BMTN Gives Back: Supporting cancer patients with the Angel Foundation

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The goal is $500,000.

A half-million dollars, raised in one night, with the money going to support local adults with cancer, and the families that support them.

The Angel Foundation – which has raised $5 million and helped more than 22,000 people since 2001 – will host its annual Angel Gala Saturday at the Hilton in Minneapolis.

Last year, the gala passed that $500,000 mark for the first time, and the goal is to do it again.

“It’s not only our biggest fundraiser of the year, but a night of tremendous hope and inspiration," Mark Wilkening, Angel Foundation president, said in a release. "The gala sets the stage for what we can do for adults with cancer and their families in 2015.”

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The event includes live and silent auctions, an "inspiring program" and dinner. Afterward, it'll be a dance party hosted by disco tribute band Boogie Wonderland.

A list of some items up for auction can be viewed here. A few examples:

  • A limousine-chauffeured microbrewery tour, plus dinner for 14 people.
  • Interactive cooking with Andrew Zimmern of "Bizarre Foods" fame.
  • Grand View Lodge overnight golf package.
  • Tickets for different sports games and art shows.

Close to 1,000 guests are expected to attend – tickets are $195 per person, and are available by phone until 4 p.m. Friday (612-627-9000), or bought on-site starting at 6 p.m.

Rick Kupchella, founder of BringMeTheNews, is emceeing the event. Alexis Thompson of MyTalk FM 107 morning show and Emily Engberg of Twin Cities Live will also be on-hand.

The Angel Foundation

The roots of the Angel Foundation go back to 1964, when a 16-year-old Edina athlete died of Leukemia. Two of his good friends – Mark and Margie – grew up and, inspired by their colleague, began working in the fight against cancer.

The two married in college, and afterward, Mark Sborov started an oncology practice; Margie created a patient advocacy role.

In 2001, the two founded the Angel Foundation, a nonprofit to help cancer patients deal with the difficult financial situations that can come from treating the disease. That includes emergency financial assistance, education, and support.

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