The 4th Annual Dick Vitale Gala to benefit the V Foundation for Cancer Research held on May 15, 2009 at the Ritz Carlton Sarasota raised over $1.1 million in its one night event. This is the fourth consecutive year that the Gala has raised $1 million to fund cancer research. This year's funds will be distributed to two grants: one at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL for pediatric cancer and one at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL to fund lung cancer research.
"I am overwhelmed with the sell out crowd of over 750 that we had Friday night at the Ritz. The local Sarasota / Bradenton community and, of course, the basketball community, came out in such a huge way to help me reach my goal of raising $1 million. I am truly ecstatic over the success of this event and am so thankful to everyone who helped us."
Plans are already underway for next years event to be held on May 21, 2010. The honorees will be former Bucs and Colts Head Coach, Tony Dungy and Michigan State Head Coach, Tom Izzo. Tickets for the 2010 event are available now by calling 1 800 4 JIMMY V.