MEDIA ALERT: American Cancer Society's Coaches vs. Cancer Hosts "Party with a Purpose" Kickoff Benefit in Las Vegas on M


What:  2012 Coaches vs. Cancer “Party with a Purpose” to benefit the American Cancer Society

When: Sunday, May 20, 4 to 6 p.m.

Where: “Party with a Purpose” Kickoff Benefit, Hyde Lounge, Bellagio Las Vegas, 3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109
Who: Dave Rice, co-host and University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) head men’s basketball coach
Lon Kruger, co-host and University of Oklahoma head men’s basketball coach
Julius “Dr. J” Erving, NBA and ABA basketball legend
Bruce Weber, Kansas State University (KSU) head men’s basketball coach
Dana Altman, University of Oregon head men’s basketball coach
Dave Rose, Brigham Young University (BYU) head men’s basketball coach
Bob Chipman, Washburn University head men’s basketball coach
Tim Miles, University of Nebraska head men’s basketball coach
Toby Keith, country music superstar
Rodney Carrington, comedian
Human Nature, singing group and Imperial Palace Las Vegas headliners
Carrot Top, comedian and Luxor Hotel & Casino headliner
Cast of Crazy Horse Paris, MGM Grand’s cabaret show
Chef Carla Pellegrino, head chef of Bacio at the Tropicana Las Vegas
Kari Anderson, Miss Nevada International 2012
Deborah Ashton-Cook, Mrs. Nevada International 2012
Therese Kolbaek, former UNLV golfer and current member of the LPGA mini tour

Other current and former basketball coaches, players and fans from around the country will also be present at the event.

Media: Media are invited and encouraged to attend the 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer “Party with a Purpose” Kickoff Benefit.  Interested media please RSVP to Carolyn Linck at or 702-428-1120.

Details:Guests at the 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer “Party with a Purpose” Kickoff benefit will enjoy a uniquely Las Vegas experience, complete with delicious cocktails and culinary creations provided by MGM Resort International’s top restaurants and entertainment provided by Las Vegas showgirls and comedian Rodney Carrington.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction with amazing prizes, including the chance to perform live with Toby Keith.  In addition, raffle tickets will be sold for $50.  All raffle tickets are guaranteed to win a prize. 

Tickets to “Party with a Purpose” are available for $100. Those interested in purchasing tickets should visit or contact Melissa Arias at
All the money raised during the event 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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American Cancer Society
Melissa Arias / Margaret Schroeder
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