Thursday, October 18, 2018
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Thank you for helping raise over $21 million for pediatric cancer research over the past 12 years!

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May 11, 2018

$3.12 Million raised at last year’s gala!

• 13th Anniversary of the Dick Vitale Gala – one of Sarasota’s signature events
• At the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Sarasota
• More than 900 attendees, including celebrities from the world of sports and entertainment, are expected to attend again this year.
• For more information visit or call Mary Kenealy Events at (941) 350-0580

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2018 Honorees

Jim Harbaugh

Head Coach, University of Michigan Football

Mike Greenberg

ESPN Television & Radio Star

Leonard Hamilton

Head Coach, Florida State University Men’s Basketball
Dick Vitale Gala- V Foundation


  • Founded in 1993 by the late North Carolina State Basketball Coach and ESPN commentator Jim Valvano
  • The V Foundation has funded more than $200 million in cancer research grants nationwide since 1993
  • 100% of cash donations to The V Foundation go to research and related programs thanks to an endowment that covers administrative expenses
  • Grants are awarded through a peer review process and strictly supervised by a scientific advisory committee
  • For more information on The V Foundation visit


  • Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among U.S. children between infancy and age 15
  • Cancers found in children are biologically different than those seen in adults
  • Only 4% of federal government cancer research goes to pediatric cancer research according to the Coalition Against Childhood Cancer
  • Every day, approximately 250 kids around the world die from cancer.
  • On average, pediatric hospitalizations for cancer cost almost five times as much as hospitalizations for other pediatric conditions.
  • Pediatric cancer is not one disease. It is made up of more than 12 major types and over 100 subtypes.
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