Tuesday marked ESPN's Sixth Annual Jimmy V Week For Cancer Research, a week long televised initiative to raise money for the V Foundation. The event has helped raise over $5 million in five years and to kick off this year's event, ESPN pledged $1 million to the V Foundation.
Tampa portrait artist Kristin Osterman, a former college basketball player, decided to create an artistic rendition of one of the most iconic moments in sports television history shared by Vitale and Valvano.
Osterman's piece, titled "The Promise," is a black and white acrylic painting of Vitale hugging Valvano just eight weeks before he lost his battle to cancer. The painting is being auctioned off to raise money for the V Foundation. Vitale started the bidding at $1,000. The painting will remain at the Broken Egg, at 6115 Exchange Way in Lakewood Ranch, until it is sold.
To bid for the painting, those interested should call 941-350-0580.
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