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  • Monday, July 25, 2022 3:50 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    Over $165,000 Raised for Cancer Research by the California Self Storage Association and Its Members

    For immediate release July 22, 2022.

    Contact: Jackie Kurtz, 949-748-5916/jackie@kureit.org

    Kure It Cancer Research is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based out of Irvine, California. Kure It was started by US Storage Centers and Westport Properties founder, Barry Hoeven, after his own cancer diagnosis. The organization’s mission is to provide direct funding to support the brightest minds in translational research for underfunded cancers at leading cancer centers. With more than 90% of cancers being considered “underfunded,” Kure It provides research grants ranging from $50,000-$250,000 for researchers thinking outside the box with cutting edge projects and concepts. To date, Kure It has raised more than $12.6 million for cancer research and holds true to the belief, “Together We Can Eradicate Cancer”.

    As the charity of choice for the California Self Storage Association, Kure It has worked closely with the CSSA, partnering together to help raise money for these worthy causes. Over the years Kure It has been a participant at the CSSA’s annual conferences, both in Napa and Balboa, hosting various fundraising events and displaying their Round Up for Research program to owners and operators in the self-storage industry.

    During this year’s Balboa Owners Summit, Kure It took the stage at the conference and made an appeal to help award the next cancer research fund in the name of the California Self Storage Association. There was an overwhelming amount of support, with several owners standing up and making gifts on the spot. The event was a huge success with over $165,000 being raised during that quick ask. The pledges made that day will be added to funds from the 2021 events along with the CSSA Napa Conference to award a cancer research grant at a Comprehensive Cancer Center in California in honor of the CSSA and its members.

    Kure It would like to recognize those that stood up and pledged their support to make this new research grant possible.

    Platinum Sponsors, $25,000-$50,000

    Ken & Athelia Woolley, Extra Space


    Gold Sponsors, $10,000-$24,999:

    Brian and Denise Caster, Caster Properties

    Robert Chiti, OpenTech Alliance

    Steve Clark, Stephen Clark and Bob Baker, Clark Investment Group

    Pam Domingue, Storage Solution

    Joanne and Denny Geiler, So Cal Self Storage

    Bill Hobin, StoreQuest

    Drew Hoeven, Westport Properties

    Michael Schwatrz, SmartShop

    Nick Walker, CBRE


    Silver Sponsors, $5,000-9,999:

    Talonvest Capital


    Partner Sponsors, $1,000-$2,499:

    Karen Branson, Branson & Branson

    David Brett, David Brett Co

    Alex Meshechok, York RE Captial

    Chuck Mills, CEM Capital

    Kenneth Nitzberg, Devon Self Storage

    Marc and Laurie Smith, Personal Mini Storage

    Shannon Tarnutzer, Allspace Storage

    Peter Watson, Westport Properties



    Friend Sponsors, $100-999:

    Steve Cobbs, Invesco

    Anne Mari DeCoster, Storelocal Storage Co-op

    Ben Hall, Westport Properties

    Margaret Martin, Pegasis Group

    Natalie Ochi, SKS Management

    Karen Reggio, Storelocal Storage Co-op

    Tommy White, Westport Properties

    To learn more about Kure it please visit their website: www.kureit.org or contact Jackie Kurtz at jackie@kureit.org.

  • Thursday, February 18, 2021 3:45 PM | Jackie Kurtz (Administrator)

    February is Bile Duct Cancer Awareness Month. Take a look at a few ways you can reduce your risk factor of this and many other cancers:

    -Eat a healthy diet 

    -Get regular exercise and maintain a healthy weight

    -Reduce alcohol consumption, excess alcohol can lead to cirrhosis

    -Get a Hepatitis B vaccine, to avoid cirrhosis

    -Take steps to avoid Hepatitis C infection, which can lead to cirrhosis 

    We invite you to check out Kure It's social media pages on Instagram and Facebook to stay up to date on cancer research facts. 

  • Tuesday, June 09, 2020 12:08 PM | Jackie Kurtz (Administrator)

    Join Kure It at their annual Rivals Cup Golf Tournament and support vital cancer research at UCLA and USC Comprehensive Cancer Centers. Mark your calendars for November 6th, 2020 at Pelican Hill Golf Club and visit Kureit.org for more details or to sign up to sponsor or play.

