Supporters and Celebrities Gather To Honor Dabo Swinney, Avery Johnson and Chris Fowler At Annual Dick Vitale Gala Event to Fund Cutting-Edge Pediatric Cancer Research

Supporters and Celebrities Gather To Honor Dabo Swinney, Avery Johnson and Chris Fowler At Annual Dick Vitale Gala Event to Fund Cutting-Edge Pediatric Cancer Research

The V Foundation for Cancer Research, one of the nation’s leading cancer research funding organizations, is excited to announce the 14th Annual Dick Vitale Gala. ESPN Hall of Fame Sportscaster and passionate cancer research advocate Dick Vitale will host the event, which will take place on Friday, May 10, 2019, at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, Florida.

As sports and entertainment celebrities gather to raise funds for pediatric cancer research, the Gala will honor Clemson University National Championship football coach Dabo Swinney, ESPN Broadcaster Chris Fowler and former NFL and college basketball coach and NFL championship player, Avery Johnson. In addition, the John Saunders Award of Courage will be bestowed upon Lee Corso and Holly Rowe, both from ESPN and Vitale’s 40th Anniversary with ESPN will be recognized.

In its 13-year history, the Dick Vitale Gala has raised more than $25.2 million for pediatric cancer research and brings national attention to the need for more research as statistics indicate only 4% of cancer funding goes to pediatrics.

“We need money for pediatric research to help youngsters battling cancer,” said Vitale. “There is nothing more tragic than watching a mom and dad put a child to rest. Until my last breath, I’ll help young people facing this challenge.”



The Dick Vitale Gala continues to draw scores of notable celebrities and hundreds of supporters to Sarasota annually. This year’s event will be headlined by three noteworthy sports individuals being recognized for their successes and commitment to the fight against cancer. Clemson’s National Championship football coach Dabo Swinney just finished the season undefeated, first to go 15-0 in modern history. Renowned sports anchor, Chris Fowler, is most recognized for his role on College GameDay and has spent over a quarter century at ESPN with two Sports Emmy Awards. Former NBA and College Head Basketball Coach Avery Johnson has had a long career as both an NBA player for 16 years and NBA coach with appearance in the NBA Finals.

“Pediatric cancer research has no better ally than Dick Vitale,” said Susan Braun, CEO of The V Foundation. “The energy and enthusiasm that he brings to fundraising for this cause is inspiring. We are looking forward to another amazing evening in support of children’s cancer research.”

The Dick Vitale Gala is one of The V Foundation’s annual signature events. This year’s event will begin with a “Celebrity Meet & Greet Private Pre-Party” at 6:00 p.m. and include entertainment from Tony Award Winner Christian Hoff, one of the original Jersey Boys. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are now available. Individual tickets start at $1,000 and sponsorship opportunities at $5,000. Corporate and presenting sponsors will also receive invitations to a private reception at the Vitale’s home on Saturday, May 11, 2019.

For more information about the 14th Annual Dick Vitale Gala or to purchase tickets, please visit the website .

About The V Foundation for Cancer Research
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 funded more than $225 million in cancer research grants nationwide. It awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations to cancer research and related programs. Due to generous donors, the Foundation has an endowment that covers administrative expenses. The Foundation awards peer-reviewed grants through a competitive awards process vetted by a Scientific Advisory Committee. For more information on The V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit the website .

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