May 21st 2015

Written by sherri. Posted in May 2015

I had a fantastic time today as the keynote speaker at a corporate event for Tech Data Corp at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Tampa. Tech Data is the largest in the world for information technology distribution.

Today they were paying tribute to leading customers and vendors. It was very educational sharing time with the President of the American branches, Joe Quaglia and Sr VP of Sales, Marty Bauerlein.

I can`t thank Meghan Brey of Tech Data enough, for her hospitality and kindness during the visit. I was thrilled to receive a standing ovation and was asked to speak at additional upcoming events.

May 18th, 2015

Written by sherri. Posted in May 2015

Friday night, June 15th was a special evening. The Sarasota Ritz-Carlton was the sports capital of the world.

The 10th annual Dick Vitale gala is in the books and the big winner was cancer research as we raised big bucks for the Jimmy V Foundation. It was a record of $2.38 million for the fight against cancer. I cannot thank everybody enough for another successful event.

I want to salute our three honorees: Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher and Tampa Bay Bucs’ Lovie Smith.

We had presentations honoring the late Stuart Scott, Leah Still and Lauren Hill, who captured the attention of the nation with her bravery playing basketball. Sadly, she lost her fight with cancer.

There were many sports luminaries in attendance, from number one draft pick Jameis Winston, Kentucky hoops coach John Calipari, former NBA stars Kenny Anderson, Derick Coleman, Billy Owens, Bo Outlaw, John Wallace and Mateen Cleaves, daredevil Nik Wallenda, tennis Hall of Famer Nick Bollettieri plus other NFL players and college hoop coaches. Sarasota was the sports capital of the world.

We also celebrated my All-Star team, youngsters who have beaten cancer. They are living examples of how the dollars raised really help.

I also want to thank the hard-working team of Mary Kenealy, Janet Allen and company which helped stage the event. Over 850 were in attendance, followed by a post-party gathering featuring the rock group Blood, Sweat and Tears.

Next year, we will honor ABC’s Robin Roberts, Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer and Wisconsin basketball coach Bo Ryan.

May 6th, 2015

Written by sherri. Posted in May 2015

I am so excited over the Dick Vitale Telethon which is taking place today. This event is giving visibility to the V Foundation which benefits those battling cancer. We are very proud and happy today at SNN studios that we have a had a host of people join us to volunteer and make donations.

I cant thank the owner of SNN, Phil Lombardo enough. Also, Ray Cole, COO of SNN for his dedication and all his hard work. Thank you to all the anchors at SNN who have contributed. Publisher, Pat Dorsey, who made a big donation and held the event in the Sarasota Herald lobby, a beautiful building on Main St in Sarasota.

Its been a fantastic day filled with joy, jubilation and a lot fun. We had NBA players and past NBA players stop by including Jerod Ward, Marcus Liberty and many others who stopped by with donations.

We had Sandy Buchanan, the wife of congressman Vern Buchanan, come by and make a donation of $10,000 on behalf of the Buchanan Foundation. Art Conforti, owner of Beneva Flowers brought by a $10,000 check. I donated on behalf of my five grandchildren, $1000 each.

Many, many donations from people all over the community.

If you are fortunate enough to have healthy children I encourage you to come by and make a donation as well.

I can`t thank all the volunteers enough, and a special thanks to Mary Kenealy and Janet Allan, with Mary Kenealy Events, for a fantastic job in planning this entire event.

12 hours, and people working diligently. Its been a great time and will be so helpful towards pediatric cancer. We will continue to take donations at snntv.com/telethon

May 3rd, 2015

Written by sherri. Posted in May 2015

Floyd Mayweather remained a world champion by beating Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas on Saturday night. It was supposed to be the Fight of the Century, but it was an easy decision for Money Mayweather.

Mayweather is a clinician with awesome baby skills in the ring. I just don’t dig his out of ring lifestyle, but he is the best in the ring. He had great moves, lands a lot with his jab, controls the action and has outstanding footwork.

He will fight again in September, and then it is decision time. Mayweather said he will hang up the gloves after that. I am not so sure. here is too much money involved and he has a chance to break Rocky Marciano’s record for wins finishing as an undefeated fighter.