September 1, 2010

New Mexico’s Largest Cancer Fund Raiser to Hold Dinner, Dance, and Team Roping Competition


Cowboys for Cancer Research, a not-for-profit group organized to fund cancer research, will host the 28th Annual Dinner, Dance and Team Roping competition between October 8 and 10, 2010 in Las Cruces. The three-day event traditionally raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for collaborative cancer research projects at the UNM Cancer Center and New Mexico State University, and all proceeds stay within the state. Cowboys for Cancer Research has placed more than $1.5 million in the C4CR/Alma Cohorn Memorial Endowment at UNM to help fight cancer in New Mexico in just the last eleven years alone.

“Despite great economic uncertainty, residents of southern New Mexico are certain about one thing – they still want to do their part to beat cancer. We are so pleased with the tremendous support we’ve received for Cowboys for Cancer Research,” said Denny Calhoun, co-executive director of Cowboys for Cancer Research. “Last year was a record breaking year for Cowboys for Cancer

Cowboys for Cancer Research

Research’s Dinner, Dance and Team Roping competition. In conjunction with the NMSU Aggies Are Tough Enough to Wear Pink breast cancer awareness initiative, the events exceeded all expectations and raised a combined total of $800,000 including in-kind donations. $401,000 was deposited in the C4CR endowment at the University of New Mexico Cancer Center to aid in research against the deadly disease.”

Considered the largest cancer fund raiser in New Mexico where the money raised stays in the state, the 28th Annual Dinner, Dance and Team Roping competition will take place the same weekend as the University of New Mexico vs. New Mexico State University “Aggies Are Tough Enough to Wear Pink” football game on Saturday, October 9. “With the ‘Pink’ game being an instate rivalry, we expect another successful fund raiser this year with support from UNM fans coming down for the big game,” said Calhoun

This year’s Cowboys for Cancer Research theme is “United We Stand In Our Ride For A Cure” and will kick off on Friday, October 8 with a Dinner, Dance and Silent Auction at 6:30 p.m. at Dickerson’s Event Center, 3920 W. Picacho Avenue in Las Cruces. Participants will dance the night away to the music of The Delk Band, a country-western style dance band that has been entertaining people for three generations. In addition, the silent auction will feature a number of unique items. Tickets are $75 per person, with a tax deductible portion, and can be purchased by calling (575) 526-2887 or (575) 526-6028.

Cowboys for Cancer Research

Festivities will continue through Sunday with a Team Roping Competition on Saturday, October 9 and Sunday, October 10 at the Sproul Arena, formerly known as Calhoun Arena, located north of Las Cruces on Harvey Farm Road. Another silent auction will take place at the roping arena. Prizes, including a Fancy 3 Horse Gooseneck Trailer, saddles and buckles, will be awarded to winners.

The two-day team roping event is open to the public, but bleacher seating is limited. Organizers recommend that spectators bring lawn chairs and sunscreen.

Cowboys for Cancer Research activities are sanctioned “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” events, which is an international organization created to support breast cancer awareness and research. The annual Cowboys for Cancer Research event combined with “ NMSU Aggies Are Tough Enough to Wear Pink” event, now in its fourth year, is the largest TETWP event in the nation with fund raising events taking place throughout the month of October.

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About UNM Cancer Center

The UNM Cancer Center is the Official Cancer Center of the State of New Mexico, and one of only 64 National Cancer Institute designated cancer centers in the nation. It is home to 85 board-certified oncology physicians representing every cancer specialty and more than 120 research scientists hailing from such prestigious institutions as M.D. Anderson, Johns Hopkins and the Mayo Clinic.

About Cowboys for Cancer Research

In 1981, Alma Cohorn, wife of roper Kenneth Cohorn, died of breast cancer. To honor her memory, members of the Las Cruces community pulled together for the first annual team roping competition to raise money to fight the very disease that took her life. Now one of the largest cancer research fund raisers in New Mexico, the Cowboys for Cancer Research Team Roping event draws nearly 1,500 teams from New Mexico and West Texas for cash and donated prizes. Funds raised by the Cowboys for Cancer Research Roping Event help seed new research studies and equipment that will benefit patients directly by providing promising new treatments.

The three day event is staged just north of Las Cruces on the old highway to the Sproul Arnea formerly the Calhoun Arena on Harvey Farm Road. While people come from a tri-state area to enjoy a dinner dance and two full days of roping and festivities, the bulk of the participants reside and work within El Paso County (El Paso, Texas), Dona Ana, Luna, Hidalgo, Grant, Sierra, Otero, Chavez, Eddy, Socorro and Bernalillo counties.

Cowboys for Cancer Research is a non profit group originally organized by the Sunshine Club of QWEST (formerly US West) Pioneers (retired telephone workers). This group evolved into a diverse team of dedicated members representing our community.

About NMSU

New Mexico State University was founded in 1888 as Las Cruces College. The Territorial Legislature of 1889 established the land-grant Agricultural College and Experiment Station, which officially opened on January 21, 1890. During its first full academic year, the college became known as the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, the first degree granting institution in the Territory. Under the provisions of the Morrill Act of 1862 and subsequent federal legislation, the special mission of land-grant institutions has been to provide a liberal and practical education for students, and to sustain programs of research, extension education and public service.

In 1960, New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts became New Mexico State University. Since that time, while sustaining excellence in those programs traditionally associated with land-grant institutions, New Mexico State has become a comprehensive doctoral level university offering a wide variety of programs through the Graduate School and the colleges: Agriculture and Home Economics, Arts and Sciences, Business Administration and Economics, Education, Engineering, and Health and Social Services.

Contact Information:

Dorothy Hornbeck, JKPR, (505) 797-6673,

Denny Calhoun, Cowboys for Cancer Center Research, (575) 642-5693,

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