  • Monday, July 18, 2016 3:37 AM | CSSSA Admin (Administrator)
    Posted by: Erin King

    For Immediate Release                                                          July 18, 2016  

    You know Amazon.com Inc. is big when you do a search for “Amazon” and get the company instead of the river, rainforest or women warriors that Amazon used to refer to in the good old days. Such is the popularity of shopping on Amazon that it merits first consideration of search engines. But thanks to programs like “AmazonSmile” the company continues to grow and now self storage owner/operators and managers can find another way to give to the charities of their choice.

    For California Self Storage Association (CSSA) members, it represents and opportunity to help support a worthwhile charity like Kure It simply by purchasing items on Amazon Smile and making sure that Kure It is selected as the recipient of Amazon’s donation. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. Every item available for purchase on www.amazon.com is also available on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) at the same price. You will see eligible products marked "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation" on their product detail pages.

    “Self storage professionals in California have always been generous when it comes to causes like Kure It and AmazonSmile is another way they can help,” says Erin King, Executive Director of the CSSA. “I don’t know about anyone else but my house is an Amazon house. It is a great way to support a program with something so many of us use a lot.” 

    On your first visit to AmazonSmile you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation. You can change your charity any time. Your AmazonSmile purchases after the change count towards your newly selected charity. You can choose from almost one million eligible 501(c)(3) public charitable organizations. 

    “It is nice to see a company like Amazon do what it can to help worthwhile causes,” adds King. “Now self storage has another way to do its part.”



  • Thursday, May 21, 2015 4:36 AM | CSSSA Admin (Administrator)
    Posted by: Brenda Lafontaine

    For Immediate Release:
    Thursday, May 21, 2015

    Dr. Sabine Mueller will receive $200,000 to support innovative, translational pediatric brain cancer research

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center of the University of California, San Francisco and Kure It Cancer Research are pleased to announce that Sabine Mueller, M.D., Ph.D., will receive a 2015 HDFCCC-Kure It Cancer Research Grant for Underfunded Cancer Research.

    The Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center (HDFCCC) partnered with Kure It Cancer Research to provide a grant for underfunded cancer research. Funds are provided by a $100,000 award from Kure It Cancer Research, and will be matched with $100,000 from the HDFCCC for a single two-year award of $200,000. Kure It awards this grant in the name of the California Self Storage Association (CSSA). The CSSA is a pivotal partner of Kure It Cancer Research, and members of the association have contributed the funds for this important grant.

    Mueller’s project “Using Hyperpolarized 13C Pyruvate to Assess Response in Pediatric Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma – A Non-invasive Response Biomarker” aims to develop tools that would allow assessment of early response to drugs that treat children with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG).

    “Children with DIPG continue to have a dismal prognosis with an average of only 9-months survival after diagnosis. No clinical progress has been made over the last several decades, and almost all affected children die from the disease,” said Dr. Mueller, a pediatric neurology specialist.

    “We hypothesize that a major reason accounting for treatment failure [in DIPG] is the presence of tight blood brain and blood-tumor barriers. Many of the [drugs] being evaluated in clinical trials are chosen empirically, and knowledge about [drug] penetration [into the brain] is often unknown. Therefore, it is crucial to develop tools that would allow assessment of early response and be markers of penetration [of drugs into the brain tumor].” Sabine Mueller is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology, Neurosurgery and Pediatrics, and a member of the Pediatric Malignancies Program of the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCSF.

    “Given her background as a trained child neurologist and neurooncologist, [Dr. Mueller] is poised to answer critical questions that will improve long-term outcome for children with brain tumors,” offered S. Andrew Josephson MD, Acting Chair of the Department of Neurology at UCSF. Kure It Cancer Research (www.kureit.org) was established in 2010 to fill the gap in funding and place cancer research dollars directly into the hands of the investigators. To date, Kure It Cancer Research has raised more than $3.7 million for cancer research. With this remarkable standard of giving, Kure It is able to directly support groundbreaking research at leading cancer centers across the nation.

  • Monday, August 11, 2014 11:49 AM | CSSSA Admin (Administrator)
    Posted by: Brenda Lafontaine

    A-1 Self Storage donates money to support Serving Hands International in San Diego, CA

    San Diego, CA – August 1, 2014 – A-1 Self Storage, the premier provider of self storage in San Diego, CA, announced today their monetary donation to Serving Hands International. Serving Hands International was founded after a large family and many friends made a tradition of giving to the poorest of the poor in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. Serving Hands has grown over the past 30 years, expanding their monetary support to partners in Peru, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, and the Philippines. The mission of Serving Hands International is to aid the poorest people in the world and strive to encourage in them self-sufficiency, dignity and hope by providing educational and vocational opportunities, food, clothing, shelter, medical assistance and spiritual guidance.

