• Krzyzewski Helps Raise Record $10.6 Million for Cancer Research

    Posted: August 11th, 2015

    coach-k-v-foundation-2015For a few minutes on Saturday night, even nonathletic, over-intellectual types got a glimpse of what it might be like to be in the locker room when a famous coach is exhorting his team to get out there and win.

    Only in this case, Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University’s legendary basketball coach, addressed some 575 guests wearing suits and slinky dresses, dining on lobster and steak and sipping wines under a massive tent at Nickel & Nickel winery. And the other guy who Krzyzewski was out to beat was cancer.

    Krzyzewski, whose team won the 2015 National Championship, was himself just one part of a team on Saturday night, at the V Foundation’s 17th annual Wine Celebration in Napa Valley.

    The weekend’s activities included a scientific seminar on cancer research the charitable group has helped fund, as well as Saturday night’s fundraising gala.

    When it was over, they’d raised a record $10.6 million for cancer research, including a whopping $7.8 million for the Fund-a-Need pledge that this year was targeted at pediatric brain cancer. This included a $3 million matching grant from an anonymous donor.

    “While we raised millions of dollars, what we really raised was hope,” Krzyzewski said.

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