Sunday’s inaugural Lobo All Star basketball game was a success not only for the players involved and the nearly 9,500 fans in attendance in the Pit, but also for a pair of Lobo-related causes.
Event organizer Cameron Bairstow said Monday he will donate a total of $16,000 toward the Lobo Club and to Hugh Greenwood’s Pink Pack fund.
The former Lobo and current Chicago Bull power forward also said he and fellow event organizer Brandon Mason, the former UNM assistant who is now an assistant at New Mexico Highlands, will host another event in the summer of 2016 (likely both another game with former players and another youth skills camp). He said, however, he hopes to make adjustments as needed.
“I think we learned a lot about how much goes into putting something like this together,” Bairstow said after Sunday’s game.
Later, he added, “I thought it turned out really well. … For something that was thrown together real quickly, I thought it turned out real well.”
While several of the players who participated said they would love to participate again, some also acknowledged their bodies may not always be as cooperative as many just recently finished long professional seasons.
As for the money raised, about $6,000 of the $16,000 being donated came via an in-game auction and raffle of various basketball related items. The top auctioned item on Sunday night was a Tony Snell jersey with a high bid of $1,000.
It was unclear on Monday how much money the event generated overall or how much of the revenue went to UNM and stayed with the event organizers. Though at a discount, the university did charge Bairstow for use of the Pit for the game, charged a fee for use of the UNM ticketing system, which handled ticket sales, kept a portion of merchandise sales and kept 100 percent of all concession sales.
Mike Haggerty, assistant athletic director for events at UNM, told the Journal earlier this month some costs the university was not waiving for the event included labor costs for Pit employees, security, cleanup and janitorial work.
Bairstow said he wants to hear from the fans to learn “how to make the event more special.” He said fans can provide feedback via social media (@CBairstowCamps on Twitter) or email at email@example.com.