Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic to end after 20 years
Posted December 14, 2013
Cary, N.C. — After 20 years of successful fundraising, the Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic will no longer be the centerpiece of the V Foundation's activities in the Triangle, the foundation announced on Friday.
Charity organizers said in a release that they are giving up the tournament to focus local efforts elsewhere, including a new partnership with the Rock 'n' Roll Raleigh Marathon.
"The Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic generated tremendous fundraising and exposure for The V Foundation. Moving forward, we are strategically developing new platforms that allow us to engage an even more diverse group of supporters and partners," Nick Valvano, president emeritus of The V Foundation, said in a statement.
"We will forever be grateful for the work and dedication of Golf Classic Executive Director Frank McCann, the board of directors and thousands of Golf Classic volunteers who have been tirelessly devoted to finding a cure for cancer. I know Jim would have been proud of all the accomplishments over the past 20 years."
Since its inception, the Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic has generated about $13.5 million for cancer research. About 500,000 fans have attended the 20 classics, The V Foundation said, and hundreds of celebrities have attended to help raise money.
Michael Jordan, Darius Rucker, Mia Hamm, Charles Barkley, Kevin Costner, Paul Dimeo, Stuart Scott and Arnold Palmer and other celebrities have attended.
The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and former North Carolina State University basketball coach Valvano. The charity has funded more than $115 million in cancer research grants.