Sunland Park Gala Featuring Joe Montana Sold Out

Monday, March 19, 2012 - 6:46pm

Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino announces a sold out crowd for the 9th annual Sunland Derby Gala benefitting United Blood Services featuring key note speaker Joe Montana!

When: Saturday, March 24th 6:30 PM
What: Sunland Park Gala benefitting United Blood Services
Where: Sunland Park Signature Showroom

Featuring: 49er’s great and Notre Dame graduate Joe Montana

United Blood Services is proud and excited to once again be the benefactor of the 9thannual Sunland Park Gala, the premier event prior to the famous Sunland Derby.

United Blood Services is your community non-profit blood bank and provides a safe and adequate blood supply to18 area hospitals in El Paso and Southern New Mexico, through recruitment of volunteer blood donors. The blood collected in our area is prepared for human transfusion use at our lab at 424 S. Mesa Hills Dr, which is our main office. After the testing procedure is complete, the blood is then delivered to our area hospitals.

Area businesses and many individuals have come together to sponsor this wonderful event including the Notre Dame Fan Club, Wounded Warriors from Ft. Bliss and so many fans of Joe Montana.

“United Blood Services is proud of the work accomplished here and the lives we change”, states Sergio Carrasco, Executive Director of UBS. He personally thanks Stan Fulton, Harold Payne and the entire staff of Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino for being our heroes!

Proceeds from this wonderful event are used to assist United Blood Services in recruiting, training and educating volunteer blood donors and coordinators and to provide area high school scholarships.


Widely considered the best NFL quarterback of all time, Joe Montana personifies performance excellence and personal integrity both on and off the field. Yet the word most closely associated with him is not winner — it's leader.

Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49ers won four Super Bowls and were the team of the 1980's. What they accomplished in football may never be equaled. Montana won more than 70 percent of the games he started during his 16-year career with the team. He is the all-time NFL Leader in quarterback ratings (93.4). Known for his agility, his vision, his extreme accuracy as a passer and his capacity to retain and act upon staggering loads of information, Montana's excellence as a player is legendary.

He is one of the toughest quarterbacks ever to play the game. He performed with broken fingers, cracked ribs, a separated shoulder, a ruptured disc in his back, a torn elbow tendon, a bruised sternum and several bad concussions. His physical bravery became just one more exceptional trait that was par for the course with Montana.

His trademark was unflappable poise in the clutch. Joe Cool, he was sometimes tagged, and he played with the same calm determination whether it was a scrimmage or the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl. He learned to play every game as though it were the most important game of his career.

One of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, Joe Montana enjoyed an illustrious 16-year career with the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs. He now brings his lessons of preparation, teamwork and performance under pressure to large and small business audiences. A master of late-game comebacks, he directed his teams to 31 fourth quarter come-from-behind wins during his career. Twice named the NFL's Most Valuable Player, Joe led the 49ers to four Super Bowl wins, earning three Super Bowl Most Valuable Player awards. He was selected to eight Pro Bowls and named All-Pro five times. Joe retired from professional football in 1995 and in recognition of his achievements he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.

Since retiring from professional football, he has become a popular motivational speaker, a partner with 49ers teammates Harris Barton and Ronnie Lott in Champion Ventures, now HRJ Capital, a Silicon Valley private equity fund with over $650 million in assets and an active real estate investor. Montana also teamed up with performance coach Tom Mitchell to write a book, The Winning Spirit: 16 Timeless Principles That Drive Performance Excellence which was released in September 2005.

Joe is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing. He lives with his family in California.


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