May 2009

Journal May 15, 2009

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.



Journal May 24, 2009

What an unbelievable weekend I had in Indianapolis for the Indy 500 race. I was asked to be the Grand Marshal for the parade and various festivities. I had never been to the race before so it was a thrill and I brought along my entire family, including my 5 grandkids. The parade on Saturday was spectacular, with thousands of people lining the streets. Also making appearances were Dancing With the Stars finalist, Gilles Marini, EXTRA host, Mario Lopez, 2009 Miss America, Katie Stamm, and Vegas star, Josh Duhamel. 

Race day was simply magical - over 250,000 people gathered at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I rode in one of the pace cars to start the race. It is something I will never forget - we were going around 110 mph and all the drivers were following behind us getting ready to begin the race. The noise of the cars and the speed at which they are going can only be appreciated when watching it in person. Helio Castroneves was victorious at the end of the 200 laps. He scaled the fence and celebrated with milk. It was truly an unbelievable weekend - an amazing sporting event.

View more photos of the parade.


Journal May 14, 2009

I had a great time speaking for Selective Insurance Group in Palm Beach, FL. The meeting was for their top agents who were honored at the Ritz Carlton Resort. It was a beautiful event and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to speak to them. CEO, President and Chariman for Selective Insurance, Greg Murphy (a Boston College lover), Vice Presidents John Marchioni and Chuck Musilli, were so welcoming to me and my wife. I can't thank Deb Taylor for organizing such a first class event. 



Quote of the Week

“John Calipari is like a CEO of a major corporation and is a money machine for BBN. He earns everyone of those dollars he is receiving.”

-Dick Vitale