Two New Jersey Events Net More Than $100,000 for The V Foundation

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 twoNew Jerseyevents together have netted more than $100,000 for cancer research: the Inaugural Jimmy V New Jersey Dinner and the Duffy Alberta Charity Golf Classic.  The Jimmy V New Jersey Dinner was themed “Welcome Home Dick Vitale” and honored the longtime supporter of The V Foundation andNew Jersey native, Dick Vitale.  During the sold-out event, East Rutherford’s Mayor and Vitale’s former player, Jim Cassella, announced that an East Rutherford playgrounds and basketball courts will be named in Vitale’s honor. 

“I was in awe and emotionally touched when I discovered that the basketball courts and playground inEast Rutherfordwould be named in my honor,” said Vitale.  “I’m also very excited about The V Foundation’s emerging presence inNew Jerseyand I’m optimistic about ongoing fundraising efforts in my home town.”

The Duffy Alberta Charity Golf Classic was held in Haworth, New Jersey, on October 10th to honor Charles “Duffy”Alberta, one of Vitale’s former players who passed away in January following a battle with cancer.  This event was held in conjunction with the “Welcome Home Dick Vitale” event.  Together, the two events netted more than $100,000, which will be given to pediatric cancer research through The V Foundation.

“The Duffy Alberta Charity Golf Classic has given us the opportunity to honor my dad’s legacy while raising much needed research dollars to help families touched by this terrible disease,” explained Chris Alberta, Duffy’s son.  “By designating the proceeds from our event to The V Foundation, we pay tribute to Dick for his impact on my dad’s life and his own passion for eradicating pediatric cancer.”