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You’re almost as likely to find Dickie V on the streets of his hometown as you would behind the microphone during hoops season! Learn about Dickie V’s latest activities—from a scholarship event with the Boys and Girls Club to a fundraiser in downtown Lakewood Ranch, there is never a dull moment when Dickie V’s around Sarasota!

Breakfast with Three Special Youngsters

My wife and I had breakfast with Pam Eubanks (from the Observer Newspaper) and three families that have children who are battling cancer.  Eddie (3), Kyle (12) and Ashley (16).  This is what motivates me to raise money to battle cancer.  We must find a cure to this dreaded disease.  I had a beautiful time with these youngsters and their families.  

Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance

I spent the evening at the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance gathering on Main Street.  Various businesses from the local area were there to showcase their products or services.  I had fun talking with the people from the Pittsburgh Pirates who were there selling spring training tickets.  My good friend, Bob Kirschner, owner of the Broken Egg Restaurant, was there displaying menu items from his restaurant.  Also present were MGA Insurance, the Ritz Carlton Members Club, The Herald Tribune Newspaper, and many, many others.  The night showcased many of the wonderful places and services our local area has to offer.

 

 

Holiday Party for Boys and Girls Club

It was that time of year again - time for our annual Christmas party at our home! For the past several years, my wife and I have opened our home to a handful of youngsters from the Sarasota Boys and Girls Club.  They come for an afternoon of food, fun and presents! This year we had a surprise visit from Santa at the house. The kids had a blast ripping open their gifts and enjoying time with Santa.  There is nothing better than being able to bring a smile to youngsters during the holiday. I have been so blessed in my life and I feel fortunate to be able to give a little something back.

 

 

 

 

Andrea Bocelli Concert

What a terrific evening I had at the Andrea Bocelli concert in Tampa.  My wife and I went with my two daughters, two son-in-laws, and good friends Joe and Mary Barbetta. I was in awe watching him sing.  Words can not describe the strength and beauty of his voice.  A truly remarkable performance and talent!

 

 

Tires Plus

I spent the morning with the beautiful people with Tires Plus in Lakewood Ranch, FL off of State Road 70.  I am very proud to be a part of a promotion to promote their tires.  I had a super time talking with some of their customers and some of their sales people.  I can't thank Vice President, Jeremy Persinger, of Tires Plus enough for his support and efforts.

 

 


 

 

All Childrens Hospital February 2011

I can't think of a more meaningful way to spend a day than what my wife and I did today.  I was honored and thrilled to have "Dick Vitale Day at All-Children's Hospital" in Tampa.  I spent the day touring this incredible facility and visiting with all the sick youngsters.  Meeting these kids and their families makes you realize how special each day is and to never take anything we have in life for granted.  I was thrilled to be able to present each child with a copy of my new children's book, Dick Vitale's ABC's and 1-2-3's.  I read it out loud to the youngsters and it brought so many smiles and laughs to their faces.  It was really a magical day and one I will remember for a long, long time.  I can't thank the staff at All-Children's enough for their support and passion.

 

Check out some articles and videos from my special day at the All Children`s Hospital.

"Awesome, Bay-bee. Storytime with Dick Vitale" from Tampabay.com, Feb. 25, 2011 READ ARTICLE

"Dick Vitale Reads for Children" on TBO.com WATCH VIDEO

"Dick Vitale helps groups of kids learn life's ABC's and 1-2-3's" READ ARTICLE AND WATCH VIDEO

"Dickie V Reads to Kids" from WTSP.com, Feb. 25, 2011 READ ARTICLE

"Dickie V at All-Children's Hospital: It was Awesome Baby!" from All-Children's website READ ARTICLE

 

CLICK HERE to see more photos from this special day

 

FOR INFO ON HIS VISIT TO THE OKLAHOMA UNIVERSITY CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL:

"Dick Vitale Will Receive Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award" from NewsOK, April 17, 2011 READ ARTICLE

OKBlitz April 11, 2011 WATCH VIDEO

Dick Vitale Day at All-Children’s Hospital

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I can't think of a more meaningful way to spend a day than what my wife and I did today.  I was honored and thrilled to have "Dick Vitale Day at All-Children's Hospital" in Tampa.  I spent the day touring this incredible facility and visiting with all the sick youngsters.  Meeting these kids and their families makes you realize how special each day is and to never take anything we have in life for granted.  I was thrilled to be able to present each child with a copy of my new children's book, Dick Vitale's ABC's and 1-2-3's.  I read it out loud to the youngsters and it brought so many smiles and laughs to their faces.  It was really a magical day and one I will remember for a long, long time.  I can't thank the staff at All-Children's enough for their support and passion.

