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Gala grows from small beginnings

Updated: May 16, 2013, 5:55 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

It all started with a phone call from Nick Valvano, the CEO of the V Foundation and brother of the late, great Jim Valvano.

When Nick called and said he wanted to give more awareness to cancer research down in my area in Florida, he proposed a small gathering at my house.

The suggestion was 30-40 for that evening. Instead, the first gala had 300 in attendance and raised over $300,000. There were many stars there that night, people like Billy Donovan and Ronde Barber, and it was ...

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