8th Annual Dick Vitale Gala Interview

SARASOTA – The 8th Annual Dick Vitale Gala will be held next month, and this year he will honor Florida State legend Bobby Bowden, former UConn national championship coach Jim Calhoun, and Kansas hoops coach Bill Self.[youtube_sc url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlCLKlhwa30&feature=youtu.be”]

Vitale makes his paycheck as a color analyst for college basketball on ESPN, but it’s the money he raises to battle pediatric cancer that will cement his legacy. “So far we have raised $8.7 million. We need $1.3 million (to reach $10 million), and I can tell you we will get that done. We have sold out all of the raffle tickets for the Mercedes we will draw for at the gala.”

Just like his pal, the late Jimmy Valvano exhorted us all to do, Dickie V never gives up. “Every dollar we get there goes towards the millions. It’s not easy to get a million dollars, but I am begging and I am pleading. I will do it until my last breath.”

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