Returning for the Right Reasons

Lon Kruger might not coach basketball in Las Vegas anymore, but his charitable involvement in the Valley has not subsided.

A hefty contract lured Kruger away from UNLV to Oklahoma in April 2011, but his heart doesn’t appear to have ever left. Kruger, who led UNLV to four NCAA tournament appearances in his seven seasons at the helm, still has the house he recently built in Southern Highlands, and in a few years, he’ll likely retire in Vegas to a life of golf and leisure.

His attachment to the community will be on display yet again on May 20, when Kruger will co-host with UNLV coach Dave Rice the fifth annual Coaches vs. Cancer: Party With a Purpose, benefiting the American Cancer Society.

The party will be at Hyde Lounge at Bellagio from 4-6 p.m. and includes a performance by comedian Rodney Carrington. The event will give attendees a chance to dine, drink and mingle with college basketball coaches from around the country and take part in a silent auction.

The event has grown each year—in 2011, it raised almost $200,000 for cancer research. That growth will likely continue, as Kruger will continue to have a vested interest in what has become his second home.

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