13th Annual Dick Vitale Gala to Support Pediatric Cancer Research through the V Foundation for Cancer Research

The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a top-rated cancer charity, and ESPN Hall of Fame Sportscaster Dick Vitale team up again to raise funds for pediatric cancer research at the 13th Annual Dick Vitale Gala on May 11 at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, in Florida.

For their commitment to the fight against cancer and their coaching successes, this year’s Gala will honor Michigan Football Coach Jim Harbaugh and Florida State Men’s Basketball Head Coach Leonard Hamilton, as well as Mike Greenberg, ESPN Television and Radio Star, who has published a new children’s book with all author’s proceeds benefiting the V Foundation.

The stars are joining together to support Vitale’s mission, with the appearance of all four of the NCAA Final Four Coaches National Championship Coach Jay Wright of Villanova University, Michigan University’s John Beilein, Bill Self of the University of Kansas and Porter Moser of Loyola University Chicago.  Hall of Fame players David Robinson and Grant Hill will be in attendance, adding their star power to a cause that will bring more than 80 celebrities to Sarasota.

“I am ecstatic to know that all four coaches who took their teams to prominence to the Final Four in San Antonio this year have agreed to join us at our Dick Vitale Gala to help us raise dollars for kids battling cancer. I sincerely thank Coach Jay Wright, Coach John Beilein, Coach Bill Self and Coach Porter Moser, for giving their time to help us towards the cause. That means so much to so many people. Join us at my Gala; will sell out,” said Dick Vitale.

One of the V Foundation’s signature events, net proceeds from the 13th Annual Dick Vitale Gala will fund pediatric cancer research grants awarded to leading scientists across the country under the guidance of the V Foundation’s world-class Scientific Advisory Committee.  The Gala has raised more than $21 million to fund cutting-edge research to help children with cancer.  A limited number of tickets are still available and start at $1,000.

For more information about the 13th Annual Dick Vitale Gala or to purchase tickets, please contact the Dick Vitale Gala Office at 941-350-0580 or visit