Kate Spade New York and “Criminal Minds” Matthew Gray Gubler team up to raise money for ALA Las Vegas chapter
Spring is in the air and this benefit for the American Lung Association of Nevada is all about improving the quality of the air, while at the same time, making sure we all have healthy lungs with which to breath that clean air.
Held at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas the “Live Colorfully” spring fashion show and fundraiser was presented by designer Kate Spade New York.
“We are just so thrilled to have over 80 items for our silent auction from wonderful businesses throughout the Las Vegas area who have donated,” said Tami Corbin event co-chair.
This is the group’s first attempt at going solo, hosting the entire Kate Spade New York show without any outside help. Corbin said that although this is the first annual fashion show there will be of many more to come and ALA committee members are already looking forward to next year.
It’s all about who you know
Native Nevadan and television star, Matthew Gray Gubler from the hit CBS series “Criminal Minds” made a special guest appearance at the luncheon and held an impromptu Q & A session for fans. Matthew Gray Gubler just happens to be the son of Marilyn Gubler the “Live Colorfully” event chair and ALA board member.
Matthew Gubler laughed along with the audience when his mother raised her hand to ask a question saying, “Mom you could have asked me that at home.” He also made fun of himself when he couldn’t make out his own “chicken scratch” speech he was struggling to read from a yellow legal pad. Gubler said he even took time out to research the subject matter and was “quite surprised at the information he found”.
Staggering lung disease statistics
“I found out that smoking is the leading cause of statistics,” mocked Gubler. “If you just do a google search and type in smoking or lung cancer you will be barraged with never ending facts and numbers, like how one in every three Americans is affected by lung diseas and how COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is the third leading cause of death and if you get lung cancer the odds are 95% that you will die.”
Gubler even shared a few of his personal twitter messages sent after he tweeted about attending the lung association fundraiser.
“I typically receive a lot of tweets, but the response to my tweet about lung cancer was like absolutely flabbergasting,” said Gubler. “Which just reminds you how far reaching and serious a disease like lung cancer is.”
Marilyn Gubler has been involved with the American Lung Association for a number of years, saying she is “motivated by the large numbers of people in Nevada afflicted with lung and breathing problems”.
“All the money raised will go towards our programs,” Marilyn Gubler continued. “We have an asthma camp for children who have never been able to be outdoors and do vigorous activities, we lobby to try and cut down on all the ambient smoke problems and breathing and we work with people who have COPD.”
Clean air, healthy lungs
Raising over $50,000 the American Lung Association of Nevada members have a strong commitment to fighting lung disease and bringing fresh air to Nevada. For more information or to find out about resources contact the local offices at (702) 431 6333 or visit the web at www.lungnevada.org/vegas
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