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The V Foundation for Cancer Research Announces the Inaugural Jimmy V New Jersey Dinner

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The Breeders’ Cup today announced it has selected The V Foundation for Cancer Research as its primary non-profit beneficiary for the 28th running of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, to be held November 4-5 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. The V Foundation has been the primary non-profit beneficiary of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships since 2009. During the past two years, the Breeders’ Cup has raised more than $350,000 through donations to The V Foundation, an organization founded by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano in 1993.

The V Foundation for Cancer Research, one of the nation’s leading cancer research fundraising organizations, and the New Jersey Friends of V are excited to announce that tickets to the inaugural Jimmy V New Jersey Dinner are on now sale.  The event themed “Welcome Home Dick Vitale” featuring New Jersey’s favorite son will take place on Friday, September 30, at the Brownstone in Paterson, New Jersey.  ESPN sportscaster Bob Ley will host the evening’s events that will include a speech from special guest and Notre Dame head men’s basketball coach, Mike Brey.  Net proceeds from the event will benefit cancer research through The V Foundation.

This event means the world to me.   To be welcomed back to New Jersey by family and friends is going to be great. I started out with a very humble upbringing, and now, I’m living the American Dream,” said Dick Vitale.  “I learned from my mom and dad, who didn’t have a formal education, but had doctorates of love. They told me that if you gave 110 percent all the time, a lot of beautiful things will happen.  I may not always be right, but no one can ever accuse me of not having a genuine love and passion for whatever I do.”

The dinner will honor Dick Vitale’s return to his home state of New Jersey where he was born, attended college at Seton Hall University, began his coaching career at Garfield High School and continued on at East Rutherford High School and Rutgers University.  Since his time in New Jersey, Vitale has spent over 30 years as a broadcaster, highlighted by his induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.

Individual tickets and sponsorships are currently available for this event.  For more information about the Jimmy V New Jersey Dinner or other events from The V Foundation, please call 1-800-4JIMMYV or visit www.jimmyv.org.   For media credentials, please contact Sherrie Mazur at 919-380-9505.