Jan. 31, 2012
Cary, N.C.--The V Foundation for Cancer Research, one of the nation's leading cancer research fundraising organizations, is excited to announce the Seventh Annual Dick Vitale Gala presented by Mountain Dew. The Gala, held on Friday, May 18, 2012, at the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota, Florida, is hosted by ESPN's Hall of Fame Sportscaster Dick Vitale and will honor the former head men's basketball coach for the University of Maryland Gary Williams, Hall of Fame college football coach Lou Holtz, and the head men's basketball coach for Villanova University Jay Wright. Net proceeds for the event will help fund pediatric cancer research.
"Celebrities from the sports world will focus on raising $1 million for pediatric cancer research," said Vitale. "This year's gala will have a new twist as we will end the evening with music and dancing to the Motown sound of The Spinners. Nothing excites me more than the preparation for my annual Dick Vitale Gala. It is so gratifying to see everyone uniting and demonstrating a keen sense of pride and passion to help raise dollars for kids battling cancer."
Since its inception in 2006, the event has raised over $6.5 million for pediatric cancer research. This year, net proceeds from the Gala will benefit pediatric cancer research initiatives at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa and Shands Cancer Center in Gainesville through The V Foundation. The V Foundation has awarded $6.16 million in research grants in the state of Florida.
"Dick has been a tremendous friend to The V Foundation over the years," said Nick Valvano, CEO of The V Foundation. "I'd like to personally thank Dick and this year's specials guests Lou Holtz, Gary Williams, and Jay Wright for their support of the Foundation. We are looking forward to another exciting gala this year."
The Seventh Annual Dick Vitale Gala will begin with cocktails at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and an after party featuring a live performance from musical group The Spinners.
Tickets and sponsorship opportunities for the event are now available. For more information or to purchase tickets for the Dick Vitale Gala, please visit www.jimmyv.org/vitale or contact Mary Kenealy at 941-350-0580 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The V Foundation
The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, The Foundation has raised more than $120 million to fund cancer research grants nationwide. It awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations and net proceeds of events directly to cancer research and related programs. Administrative and fundraising expenses are paid by the Foundation's endowment. The Foundation awards grants through a competitive awards process strictly supervised by a Scientific Advisory Board. For more information on The V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit www.jimmyv.org.