Newswise — Cowboys for Cancer Research will continue its annual fundraising tradition with a celebratory dinner, dance and silent auction. All proceeds benefit cancer research in New Mexico. The event will feature music by Will Banister & the Modern Day Ramblers.

Proceeds from the event fund innovative cancer research at The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center and New Mexico State University. The money raised at this annual event directly benefits New Mexicans because it stays in the state.

“It will be an evening of good food, good fellowship and good music,” says Geraldine Calhoun, Cowboys for Cancer Research Co-Executive Director. The event will take place at the Las Cruces Convention Center Friday, October 7, 2016.

About the Dinner, Dance and Silent AuctionCowboys for Cancer Research will host a dinner, dance and silent auction on October 7, 2016, at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Blvd, Las Cruces, New Mexico. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Open seating single tickets are $100 each. Tickets for reserved tables of 10 are $1,200. To reserve, please call 575-642-5641 or 575-642-5696. Checks, cash, and credit cards are accepted.

About Cowboys for Cancer ResearchCowboys for Cancer Research is dedicated to raising money to support on-going cancer research projects at New Mexico State University and UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center. It honors the memory of Alma Cohorn, wife of roper Kenneth Cohorn, who died of cancer. Learn more at

About the UNM Comprehensive Cancer CenterThe University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center is the Official Cancer Center of New Mexico and the only National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in a 500-mile radius. One of the premier cancer centers nationwide, the UNM CCC has more than 125 board-certified oncology physicians, forming New Mexico’s largest cancer care team. It treats about 60 percent of adults and virtually all the children in New Mexico diagnosed with cancer — more than 10,000 people— from every county in the state in more than 135,000 clinic visits each year. Through its partnership with the New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance, an “exemplary national model for cancer health care delivery,” the UNM CCC offers access to more than 175 clinical trials to New Mexicans in every part of the state. Annual research funding of almost $60 million supports the UNM CCC’s 130 cancer scientists. Working with partners at Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories, Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, and New Mexico State University, they have developed new diagnostics and drugs for leukemia, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, liver and pancreatic cancer, brain cancer, and melanoma. Learn more at