Group raises money for breast cancer research
Mission: NMSU Aggies are Tough Enough to Wear Pink is a volunteer group raising breast cancer awareness and funds on behalf of Cowboys for Cancer Research, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Purpose: We lead a diverse group of community leaders, business owners and dedicated volunteers who work collaboratively with New Mexico State University administration and athletics to organize community events and an annual NMSU NCAA football game. Through a series of fundraising efforts and events, we generate cash and in-kind contributions that we proudly present to our partners, Cowboys for Cancer Research.
Key Goals: Raising breast cancer awareness in Las Cruces and southern New Mexico and funds for breast cancer research.
History: “Are You Tough Enough to Wear Pink?” was first asked at the 2006 Wrangler National Rodeo Finals.
Participants and sponsors were challenged to raise money for breast cancer research and a $1 million check was presented to Tough Enough to Wear Pink founder Terry Wheatley. With this inspiration in 2007, Las Cruces breast cancer survivors Pat Sisbarro, Magellia Boston, June Mumme and Laura Conniff collaborated with New Mexico State University administration and athletics to create a college football version of the rodeo event at NMSU. They convinced administrators to dedicate an Aggie football game to breast cancer awareness then challenged Las Cruces business leaders, citizens and civic groups to raise money and wear pink to the game. Since then, more than $3.5 million (cash and in-kind services) has been raised, a $1.5 million endowment has been established at the NMSU Foundation and “NMSU Aggies Are Tough Enough to Wear Pink” has become the largest event of its kind in the world!
Key people to know:
• 2015 TETWP Co-Chairs are Pat Sisbarro and Laura Conniff
• NMSU President Garry Carruthers
• Cowboys for Cancer Research, Lynn Arnold
Event: NMSU “Emma Jean Cervantes 5K/10K Run & Walk” sponsored by Cervantes Enterprises Date: 7 a.m., Saturday Oct. 17, 2015 Where: NMSU Aggie Memorial Stadium (North Entrance)
Entry Fee: $ 15-$ 25 Event: ASNMSU TETWP Student Dinner
Date: 5 p.m., Tuesday Oct. 20, 2015 Where: Corbett Center Taos Cafeteria Contact: Shelly Duran, Sodexo, 575-646-2984; ASNMSU Director of Activities, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Website: http:// asnmsu. nmsu.
Event: NMSU Volleyball vs. UTEP
Date: 7 p.m., Tuesday Oct. 20, 2015 Where: Northside NMSU Pan American Center (near ticket office)
Contact: Pan Am Ticket Office, 575646- 1420
Website: www. nmstatesports. com Event: NM State Luminaria Remembrance Ceremony & Kick-Off Event
Date: 8:30 p.m., Tuesday Oct. 20, 2015 Where: Northside NMSU Pan American Center (near ticket office)
Contact: TBD Event: TETWP Donor Gala & Silent Auction
Date: Wednesday Oct. 21, 2015 Where: Double Eagle de Mesilla Tickets: By Invitation Only Contact: Lynn at 505-259-6010 or Susan 575-405-2337 Event: TETWP “Shop for the Cure”
Date: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Thursday Oct. 22, 2015
Where: NMSU Pan American Center East Concourse
Tickets: No charge for shopping, ticket required for luncheon
Web: www. pinkaggie. com Event: TETWP Fashion Show Luncheon
Date: 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday Oct. 22, 2015
Where: NMSU Pan American Center Contact: Lenore at 575-541-7871 Tickets: $45/Person Non-Reserved or $500/Reserved Table
Event: Barbara Damron: Cancer’s Effect on Mental Health
Date: 2:30 p.m. Thursday Oct. 22 Where: Barbara Hubbard Room, Pan American Center
Contact: Justin Bannister 575-646-5981 Tickets: No charge Event: “NMSU Aggie TETWP Football Game”
Date: 6 p.m., Saturday Oct. 24, 2015 Where: NMSU Aggie Memorial Stadium (Fulton Center Parking Lot)
Contact: Pan Am Ticket Office Tickets: 575- 646- 1420 Event: “Las Cruces Public Schools TETWP Football Game”
Date: 7 p.m., Thursday Oct. 29, 2015 Where: Field of Dreams
Events and activities
Purchase Official NMSU TETWP Merchandise
Date: On sale now Where: NMSU Barnes & Noble Bookstore Address: 1400 E University Ave.
Phone: 575-646-4431 Website: www.nmsubookstore.com Purchase Custom TETWP Merchandise
Date: On sale now Where: Sports Accessories Address: 250 N Solano Drive Phone: 575-526-2417 Website: sportsaccessories.biz Note: A portion of all sales is donated back the 2015 NMSU TETWP Campaign
Event: Cowboys for Cancer Research Team Roping
Date: Saturday Sept. 19-20 Where: Southern New Mexico Fair Grounds Contact: Denny Calhoun 575-642-5693 Website: www.c4cr.com Event: Cowboys for Cancer Research Dinner & Dance
Date: Friday Oct. 9, 2015 Time: 5:30 p.m. doors open Where: Las Cruces Convention Center Cost: Single ticket $100; reserved tables
$1200 (table of 10)
Contact: Geraldine Calhoun 575-642-
5696 or Lynn Arnold 505-259-6010