For all his accolades, the former coach and broadcaster says his greatest accomplishment has been raising money for pediatric-cancer research. On Friday, his charity gala in his adopted home of Sarasota, Fla., will draw an all-star cast of sports and entertainment celebrities. Over the past decade-plus, the Dick Vitale Gala has raised $25.2 million through the V Foundation for cancer research. The event attracted more than 900 guests and raised a record $3.7 million last year. “It should be a great night,” Vitale said. “Most of all, a night really dedicated to young people battling a disease that is so vicious.”
The Boston Red Sox manager will not attend the ceremony at the White House on Thursday honoring the 2018 World Series champions. Cora cited the Trump administration’s response to Hurricane Maria in his native Puerto Rico as the reason for his decision. “The government has done some things back home that are great, but we still have a long ways to go,” he said on Sunday following a 9-2 win over the Chicago White Sox. “That’s our reality.” Cora recently said he might attend the ceremony and say something, but had a change of heart after speaking with family and friends.
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