The 18th Annual American Cancer Society "Denim & Diamonds" Spring Gala in Santa Fe, New Mexico Saturday, May 19, 2012

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Once again the American Cancer Society in Santa Fe, New Mexico is holding their “Denim & Diamonds Spring Gala. The event, scheduled from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 19, is being held at La Fonda on the Plaza, which is located at 100 E. San Francisco St. • Santa Fe, NM. This is a "Featured Event" on the company’s monthly event calendar.

The 18th Annual American Cancer Society "Denim & Diamonds" Spring Gala In Santa Fe, New Mexico Saturday, May 19, 2012

The American Cancer Society in Santa Fe is setting the stage once again for the organization’s 18th Annual “Denim & Diamonds” Spring Gala fund raiser. This a "Featured Event" on the Santa Fe visitor guide website calendar. The event runs from 6 to 11 p.m., Sat., May 19 and offers a wonderful evening for attendees with a cocktail reception and silent auction to start the festivities, followed by a gourmet dinner, live auction and ending with music entertaining and dancing from the country styling of the Bill Hearne Trio.

The Blue Sapphire Sponsor for the event is Christus St Vincent Regional Hospital. The Emerald Sponsors for the event include Genetech, amerbercare, Los Alamos National Bank, Los Alamos Medical Center and New Mexico Cancer Care Associates, PC. Table Sponsors for the event include Berardinelli, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico, State Employees Credit Union of New Mexico, Rod and Randi Gesten, Barbara Ingram and John and Kari Rivers. In Kind Donors include Alphagraphics, Aspen Printing Company Inc., Whole Brain Design and Tool Box Web Design.

Silent auction items with a total value of over $37,000 that are being auctioned off at this event include the following:

  • Artwork
  • Beauty baskets
  • Clothing & shoes
  • Entertainment and games
  • Gift certificates of all kinds, dining, travel, beauty/spa, massage, restaurants, ski passes
  • Jewelry
  • Musical instruments
  • Sporting events
  • Auto accessories
  • Home accessories

Live auction highlight items being auctioned off include the following:
Lady's Diamond Pendant Set in 14kt Gold Donor: Mr. & Mrs. Frederic Thompson Value: $32,000 Reserve starting at $12,500 Measurement: 8.09 - 8.20 x 4.88mm (2 carats)
Cut: Round brilliant Color: H Near Colorless Clarity: VS1 Luster: Very Good Setting Style: Channel Set

Custom Hand-Made Acoustic Guitar with Swarovski Crystal Bridge Pins
Donor: Jim Kath • Value: $6,000 Medium-jumbo acoustic shape with back and sides made of highly figured lacewood. The top is made of Alaskan Sitka Spruce, the neck is Sapele Mahogany, and the fretboard is Ebony. Includes hard shell case. Hand made by custom guitar maker Jim Kath of Kath Guitars.

1 Week Lodging in a Private Hacienda in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico Donor: Anonymous • Value $3,500–$4,000 One week of your choice (within 18 months of the Gala event) for a magical stay at a hacienda in San Miguel de Allende. Privately owned, the hacienda features 2 full master bedrooms with adjoining bathrooms, another full bed/bath, and a study with a sofa lounger. Sleeps up to 8 people, comfortably 6. The home is located in the old colonial, historical UNESCO/World Heritage area of the city, within a 5 to 7 minute walk to the main plaza. The home has three levels with a spectacular view of the terraced hilled city and formal outdoor dining area for 18 on the rooftop. Comes complete with cable TV, broadband internet, a daily housekeeper and cook, daily laundry, gardener, and a property management firm to attend to your needs.
Blackout dates: June 30–July 9; November 18–25; December–January 2, 2013; Good Friday–Easter Sunday. Please contact donor in advance to make arrangements.

Framed Bronze Relief, Titled "Hope is Our Only Story" Donor & Artist: Barbara Ingram • Value: $3,000 Barbara Ingram is a contemporary Santa Fe artist who works primarily in clay, bronze and mixed media. She has created a one-of-kind bronze piece for the American Cancer Society and we are honored by her gift. This sculpture is 14" x 18" unframed.(Shown in oil clay.)

Cucina Angelica – 4-Course Italian Dinner Donor: Michelle Martinez, Cucina Angelica • Value: $1,500 Personal chef, Michelle Martinez will prepare a traditional Italian dinner and serve you and your guests in your home. This traditional Italian meal for 6 to 8 people includes wine, an antipasto, primo piatto, secundo piatto, and dolce. Winning bidder will provide all serving pieces, dinnerware, utensils, and glasses. Offer expires October 31, 2012. Please contact donor in advance to make arrangements.

Funds raised from this special event provide many free programs and services that are offered by the American Cancer Society for people of Santa Fe whose lives are challenged by cancer.

The continuing success of this event is due to dedicated community volunteers, local businesses, and individuals who provide underwriting and other financial support, including the donation of goods and services, as well as auction items. The incredible community collaboration and the contagious enthusiasm of the Spring Gala attendees combine to produce a successful event each year.

About the American Cancer Society:
The American Cancer Society (ACS) is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service.

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