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Nov 5 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Kick off Lung Cancer Awareness Month with an amazing night of entertainment! The inaugural Shining Bright Gala will be a fabulous evening featuring:

  • Cocktail reception
  • Live music
  • Silent and live auction conducted by Karen Sorbo
  • Delicious catered dinner
  • Scrumptious dessert donated by the Salty Tart
  • Comedian Bill Arnold
  • Emcee Julie Nelson from KARE 11
  • Candlelight vigil to remember our loved ones diagnosed with lung cancer
  • Program with survivor testimony and launch of the first-of-its-kind animated patient program
  • Brightest Star Awards to honor two distinguished individuals who are making a lasting impact in the lung cancer field

Recommended dress is cocktail attire with your best bling. Ties optional. Prizes will be awarded to those with the best bling – real or not – as judged by Mrs. Premier World, Wendi Russo!

Special thanks to our generous sponsors: Medtronic, Surgical Care Affiliates, and Mary Jane Benjamin.


Pre-sale tables of eight are available for $2,000 or individual tickets for $250. If any seats remain on October 2, individual tickets will be available for $125/seat. To reserve your table, contact: nancy@abreathofhope.org or 952-807-6111.

Live Auction

  1. Four day/three night trip for four to Bozeman, Montana with world-famous guided fishing excursion and 1-day walking tour of Yellowstone
  2. Private, dessert baking class for six taught by Salty Tart owner, Michelle Gayer
  3. Timberwolves court side tickets with access to the Lexus Court Side Club, free food, drink and valet, plus hotel
  4. Five-course dinner for eight guests prepared by Lucia’s executive chef Alan Bergo; hosted by A Breath of Hope board member Mark and Ann Bacigalupo
  5. Round-trip Delta airfare for two within the continental U.S.
  6. Private, guided fishing excursion with Bobby Jensen of Kare 11
  7. One week summer stay at Superior Shores Lake Home for eight
  8. Stock your wine cellar: 15 bottles of fabulous wine from each A Breath of Hope board member
  9. Details coming soon!
  10. Details coming soon!

To donate an item to the live auction, click hereAll donations must have a starting value of $1000.

Silent Auction

Featuring: A police car ride-along, Minnesota Zoo tickets, pottery lessons, Minnesota Wild hockey tickets and more!

To honor our loved ones…the silent auction features a section of beautiful baskets in memory or honor of our loved ones who have been diagnosed with lung cancer. These baskets will be displayed with an 8.5 x 11 stand designed by the donor to honor their loved one. To donate a complete basket or item, contact molly@abreathofhope.org.

To donate an item to the silent auction, click here. All items/baskets must have a starting value of $150.


Thank you Gala Planning Committee!

Curt Anderson, Mark Bacigalupo, Shanna Ballsrud, Kristin Berkland, Michelle Gayer, Bobby Jensen, Mark Solfelt

Thank You Event Sponsors!

Surgical Care Affiliates


Mary Jane Benjamin

For more information about sponsoring this event, view the Sponsor Benefit Chart or contact Nancy at nancy@abreathofhope.org.


Nov 5
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Orchestra Hall
1111 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403 United States