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  • Wednesday, November 15, 2023 9:05 AM | Remy Mcuistion (Administrator)


    Charity Storage 

    2101 W. Peoria Ave, #100

    Phoenix, AZ 85029

    (844) 945-3387

    Media Contact

    Sean Funk

    Marketing Assistant

    Direct: (480) 757-6026

    (November 9, 2023) — Phoenix, AZ. Charity Storage, an official Self Storage Association (SSA)​ Partner, is pleased to announce the success of the Paws & Relax event at the SSA 2023 Fall Conference & Trade Show. Thanks to the generous sponsors, both Charity Storage​ and Michael’s Angel Paws​ had the opportunity to engage with self storage professionals and bring awareness to the important causes they champion, and Michael’s Angel Paws received $4,000 in unrestricted funds to support dog training and therapy. 

    The Paws & Relax event offered attendees at the SSA conference in Las Vegas, Nevada access to complimentary pet therapy sessions and a wellness area. This relaxing initiative allowed self storage professionals the opportunity to unwind, recharge and rejuvenate by staying hydrated, indulging in massages and enjoying the company of dogs at the “Puppy Petting Station.” This event offered attendees not only a chance to de-stress but to learn more about how Michael’s Angel Paws, a Nevada-based nonprofit organization, supports individuals in attaining hope, independence and the freedom to live their lives with the companionship of a fully-trained service dog. 

    The Paws & Relax event was kindly sponsored by the Self Storage Association​, OpenTech Alliance​, Kings III​, Storable​, Charity Storage​, Miller Buildings, Inc.​ and Heartland Building Group​. 

    “We were thrilled to see so many self storage professionals stop by the Paws & Relax booth at this year’s SSA Conference and Trade Show,” shared Robert Chiti, Chief Executive Officer of OpenTech Alliance and Chairman of the Charity Storage Board of Director’s. “The success of this event highlights the continued commitment and collective efforts of the Self Storage Association and the organizations that make up the industry to making our communities better. We will always look for ways to partner with and sponsor like-minded charitable organizations, like Michael’s Angel Paws, at future SSA events.”

    Mario Macaluso, Program Manager and Board Member at Charity Storage, also shared his thoughts on Charity Storage’s partnership and collaboration with Michael’s Angel Paws:

    “Partnering with SSA and Michael’s Angel Paws year-after-year to bring this event to the SSA Conference & Trade Show is a perfect opportunity for Charity Storage to both raise awareness and support for a great local cause, and show self storage operators how we can help them leverage their operation to give back to charities in their local communities.” 

    To learn more about Michael’s Angel Paws and their incredible work, please visit their website at For more information on Charity Storage and how you can get involved, please visit our website at

    About Charity Storage 

    An official charity of the self storage industry, Charity Storage utilizes self storage auctions to raise money for charitable causes. Participating facilities establish donation drop-off centers at their storage facilities and work hard to engage their community to collect donations and raise funds for local non-profits through their storage auctions. 

  • Tuesday, October 10, 2023 3:29 PM | Remy Mcuistion (Administrator)

    Join us at Kure It's Let's Save Lives Gala on Saturday, November 4th

    This year's gala will highlight our dedication to the community, our mission to find life-saving cures, and to improve the outcomes for people facing cancer. In addition, we have partnered with iconic fashion brand, Bally, to add new elements of fun, fashion and philosophy to the evening.

    Click the link below to purchase your sponsorship or tickets: 

    Purchase Tickets Today

    For questions, contact Jackie Kurtz at or call 949-748-5916

  • Thursday, June 22, 2023 8:27 AM | Remy Mcuistion (Administrator)


    Hello Charity Storage partners,  

    Have you ordered your FREE Charity Storage marketing kit yet?

    The NEW kit is available on the Charity Storage Shop page and features eye-catching designs printed on UV-protected materials to ensure visibility and longevity. The promotional package includes:

    • Gate Sign: Printed on UV vinyl and includes pre-drilled holes.
    • Counter Sign: A UV ink-printed sign with an easel back. 
    • Window Cling: Static cling sign that can stick to any glass surface.

    Don't miss out on an opportunity to get your hands on this NEW marketing bundle valued at $45!

    Use coupon code freekit at checkout and get your first one FREE! This exclusive opportunity is limited. Act now and claim your kit today!

    Showcase your participation in the program with this new kit and bring more awareness to your self storage business and the charitable causes you support!

    Click here and order your marketing kit while supplies last!

    Want to be featured on our social pages? Tag @Charity Storage on social media and share photos of your marketing kit in action.

    Thank you for being a proud supporter of Charity Storage!


     The Charity Storage Team

  • Tuesday, March 14, 2023 12:38 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    Kure It Cancer Research's Annual
    Rivals Cup Golf Tournament
    Friday, June 9, 2023


    All Rivalries Welcome,
    Join Us and Represent Your Alma Mater


    Sponsorships and Tickets Now Available
    For Questions, Contact Jackie Kurtz: 

  • 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/

    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: or contact Jackie Kurtz at

  • 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 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 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 is also available on AmazonSmile ( 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 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 ( 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:

    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
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