Your Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico is hosting our Annual Gala, with this year’s theme as James Bond “Diamonds Are Forever!”
Join us on Saturday, September 8th at 6:00 p.m. at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum.
The evening begins with a glamorous cocktail hour where all our Secret Service Agents walk down the red carpet to view a display of British Bond cars and stop at our photo booth to have a memento of the evening. Agents are then each offered a complimentary signature drink as they are guided into our Casino Room. In the Casino Room, agents may bid on fabulous silent auction packages, preview one-of-a-kind experiences up for bid in our live auction, and partake in games like Texas hold’em and blackjack. Once all the Secret Service Agents have arrived, the party moves to the Dining Room where the program begins over a full course dinner and the live auction is presented over dessert. Following dinner, agents continue their night playing casino games, dancing to music mixed by a live DJ and bidding in the silent auction until it closes at 9:30 p.m., with the night ending at 11:00 p.m.
When you purchase a ticket or make a contribution to our Gala, know that you’re furthering the important work that your Community Foundation is doing to better serve, connect and support the lives of those who call southern New Mexico home, including our 38 non-profit partners. See you there!
**Thank you for your interest in the gala. We are officially sold out and tickets are no longer available.**
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Casino Room & Non-Profit Partners
Each Secret Service Agent is given a bag of poker chips that they use throughout their evening to play games in our Casino Room. Each game is administered by representatives from our non-profit partners so each agent has the opportunity to learn about some of the vital work being done in our community by the individuals directly making the positive impact. When an agent is done collecting all their poker chip earnings they will place their poker chips into our non-profit partner buckets. We will have 38 buckets, one for each of our non-profit partners, for agents to distribute their poker chip earnings. At the end of the night the buckets with the least and most amount of poker chips will be eligible to apply for our gala grant.
Gala grant(s) values and how many grantees will be awarded is dependent on our overall gala proceeds.
All gala contributions will benefit our mission-based operations, allowing CFSNM to better serve, connect and support the lives in our region, while continuing collaborations with our 38 non-profit partners. Every gala contribution directly aids the funds available to award gala grant(s) to our non-profit partners and further their organizational efforts in southern New Mexico.
All gala contributions are eligible tax gift receipt purposes–values vary per contribution.
Get ready to Gala! There are many ways to participate in the festivities:
Do you want to sponsor this year’s gala?
Contact our Executive Director, Terra at [email protected], or click the forms below to learn more!
Do you want to advertise your business to 300+ community members?
Contact our Director of Development, April at [email protected], or click the form below to learn more!
Do you want to make a donation to this year’s gala?
Contact our Special Events Coordinator, Alexia at [email protected], or click the forms below to learn more!
Do you or the organization you represent want to volunteer at our gala?
Contact our Special Events Coordinator, Alexia at [email protected], for more information.
Frequently Asked Gala Questions:
Where and when do I get my ticket?
No physical tickets for individual tickets or table purchases will be given. Instead, your name will be on the Secret Service Agent Guest List when you arrive to the gala. Once you check in you will be given a card to remind you of your table when you move into the Dining Room.
Does CFSNM accept checks?
Yes! Please address all checks to “The Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico” and either mail it or drop it off at our office location:
2600 El Paseo Road, Las Cruces, NM 88001
Please note we are closed Monday-Thursday at 12:00-1:00 p.m. for the lunch hour and 5:00 p.m. for the day.
On Friday our office closes at 2:00 p.m. for the day.