PALM DESERT, CA – (February 28, 2019) – BIGHORN Behind A Miracle (BAM) is excited to celebrate its 12th anniversary at its annual gala, to be held Saturday, March 2 at BIGHORN’s event terrace. This year’s theme is American BAM-Stand.
Attendees will be dressed in their favorite BAM-Stand dance attire and rock out to Citrus College’s Nightshift band. The cocktail reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner, live auction and a paddle up at 7 p.m. Live auction items include a pair of Mattia Cielo Earrings and matching ring donated by Leeds & Son Fine Jeweler, valued at $10,250, and a limited Fender Telecaster Thinline Super Deluxe
guitar with Swarovski crystals donated by Sarah Gagan, among other fabulous items. At 8 p.m. the Nightshift band will take guests into dancing the night away.
“BAM started 12 years ago as a golf tournament, but really what we are doing is helping cancer patients here in the Coachella Valley,” said BIGHORN BAM founder and cancer survivor Selby Dunham. “We see miracles happen all the time. We see people suffering from cancer, they get treatment and it works. Then they get to go home to their family. And it’s in great part because of BAM and our donors.”
BAM has assisted more than 100,000 local patients in their treatment of cancer. The organization has donated over $8.3 million including funds to purchase state-of-the-art equipment. Through its BAM Van transportation service, they have given more than 12,000 rides to assist people in getting to and from their treatment.
New this year, BAM has partnered with the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Desert Regional Medical Center to assist patients treated there as well.
“Providing cancer care to patients is life-saving,” said Theresa Whipple, Executive Director, Comprehensive Cancer Center Desert Regional Medical Center. “BAM is one of the most impactful charities in the Coachella Valley, making sure the money is going directly to support patients.”
In addition, BAM is excited to announce that this year donations also will assist in funding clinical trials at the Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center, which are necessary for any treatment protocol to be approved for widespread use.
“The clinical trials that BIGHORN BAM is funding is going to help future generations,” said Stephanie Farrell, Director of Research Administration, Eisenhower Medical Center. “They are saving lives today, and they are also saving lives in the future. The results of this research in these clinical trials will make an impact 10…20… 30 years from now.”
BIGHORN BAM fundraising efforts, including funds raised at this gala, benefit not only the 30,000 annual patients who visit the Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center, but also the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Desert Regional Medical Center and The Pendleton Foundation — a non-profit organization helping cancer patients with rent or utilities, purchase grocery cards and other ways to ease the financial burden of hundreds of households.
For more information or to donate to BIGHORN BAM, visit bighornbam.net.
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