Ninth Annual Dick Vitale Gala to Honor Nick Saban, Mike Brey and Tom Crean

Net Proceeds of the Event to be Awarded to Pediatric Cancer Research through The V Foundation

The V Foundation for Cancer Research, one of the nation’s leading cancer research funding organizations, is proud to announce the Ninth Annual Dick Vitale Gala.  The Gala, hosted by ESPN’s Hall of Fame Sportscaster Dick Vitale, will be held on Friday, May 16, 2014, at the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota, Florida.  University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban, University of Notre Dame head men’s basketball coach Mike Brey and Indiana University head men’s basketball coach Tom Crean will be honored during the event.  Net proceeds of the event will be awarded to pediatric cancer research and related programs through The V Foundation.

“We are so thrilled that we went over the ten dollar million mark for Cancer research with funds raised at our Gala,” said Dick Vitale.  “Most of all, the night will be devoted to the children battling that dreaded disease… Cancer. We are honored to have many of those children with us at the Gala for the program that evening.  My Goal is to continue to raise critical funds until the day of my last breath. No child should be enduring Chemotherapy and Radiation when they should be playing.”

Last year, the Dick Vitale Gala raised more than $1.7 million for pediatric cancer research, bringing the event’s total to more than $10 million in its eight year history.  The event routinely draws notable celebrities from the world of sports and entertainment, including many NCAA men’s basketball coaches.

“This event is not to be missed,” said Susan Braun, CEO of The V Foundation.  “Dick Vitale and his team exude their passion for the fight against cancers that hurt our children and their families.  It is a joyous, meaningful, extraordinary way to do good in the world.”

The evening will begin with a “Celebrity Meet & Greet Private Pre-Party” at 6:30 p.m.  and include after-party entertainment featuring the Four Tops, an American vocal quartet.  Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are now available.  Individual tickets start at $1,000 and sponsorship opportunities at $5,000.  Corporate and presenting sponsors will receive exclusive invitations to a reception at Dick Vitale’s home on Saturday, May 17. 

A raffle drawing for a 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLA V-edition will occur during the Gala.  Tickets for the raffle are offered at a suggested $100 minimum donation.  The car includes many special features including custom seating with a light gray base seat, red stitching and gray suede inserts, customized stitched headrests, custom colored wheels, an aluminum badge engraved with Dick Vitale’s signature and more.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit or contact Danielle Smith at [email protected].