 

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"Awesome, Bay-bee. Storytime with Dick Vitale" from Tampabay.com, Feb. 25, 2011 READ ARTICLE

"Dick Vitale Reads for Children" on TBO.com WATCH VIDEO

"For Sick Kids Dick Vitale's Visit is Awesome Baby!" on ABC Action News WATCH VIDEO

"Dick Vitale helps groups of kids learn life's ABC's and 1-2-3's" READ ARTICLE AND WATCH VIDEO

"Dickie V Reads to Kids" from WTSP.com, Feb. 25, 2011 READ ARTICLE

"Dickie V at All-Children's Hospital: It was Awesome Baby!" from All-Children's website READ ARTICLE

 

 

CLICK HERE to see more photos from this special day

 

FOR INFO ON HIS VISIT TO THE OKLAHOMA UNIVERSITY CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL:

"Dick Vitale Will Receive Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award" from NewsOK, April 17, 2011 READ ARTICLE

FOX 25 SPORTS WATCH VIDEO

OKBlitz April 11, 2011 WATCH VIDEO

 

Dick Vitale Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament

What unbelievable tennis right here in my backyard in Lakewood Ranch!  The Dick Vitale Intercollegiate Claycourt Tennis Tournament was held this weekend featuring men's and women's teams from schools such as Duke, Florida, Notre Dame, Pepperdine, Arizona, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, Minnesota, Temple and a host of others.  The tournament is organized and run by Chris Marquez and Paul Lederman from the Lakewood Ranch Tennis Club. They do an outstanding job managing one of the premier collegiate tennis events in the country.  I hosted a party for all the players and coaches at my house on Saturday night.  Nick Bollettieri and I loved talking with all the young kids and speaking to them about having goals and the importance of making good choices.  Just a super, super event!!!!

 

 

 

The Payton Wright Foundation

What a terrific evening I had attending the "Passion of a Performer" event benefiting the Payton Wright Foundation.  The event was at The Hyatt in downtown Sarasota and featured the art of performing artist, Michael Israel.  His painting are so unique, as he paints while he is in motion and performing.  Some of his pieces were auctioned off at the event, helping to generate over a hundred thousand dollars.  I even walked away as the high bidder for ten different Muhammad Ali paintings.  I was happy to contribute what I could to this worthy, worthy cause, in memory of such a beautiful little girl. Payton lost her battle to brain cancer in May 2007.  The Payton Wright Foundation, established by her wonderful parents, Patrick and Holly Wright, supports pediatric brain research.  I can't think of a better way to spend an evening that helping such a terrific cause!  I am so proud of all the work Patrick and Holly Wright are doing!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

IMG Shoot Down Cancer Event

I was thrilled to be asked by IMG to be part of their first ever "Shoot Down Cancer Free Throw Shootout" today. The IMG Basketball Academy, headed by Andy Borman, came up with the concept.  Anyone could be a part of the event by pledging money per free throw.  I was there to encourage the shooters and to thank those for contributing to such a worthy cause.  The aim of the day was to help in the fight against breast cancer and raise awareness about healthy living in young people.  I couldn't be happier to support such a wonderful concept!  Great work IMG!

For more on the event - CLICK HERE

 


 

Sandies Awards

I was honored to be nominated for the Sandies Award for Citizen of the Year in the Lakewood Ranch area.  The awards are part of the Observer Newspaper and the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance.  I was one of three finalists along with Don O'Leary and Julie Aranibar.  Congratulations to Don O'Leary for winning the award.  He is a former fire fighter and has done marvelous things for our community.  The first annual event was held at the Polo Club in Lakewood Ranch.  Other winners include:
 

Business of the Year - Neal Communities, Owner Pat Neal

Entrepreneurial Spirit - Tommy and Jaymie Klauber of the Polo Grill and Bar

Corporate Philanthropy - Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, John Saputo

 

 

 

 

 

Quote of the Week

"It is super to be a 'Canes fans a la A Rod. and J. Lo after Miami beat Notre Dame."

  -Dick Vitale