Dick Vitale Gala Raises Money for Pediatric Cancer at the Sarasota Ritz Carlton

By | June 4, 2014

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V Foundation Gala 2014

V Foundation Gala at the Ritz Carlton

Years ago Dick Vitale, popular sports announcer and Sarasota resident lost a dear friend, Jim Valvano to cancer. As a tribute to him, Dick Vitale formed the ‘V Foundation’ to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer research. ‘Don’t give up, you can never give up’ became the motto. Sarasota is a wonderful venue to host such an event! Young cancer survivors, coaches, big sports figures and celebrities filled the beautiful Ritz Carlton ballroom, but most important this years gala raised 2.1 million dollars for the cause. I feel blessed to have been a part of the evening, it was very touching to say the least.. No one says it better than Dick Vitale…. ‘Awesome baby’…..

Debra & Nick Wallenda at V Foundation Gala

Me with local celebrity Nick Wallenda!

“Never has there been a better place to live” says Debra and she knows what she’s talking about! I guess knowing the community is the important part of selling real estate, isn’t it? With so much to offer from world class arts and theatre, to spring training and nature parks, she is happy to show you first hand! She knows Sarasota and Manatee communities inside and out!


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