The 17th Annual Jimmy V Basketball Classic New York Dinner Auction Set to Kick Off College Basketball Season

Tickets On Sale for the NYC Event with Net Proceeds Benefitting Cancer ResearchThe 17th Annual

The V Foundation for Cancer Research, one of the nation’s leading cancer research fundraising organizations, Madison Square Garden and Team ESPN are proud to announce that tickets to the 17th Annual Jimmy V Basketball Classic New York Dinner Auction are on sale. The benefit will take place on Thursday, October 13, at PIER SIXTY at New York City’s Chelsea Piers and marks the tipoff of the college basketball season.  Net proceeds from the auction will benefit The V Foundation and represents the charitable portion of the Jimmy V Basketball Classics to be played at Madison Square Garden on December 6.

“This event is always near and dear to us at The V Foundation because it represents so many things that my brother Jim loved so much – basketball at The Garden, fellowship with coaches, good food, good conversation,” said Nick Valvano, CEO of The V Foundation.  “It also represents our mission to raise money to fund research in Jim’s name.  We are always honored that the Classic coaches come to New York for this traditional start to the collegiate basketball season in New York and we sincerely hope that our friends in the area will embrace the event and come out to support The Foundation.”

St. John’s head men’s basketball coach, Steve Lavin, and ESPN college basketball analysts Bill Raftery and Dereck Whittenburg will host as event co-chairmen.  The event will include a cocktail hour, sponsored by Robert Mondavi winery, a silent auction, dinner and a program.  Featured guests will include coaches from the Jimmy V Basketball Classics, specifically, Marquette’s Buzz Williams, Missouri’s Frank Haith, Villanova’s Jay Wright, Washington’s Lorenzo Romar, Connecticut’s Geno Auriemma and Texas A&M’s Gary Blair. New York area collegiate coaches are also invited to attend.  

Tickets to the Jimmy V Basketball Classic New York Dinner Auction are available at a variety of levels, from individual seats to full tables.  Sponsorship packages are also available, which include game tickets to the Men’s Jimmy V Basketball Classic in December.

For more information about the Jimmy V Basketball Classic New York Dinner Auction or to order tickets, please contact The V Foundation at 1-800-4JimmyV or visit