The Dick Vitale gala to raise money for the V Foundation in the fight against cancer was really a special, special evening. We honored Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, who really wowed the crowd of close to 650 people, who paid $1,000 a piece to attend. Also honored was a local superstar, Eileen Curd, who has raised thousands and thousands of dollars for the fight against cancer. This one evening raised over $1,000,000 for cancer research - that is AWESOME BABY!
There was so much emotion and passion in that room. There were several cancer survivors in attendance, and others fighting the disease. There was so much courage there. Everywhere you looked, their were star coaches from the world of sports. I can't thank those guys enough as they paid their own way to attend, transportation, hotel, etc.
In attendance were: Tom Izzo of Michigan State, Rick Pitino of Louisville, Bill Self of Kansas, John Calipari of Memphis, Gary Williams of Maryland, Tom Crean of Marquette, Kelvin Sampson of Indiana, Mike Brey of Notre Dame, Stan Heath of South Florida, Fred Hill of Rutgers, Derreck Whittenberg of Fordham, Florida assisant coach Larry Shyatt, and ESPN's own Fran Fraschilla. The NBA was well represented by Chuck Daly, Mike Fratello, Brian Hill, Terry Stotts and referee Bob Delaney.
Others from the world of sports in attendance included Tampa Bay Lightning coach John Tortorella, a Stanley Cup champion, Lightning president Ron Campbell, tennis guru Nick Bolletieri, Jon LeCrone (Horizon League commissioner), and former NBA stars Johnny Dawkins, Mark Alarie and Ed Pinckney.
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