The Lobos vs. Cancer Gala will celebrate its tenth year on Saturday, May 20, at Sandia Resort and Casino, 30 Rainbow Rd NE. The annual event raises money for cancer research and treatment and brings New Mexicans from all over the state together.
The gala is Albuquerque’s premier black tie event and this year’s theme is “Sequins, Suits & Sneakers.” A silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner will be served at 7 p.m. and a live auction will commence at 8:15 p.m.
Last year, the organizing team decided to keep the more than $80,000 raised in New Mexico and donate it to The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center. The team plans to do the same this year.
Gala goers will celebrate survivors, honor memories and raise money for cancer research and patient care programs at the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. Last year, Governor Susana Martinez and First Gentleman Chuck Franco attended. Governor Martinez auctioned a cake and served it to the people at the winning table.
“Cancer has been a part of my life since I was very young and has impacted every member of my immediate family," says Summer Elliott, team leader for the event. "That's why I am committed, along with our community, to fighting against cancer by maintaining and advancing the highest levels of cancer treatment and patient care in this great state. It's imperative we continue to support this world-class cancer care facility so we can support New Mexican families fighting for their lives every day."