Coaches Vs. Cancer Tops $1 Million

Sept. 9, 2005

SPOKANE, Wash. - The fourth annual Coaches vs. Cancer BasketBALL and Gala held in late August and spearheaded by Gonzaga University head men's basketball coach Mark Few and his wife, Marcy, raised $518,000 this year, according to event organizer Jerid Keefer.

The second-largest Coaches vs. Cancer event behind the University of Syracuse and head coach Jim Boeheim, the 4-year total is now $1.37 million.

"The people of Spokane, like they always do, again stepped forward to support a very worthy cause," Few said. "This event continues to grow and everyone involved is grateful for the support from the Spokane community. We have a great committee that takes a lot of pride in this event."

Among those in attendance for the celebrity golf tournament and gala were Washington State University head coach Dick Bennett, WSU assistant coach Tony Bennett, Eastern Washington University head coach Mike Burns, Weber State University head coach Joe Cravens, University of Utah head coach Ray Giacoletti, University of Minnesota and former Gonzaga head coach Dan Monson and Boeheim. Other celebrities attending were former Michigan State University and 1979 NCAA champion head coach Jud Heathcoate, 1982 National Coach of the Year Don Monson, ABC/ESPN college basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla, ESPN analyst and ESPN Radio host Doug Gottlieb, former U.S. track and field Olympian Tim Bright, CBS college basketball commentator Clark Kellogg, former U.S. Olympic Gold Medal decathlete Dan O'Brien, former Washington Redskins quarterback and Super Bowl XXVI MVP Mark Rypien, former NBA standout and current Seattle Sonics television commentator Craig Ehlo and former NFL quarterback John Friesz.

In addition, former Gonzaga players Dan Dickau, Blake Stepp, Cory Violette and Ronny Turiaf also attended, in addition to current members of the Bulldogs basketball team.

Bill Raftery, analyst for CBS, ESPN and Fox Sports, was the emcee. Roy Firestone, winner of six Emmy Awards for his work in broadcast journalism, performed his multi-media review.

Sixteen items were sold in the live auction and more than 30 other items were sold in the silent auction as part of the gala held at the historic Davenport Hotel in downtown Spokane. In addition, 162 scholarships for children with cancer to attend Camp Goodtimes were also auctioned.

Next year's event will be held Aug. 25-26, 2006.



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