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November 5, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm


NOTE: We have 10 seats still available, first come, first served. Please call Steph at 952-456-1732 to register.

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

  • Emcee Julie Nelson from KARE 11
  • Cocktail reception
  • Live music
  • Live auction conducted by Karen Sorbo
  • Delicious dinner catered by Common Roots Catering
  • Scrumptious dessert donated by the Salty Tart
  • Comedian Bill Arnold
  • NFL Star Chris Draft
  • 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 event sponsors: Medtronic, Surgical Care Affiliates, and Mary Jane Benjamin.


Tickets may be purchased at the following levels (we are nearly full, don’t wait!):
* Table of eight $2,000 SOLD OUT!
* Individual ticket $250 (premiere seating) SOLD OUT!
* Individual ticket $125; or $100 for cancer patients/survivors only

Tickets are nonrefundable.

Live Auction

  1. Stock your wine cellar with an assortment of fabulous wines from A Breath of Hope board members
  2. Two Timberwolves court side tickets with access to the Lexus Court Side Club, free food/drink, valet parking, plus Minneapolis hotel and restaurant gift card for a fun get-away
  3. Four-course executive chef’s dinner by Jeff Weber of Eli’s and Eli’s East at bidder’s home
  4. Four day/three night trip for four to Bozeman, Montana with world-famous guided fishing excursion and 1-day walking tour of Yellowstone, includes Simm’s clothing and housing
  5. Private, guided fishing excursion for three with Bobby Jensen of Kare 11 and professional guides
  6. Weekend Trip to Utah (March 2-4, 2018) with four tickets to Timberwolves/Jazz game, meet & greet with Ricky Rubio, airfare and hotel
  7. Private, French macaron baking class for six taught by Salty Tart owner and lung cancer survivor Michelle Gayer, with pedicures and lunch!
  8. Five-course dinner for eight guests prepared by Lucia’s executive chef Alan Bergo and hosted by A Breath of Hope board member Mark and Anne Bacigalupo at their elegant Minneapolis home
  9. Mikimoto pearl necklace and earring set valued at $5000!
  10. One-week summer stay at Superior Shores Lake Home, sleeps 8, first week of June
  11. Beautiful 4×4 oil painting by rising star, Dr. Shanda Blackmon

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.

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


November 5, 2017
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Orchestra Hall
1111 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403 United States