"For the seventh consecutive year, Sarasota will be the toast of the sports world," said Vitale. "The gala will have so many big names, led by our honorees, Lou Holtz, Gary Williams and Jay Wright. Then you have the likes of John Calipari, Rick Pitino, Billy Donovan, Bob Huggins, Frank Martin, Leonard Hamilton and Jim Calhoun from college basketball, baseball's Gary Sheffield, new Bucs coach Greg Schiano, Heisman Trophy winner Vinny Testaverde, Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher and many more. It should be awesome, baby, with a capital A as we raise over $1 million for pediatric cancer research."
Among others scheduled to attend the Gala are the NFL's Ricky Watters, Reggie Brooks, and Ken Dorsey as well as New York Giants' offensive lineman David Baas. NCAA men's basketball will be represented by Final Four coaches Calipari and Pitino as well as Mike Brey (Notre Dame) Mark Gottfried (NC State), Ben Howland (UCLA), Jim Calhoun (UConn) and Scott Drew (Baylor). College football coaches in attendance will include Skip Holtz (South Florida) and Charlie Strong (Louisville). ESPN sports radio and television personality Colin Cowherd as well as college basketball insider for CBS Sports and Sirius/XM Radio Jon Rothstein will also be in attendance.
The Seventh Annual Dick Vitale Gala will be held on May 18, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota. During the event, a winner of the Dick Vitale Car Raffle will be announced. The winner will receive a Mars Red Mercedes E350A. Tickets for the raffle are on sale now. Only 1,500 car raffle tickets will be sold for a suggested minimum donation of $100. Following the Gala, an after party will include live music featuring R&B group The Spinners.
For more information about the Dick Vitale Gala, contact Mary Kenealy at 941-350-0580. To purchase Gala tickets, raffle tickets or for official rules for the raffle, please contact The V Foundation at 1-800-4JimmyV (1-800-454-6698) or visit http://www.jimmyv.org/events/dick-vitale-gala/.
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