Sarasota, FL-- This year's Dick Vitale Gala raised $1.7 million for pediatric cancer research, through the V Foundation.

For the 8 years of the Gala, more than $10 million has been raised to help fund grants for pediatric cancer research.

The Gala, at Sarasota's Ritz-Carlton, drew a sellout crowd of more than 800 donors. The event honored coaching legends Bobby Bowden of Florida State, Jim Calhoun of Connecticut, and Bill Self of Kansas.