet entrance, silent auction, hosted hors d’oeuvres and live music.

All sales proceeds from the event will benefit Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center and The Seany Foundation. In addition, The Roxy’s wait staff and musicians will donate their tips for the evening to these organizations, and donations from guests will be requested at the door.

Reservations are not needed and more information is available by calling 760-230-2899.

Encinitas resident and Roxy owner Paula Vrakas wanted to give back to the community and benefit the recently announced Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center, as her father, Dan Vrakas, was successfully treated for prostate cancer at the Scripps Proton Therapy Center.

In August, Scripps announced a partnership with the nation’s No. 1-ranked cancer care provider, MD Anderson Cancer Center, to create a comprehensive and clinically integrated cancer care program in San Diego. Work to establish the Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center is now under way, and the program will be developed during the coming months.

The Seany Foundation is a San Diego-based nonprofit organization that offers various programs to enhance the quality of life for children and families coping with cancer. Its largest program, Seany’s Camp Reach for the Sky, is an award-winning summer camp and lifelong support network for kids with cancer, their siblings, and families with a parent going through cancer, or who are bereaved. The program has served more than 18,000 campers, spanning three decades.


Sean Lewis Robins founded The Seany Foundation in 2005 as he battled his own cancer. Sean fought Ewing sarcoma (a rare bone cancer) for nearly seven years, until his death in 2006. He was just 22. The Seany Foundation is Sean’s legacy and continues to work to improve the lives of children, teens, and young adults affected by cancer. For more information, visit theseanyfoundation.org


Founded in 1924 by philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps, Scripps Health is a nonprofit integrated health care delivery system based in San Diego, Calif. Scripps treats more than 700,000 patients annually through the dedication of 3,000 affiliated physicians and more than 15,000 employees among its five acute-care hospital campuses, hospice and home health care services, 27 outpatient centers and clinics, and hundreds of affiliated physician offices throughout the region.

Recognized as a leader in disease and injury prevention, diagnosis and treatment, Scripps is also at the forefront of clinical research, genomic medicine and wireless health care.  With three highly respected graduate medical education programs, Scripps is a longstanding member of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Scripps has been ranked five times as one of the nation’s best health care systems by Truven Health Analytics. Its hospitals are consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the nation’s best and Scripps is regularly recognized by Fortune, Working Mother magazine and AARP as one of the best places in the nation to work. More information can be found at www.scripps.org.