St. Paul, Minn. (March 13, 2012) – A benefit and silent auction in the name of playwright and performance artist, Katie Ka Vang, 32, has generated donation items from businesses and organizations across the Twin Cities. The We Love Katie Gala and Benefit will take place on March 16 at 7:30 p.m. located at the Prom Center Event Facility in Oakdale.
The benefit is a black tie optional/cocktail dress event that will feature a silent auction with one-of-a-kind items, live performances, dinner buffet, and a cash bar. The silent auction will include items that have been generously donated from the Guthrie Theatre, Crown Plaza, Sushi Tango, and many more local Twin Cities businesses and organizations.
Vang was diagnosed on January 3 with Stage 4 Anaplastic T-Cell Large Lymphoma. The We Love Katie Gala and Benefit was created as a means to offset Vang’s medical and living expenses. Vang’s first visit to the hospital was in December 2011 when she did not have medical insurance. Due to the cancer, Vang has been on medical leave and will continue for the next two months. Currently, her medical bill is over $70,000.
“When Katie was diagnosed with cancer, I think everyone imagined the worst and just hoped for the best,” said friend and planning committee member, Kathy Mouacheupao. “Since then, she has had four rounds of chemo and even the doctors are impressed by how well she is recovering.”
Mu Performing Arts is among the group of organizations donating to the silent auction. “Mu was more than happy to support.” said Katie Bradley from Mu Performing Arts. “We have worked with Katie before and we’ve built a relationship with her.” In addition to donating a pair of free tickets, Mu is donating a performance from Taiko drumming group, Mu Daiko.
“The goal of the gala is to not only raise money,” said Mouacheupao. “We want to share her story. Katie is strong and in high spirits”
For more information on the We Love Katie Gala and Benefit contact Sai Chang at [email protected]. Vang’s journey is documented on her CaringBridge website at http://www.caringbridge.