BIGHORN BAM’s Season of Miracles Exceeds $1 Million Gifted to Local Cancer Charities!
BIGHORN BAM’s Night of Miracles Gala was undeniably a NIGHT OF MIRACLES kicking off a week of fundraising events for local cancer patient support services, bringing the organization’s total to $6.5 million in just nine years. Impressive to say the least!
March 5th’s Gala at BIGHORN raised the week’s most amount of donations including generous sponsorships from the valley’s most philanthropic members, memorable live auction items including a 1-hour hitting session with the legendary Pete Sampras and private session on Stadium Court #1 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. BIGHORN Chairman R.D. and Joan Dale Hubbard along with Aubrey Serfling and Laura Fritz from Eisenhower congratulated BIGHORN BAM Founder Selby Dunham and Board Members Debi Aarthun, Cheryl Hall, Cathy Johnson and Marie Pinizzotto on their huge success!
Cultivar Napa Valley and KetelOne Vodka kept the spirits flowing as 300 guests enjoyed culinary creations by BIGHORN’s talented chefs. Citrus College’s Blue Note Orchestra performed smooth Sinatra and classic big band favorites while guests had a chance to peruse engaging activities. A variety of silent auction items were gifted by the valley’s finest retailers, galleries and exciting experiences like finale tickets to The Voice. Also included was a spirited wine pull featuring wines valued from $50 – $700 and an innovative gift pull donated by Fred Fern and The Shops on El Paseo.
After dinner, auctioneer Tony Magnemi lead the exciting live auction offering art, jewelry and trips followed by a spirited paddle up that brought the season’s total up to $900,000. Guests viewed 3 poignant videos showing how impactful their past donations have been to Coachella Valley cancer patients including one detailing when 24-year-old Britney Pos was diagnosed with breast cancer last September, leading to a double mastectomy all while attending school. Going through chemotherapy and not being able to work left her newly wed husband and her financially strapped, so BAM’s donations to The Pendleton Foundation helped pay the Pos’ rent and utilities. Her emotional video can be viewed at http://www.bighorngolf.com/bighornbam.
BAM’s annual Cash for Caddies and Golf Tournament pushed the week of fundraising over the $1 million mark. After the lively golf tournament, BAM celebrated survivors with roses and presented Eisenhower Medical Center with a check for $850,000 while the remaining $150,000 was gifted to The Pendleton Foundation. Funds donated to Eisenhower will support a Linear Accelerator True Beam STx System 2.0 and Breast Center Genetic Counseling services for the 25,000 patients that they see a year. Funds also will support a year of round-trip transportation services for patients undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments who would normally rely on public transportation.
Additionally, the Pendleton Foundation – whose mission is to relieve some of the financial burdens for cancer patients including helping with rent, utilities or grocery cards – will help hundreds of patients with the funds they received.
“We are thrilled to give to these stellar organizations,” says BAM Founder Selby Dunham, a breast cancer survivor of eleven years. “They make miracles happen everyday!”