American Cancer Society's Coaches vs. Cancer Hosts "Party with a Purpose" May 20-22

Coaches Dave Rice & Lon Kruger head up Golf Classic and Benefit Party for Fifth Consecutive Year

Coaches vs. Cancer returns to Las Vegas for the fifth consecutive year May 20-22, bringing the nation’s top basketball coaches, current and former players, celebrities and fans to the city in support of the local American Cancer Society.  University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) head men’s basketball coach Dave Rice and University of Oklahoma head men’s basketball coach Lon Kruger will host the three-day "Party with a Purpose."

Coach Rice encourages Runnin’ Rebels fans to come out and show their support for UNLV while helping the American Cancer Society create a Las Vegas with less cancer and more birthdays.

“The Coaches vs. Cancer movement has had a significant impact on the fight against cancer,” said Coach Rice.  “It is a privilege to join with so many great coaches and people for this event.  I am truly looking forward to getting personally involved in this battle, and I hope the community will come out to support us in this effort just as they have all season.”

Events kick off Sunday, May 20 at the “Party with a Purpose” benefit at the new Hyde Lounge at Bellagio Las Vegas starting at 4:00 p.m.  Guests will enjoy a uniquely Las Vegas experience at the party, complete with delicious cocktails and food provided by MGM Resorts International’s top chefs, famed personalities and entertainment complete with showgirls and a celebrity comedian.  Adding to the excitement luxurious donated items will be up for bid in a silent auction.

The “Party with a Purpose” benefit is open to the public.  Tickets start at $100 per person inclusive of food, drinks and entertainment.  Those interested in purchasing tickets should visit or contact Melissa Arias at

Then more than 120 head men’s basketball coaches, their alumni supporters and VIP golfers will play in the Coaches vs. Cancer Golf Classic Monday, May 21 and Tuesday, May 22 at Shadow Creek Golf Course and Southern Highlands Golf Club.

All the money raised over the three days of events will go to Coaches vs. Cancer, a collaborative initiative of the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) that empowers coaches, their teams and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer.  Since 1993 Coaches vs. Cancer has raised more than $80 million to fund groundbreaking research, provide up-to-date cancer literature, advocate for public health policies and deliver services to improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

About American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.5 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us
or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit

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