    “A-1 Self Storage is honored to support Serving Hands International. I recently visited Serving Hands International’s partners in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico and was impressed with the work they are doing south of the border. Their service and dedication to the poor was impressive,” said Brian Caster, President and CEO of A-1 Self Storage.

    For more information about Serving Hands International, please visit: http://www.servinghands.org/

    About A-1 Self Storage:

    A-1 Self Storage is one of the leading providers of self storage and car storage in California with 18 locations in the San Diego region and over 48 locations statewide. A-1 is the Self Storage division of the Caster Companies, a third generation family-owned company headquartered in Southern California since 1959. The Caster Companies specializes in acquisitions, development and management of A-1 Self Storage, A-1 Car Storage and other commercial properties in California. Its Real Estate Portfolio includes over 4 million square feet in real estate properties. It is one of California’s largest independent self storage and car storage owner/operators.

    Cori Garrod
    A-1 Self Storage
    (800) 219-4854 x 122
  • Friday, May 02, 2014 11:51 AM | CSSSA Admin (Administrator)
    Posted by: Brenda Lafontaine

    Media contact: John Egan, SpareFoot

    SpareFoot, which operates the country’s largest online marketplace for self-storage units, has established the SpareFoot Storage Industry Disaster Relief Fund to help victims of the recent outbreak of tornadoes in the South and Midwest and to assist victims of future disasters.

    SpareFoot invites self-storage operators, self-storage vendors and other companies in the storage industry to contribute to the fund to help victims of the recent deadly tornadoes. To donate to the fund, visit http://selfstora.ge/SpareFootGives.

    Through the Crowdrise fundraising platform, all proceeds will go directly to the American Red Cross for disaster relief.

    "The recent tornadoes devastated so many communities in the South and Midwest. Storage facilities that are part of our network operate in many of these communities,” SpareFoot CEO Chuck Gordon said. "We thought the best way SpareFoot could help would be to set up this fund for the storage industry to pool money and collectively show that the industry cares about victims of these tornadoes and future disasters.”

    About SpareFoot

    SpareFoot, based in Austin, TX, makes renting self-storage easy. Our free marketplace lets customers find and reserve storage units online. We have the largest inventory of storage units in the U.S., with a network of more than 7,000 facilities ranging from mom-and-pops to publicly traded REITs. We reach millions of people who need storage through exclusive partnerships with brands like SelfStorage.com, ForRent.com and Penske Truck Rental.

    For more information, visit SpareFoot.com.

  • Monday, January 20, 2014 10:52 AM | CSSSA Admin (Administrator)
    Posted by: Brenda Lafontaine 

    We are proud to announce our founder Terry Caster, and his wife Barbara’s generous donation to Rotary International. These funds will support Rotary International’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative (http://www.polioeradication.org/).  Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio world-wide include advocacy, public awareness, and immunizations in countries such as Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan.  Polio remains endemic in these countries.  Polio can strike at any age, but mainly affects children under five years.  Although there is no cure for polio, it can be prevented through immunization.  The polio vaccine almost always protects a child for life.

    "It is an honor to support such a worthy cause.” said Brian Caster, President and CEO of A-1 Self Storage. "We are proud to support Rotary’s lifesaving work and world-wide effort to eradicate polio.”

    To read more about the Caster’s gift to Rotary International or to make a donation to this worthy initiative, please visit https://www.rotary.org/en/couple%E2%80%99s-11-million-gift-boosts-push-eradicate-polio.

  • Friday, September 06, 2013 11:54 AM | CSSSA Admin (Administrator)
    Posted by: Brenda Lafontaine


    A-1 Self Storage donates money to support the 7th Annual Walk to Cure Psoriasis event to be held on October 12, 2013 in San Diego, CA.

    San Diego, CA – September 5, 2013 – A-1 Self Storage, the premier provider of self storage in California, announced today their monetary donation to the San Diego-headquartered National Psoriasis Foundation to support their 7th Annual Walk to Cure Psoriasis event to help raise funds and awareness. The walk will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2013 in Old Town. Their goal is to raise $70,000.00, which will go towards funding research to finding a cure for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

    Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease that appears on the skin and can occur on any part of the body. It is usually associated with diabetes, heart disease and other serious health conditions. There are five different types of psoriasis but the most common is plaque psoriasis, which appears as raised, red patches covered with a silvery white build-up of dead skin skills. Regardless of its appearance, it’s important to know that psoriasis is not contagious.

