By Garrett Estrada
Ely Times Staff Writer
Ely resident Monte Robinson was celebrated at a benefit dinner and auction on Saturday at the Bristlecone Convention Center. Crowds of people showed up to show their support for Robinson, who has been suffering from small cell lung cancer since September of 2013.
Event organizer Hailey Ruesch said they were able to raise $14,803 to be deposited in a benefit account for Robinson that will help him and his family pay for medical bills, travel expenses and more.
“I thought it went fantastic,” Ruesch said. “I can’t believe how many people came out to help. We raised a lot of money but what really helped was Monte seeing how many people came out to support him, that really raised his spirits.”
The benefit included a $25 catered dinner from the Copper Queen Hotel as well as live music, raffles and even an auction. Items like hunting rifles, paintings and mining memorabilia were sold to the highest bidder.
Robinson will spend the next two weeks at the Huntsman Cancer Center in Salt Lake City receiving chemotherapy and other treatments to help fight the cancer that has spread to his spine, brain and internal organs.