2019 UA Arthritis Center Bear Down Luncheon Teams Up With UA Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, May 8

Kevin Sumlin and Dave Heeke will be the guest speakers at the event that benefits research to identify the causes and improve the diagnosis and treatment of the more than 100 forms of arthritis.

Building upon a long tradition of mutual support, the University of Arizona Arthritis Center once again will team up with the UA Department of Intercollegiate Athletics for the 2019 University of Arizona Arthritis Center Bear Down Luncheon to benefit the Center and its research efforts. This event is sponsored by Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment.

This unique event will be held Wednesday, May 8, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 6360 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson.

The guest speakers will be Kevin Sumlin, UA head football coach, and Dave Heeke, UA vice president and director of athletics.

Sumlin, a three-time national Coach of the Year finalist, was named Arizona’s 32nd head coach on Jan. 14, 2018. Sumlin came to Arizona after serving as the head football coach at Texas A&M University from 2012 to 2017, compiling a 51-26 record, including three bowl victories.

Heeke was named vice president and director of athletics at the UA in February 2017 following an 11-year stint as the athletics director at Central Michigan University. Heeke’s vision for Arizona Athletics centers around a culture of excellence, a focus on a first-class student-athlete experience, championship-caliber competitive performances on the field, on the court and in the classroom, as well as enhancing the fan experience.

Tickets for the luncheon are $100 per person ($56 tax deductible) or $550 for a table of six ($285 tax deductible). For sponsorship opportunities, please call Tracy Shake at 520-626-6046.

For reservations or more information, please call the UA Arthritis Center, 520-626-6399. Kindly reply by Friday, May 3.

About the University of Arizona Arthritis Center

The UA Arthritis Center, a Center of Excellence at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson, is a research leader with a focus on identifying the causes of arthritis and developing improved diagnosis, measurement and treatment of the disease.