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2020 Dick Vitale Gala sets record fundraising total

The event has now raised $37 million over 15 years
by: Ryan Kohn Sports Reporter

Dick Vitale and the V Foundation for Cancer Research announced Monday that the 2020 Dick Vitale Gala, which was held virtually Sept. 4, raised $7.4 million in conjunction with VItale' year-round fundraising, setting a record for the event. 

“I am in awe of the generosity and kindness shown in making this Gala so special,” Vitale said in a release. “To think that we achieved record-breaking numbers with a virtual gala while facing the challenging pandemic is simply a tribute to all the beautiful people that joined in to help kids battling cancer. All I can say is, thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone that was part of this incredible effort.”

The event has raised approximately $37 million over its 15 years. 

The 2021 event, planned for May 7 at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, has lined up its honorees: University of Florida football coach Dan Mullen, Auburn University men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame coach Muffet McGraw and ESPN SportsCenter host Scott Van Pelt. The V Foundation John Saunders Courage Award will also be presented to ESPN NFL reporter Chris Mortensen.

For information on the gala or to make a donation, call 350-0580, email [email protected] or donate at

I’m the sports reporter for Sarasota and East County and a Missouri School of Journalism graduate. I was born and raised in Olney, MD. My biggest inspirations are Wright Thompson and Alex Ovechkin. My strongest belief is that mint chip ice cream is unbeatable.

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