Contact: Annie Olson, 379-8373 or 688-2577

The second annual UNM College of Nursing gala will raise funds needed to recruit and train highly qualified nurses to address the rapidly escalating nursing shortage in New Mexico and the nation.

"A Legacy to Nursing" is set for Saturday, Aug. 17 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Hilton Albuquerque. Hosted by the College of Nursing Ambassadors Council and Alumni Association, the evening will feature dining, dancing, live and silent auctions, and entertainment.

Funds raised at the gala will help support nursing education programs, outreach to middle and high schools throughout New Mexico and the Rosenblum-Weiss Center for Nursing Excellence in Women's and Children's Health.

Senator Pete Domenici and Mrs. Nancy Domenici are honorary co-chairs of "A Legacy to Nursing." Senator Domenici has long recognized the critical shortage of nurses across America and recently co-sponsored the Nurse Reinvestment Act, which authorizes Federal funding for nursing education.

Senator and Mrs. Domenici will be joined by Mistress of Ceremonies Carla Aragon, KOB-TV evening anchor and a longtime supporter of nursing and Children's Hospital of New Mexico.

Five of New Mexico's state legislators also will be honored at the gala for their extraordinary support for nursing education in New Mexico. State Representatives Henry "Kiki" Saaevedra, Danice Picraux, and Pauline Gubbels will be recognized along with State Senator Sue Wilson Beffort and former State Senator Pauline Eisenstadt.

The live auction will feature tickets from Frontier Airlines, a Phoenix shopping spree, and tickets to a Rolling Stones concert, while the silent auction will spotlight more than 150 unique items.

Businesses and individuals are invited to support nursing education by taking part in this special fun-filled evening. Tickets are $75. For information, contact the UNM College of Nursing Development Office at 272-GIFT or 272-0200.