    The National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) is a non-profit, voluntary health agency dedicated to finding a cure for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and eliminating their devastating effects through research, advocacy and education.  Founded in 1968, the Psoriasis Foundation has evolved to become the leading patient advocacy group for the 7.5 million Americans living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. For more information, please visit: http://www.psoriasis.org

     "It’s it an honor to support a national organization with a local presence, whose work supports approximately 80,000 people suffering from this disease in San Diego County.” said Brian Caster, President and CEO of A-1 Self Storage. "My nephew suffers from psoriasis, so I understand how devastating and frustrating it can be to the individual suffering from it.  We hope that through research and education, a cure will be eventually be found and the general public will become well aware about psoriasis and that it is not contagious.”    

    To find a San Diego County A-1 Self Storage, please visit: http://www.a1storage.com/self_storage/San_Diego_Region/a-1_self_storage

    Or to find an A-1 Self Storage location near you, please visit:


    About A-1 Self Storage:

    A-1 Self Storage is one of the leading providers of self storage and car storage in California with 17 locations in the San Diego County area and over 42 locations statewide. A-1 is the Self Storage division of the Caster Companies, a third generation family-owned company headquartered in Southern California since 1959. The Caster Companies specializes in acquisitions, development and management of A-1 Self Storage, A-1 Car Storage and other commercial properties in California. Its Real Estate Portfolio includes over 4 million square feet in real estate properties. It is one of California’s largest independent self storage and car storage owner/operators.


    Fran Laporga-Ching | A-1 Self Storage | (800) 219-4854 x 141 | press@a1storage.com | www.a1storage.com

  • Wednesday, September 04, 2013 11:55 AM | CSSSA Admin (Administrator)
    Posted by: Brenda Lafontaine

    Irvine, California – September 3, 2013 - Six years after its inception, Kure It, a nonprofit dedicated to underfunded cancer research, has reached a fundraising milestone. Just in time to make the close of August, Kure It reached its goal, thanks to a check from long-time supporters Pam and Jack Domingue of Storage Solution, Inc. The check represents a milestone for the nonprofit, but most importantly, another step forward in research focused on cancers that are often overlooked and underrepresented in funding.

    This money will be granted to top researchers at leading institutions, with the aim of discovering new weapons in the war against cancer. With cancer an ever present threat to the lives of neighbors, friends and loved ones, all can relate to the need to find new ways to treat, and cure, this disease.

    "Many researchers have theories and preliminary research, but lack the funds to carry out their projects to the end. It is not uncommon for researchers to spend precious time seeking funding for innovative research, when the time could be better spent in the laboratory", said Kure It founder Barry Hoeven. "We established the nonprofit to fill that gap, placing the funds directly into the hands of the researchers".

    Along with fundraisers held throughout the year, which add fun to the mix while drawing support, Kure It has reached out to the self storage community, garnering support from companies and individuals. Holding to the concept that many people giving small, recurring amounts adds up to big dollars for research, the non-profit reached the $1 million dollar mark in October 2011. In 2012, the inaugural Rivals United for a Kure campaign, which rallies rival USC and UCLA football fans in the fight against cancer, resulted in $300,000 in research grants to the Comprehensive Cancer Centers at the two schools.

    Pam Domingue was thrilled to give the check that sent Kure It’s total over the top. A loyal supporter, she worked alongside the Kure It team to reach $2 million by the end of August, even hosting a July fundraising cocktail party at her Huntington Harbor home. "Kure It is important to us on both personal and professional levels. Personally, cancer has impacted my family so many times and in so many ways, that we truly understand the need for more research. Professionally, we feel that as business owners, we should give back to our community. Kure It, with the creative programs they have developed for our industry, allows us to give back in minor ways, along with other businesses, and put those resources together for substantial grants, making a huge impact on research. Their creativity inspires us to give in ways that won’t have a negative impact on our business, and helps promote consumer awareness and participation at the same time.”

    Kure It Director Karen Jones reports, "We have heard from Pam fairly frequently the past few weeks, checking in on our progress toward the big milestone. We couldn’t be more grateful for Jack and Pam’s support, or more thrilled that theirs was the gift that got us to $2 million.”

    "We are proud to be a part of their success, and look forward to a long lasting relationship with this exceptional organization!" said Pam.

    About Kure It 
    Kure It is a non-profit organization providing funding for innovative research projects focused on kidney cancer and other underfunded cancers. The funds raised through Kure It directly support groundbreaking research at leading cancer centers. Since being established in 2007, Kure It has raised $2 million and supported research across the United States. http://www.kureit.org


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