Champagne & Ribs: "Viva, Las Vegas!" at Beaumont Civic Center, April 5

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It’s never too late for a last minute trip to Vegas. Gift of Life, who continues to fight prostate cancer, is bringing Vegas to Southeast Texas when it hosts its 13th annual Champagne & Ribs event themed “Viva, Las Vegas!” Thursday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the Beaumont Civic Center.

Event co-chairs Sheree and Vernon Pierce are helping to transform the Beaumont Civic Center into “Vegas” for the party of the year that features casino games including craps, poker, roulette, slot machines and blackjack provided by All Vegas Experience.

Dive “all in” in the all-you-can-eat-and-drink gourmet spread prepared by Bando’s with the assistance of the Golden Triangle Texas Chefs Association and Lamar University Hospitality.

Wear your blue suede shoes to dance the night away with high-energy party band Bag of Donuts, back by popular demand, and be on the lookout for The King himself, as Elvis impersonator Jeff Rainey will shaking, rattling and rolling!

This year’s “Jackpot” honorees are Commissioner Eddie Arnold, Jefferson County Precinct 1; James M. Black, attorney; John Fowler, MD, Beaumont Internal Medicine and Geriatric Associates; and Chuck Mason, president of Mason Construction, Ltd.

Tickets are $125 and can be purchased online at Sponsorships are also still available from $500-$50,000 by calling (409) 833-3663.

Guests can purchase silent and live auction packages, and a chance to win a brand new 2018 Toyota Tundra 4x2 SR5 Crewmax. Raffle tickets are $100 and with only 500 raffle truck tickets sold.

Champagne & Ribs generates funds critical to the continuation of the organization’s lifesaving services. The Gift of Life pays for all medical costs associated with its prostate cancer healthcare initiatives from screenings to diagnostic tests and cancer treatment. All funds stay local and support residents in need.

Since 2000, the Gift of Life has conducted more than 9,000 free prostate cancer screenings and helped extend the lives of 73 men who have been diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer.

Statistics reflect that the five-year survival rate for men whose prostate cancer is diagnosed early is nearly 100 percent, so during Men’s Health Month, which is June, the Gift of Life provides free prostate cancer screenings (PSA blood tests) for medically underserved Southeast Texans at sites in Beaumont, Port Arthur and Orange. Additional medical primary tests and vital educational outreach are also offered at no charge and include blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure; Hepatitis C and HIV; and critical educational information with an explanation of healthy lifestyle actions by on-site medical professionals who discuss the significance of each client’s screening outcomes. Men with abnormal test results are navigated to local and or primary care physicians.

Last year, the organization provided nearly 500 prostate cancer and wellness screenings, with more than 85 percent of participant outcomes requiring follow-up referral for healthcare. Through the program’s extensive cancer initiatives, two men were diagnosed with prostate cancer with navigational support services and treatment costs provided by Gift of Life.

The Gift of Life will host healthcare screening events from noon to 4 p.m. in Beaumont on Saturday, June 2, at the Beaumont Civic Center (701 Main Street); Port Arthur on Saturday, June 23, at the Carl A. Parker Multipurpose Center (1800 Lakeshore Drive); and in Orange on Saturday, June 30, at West Orange-Stark High School (1400 Newton Street). Contact the Gift of Life at (409) 833-3663 or the 24-hour hotline (409) 860-3369 to register.