30th Gala Invitation



JUNE 3, 2023




Thirty years ago, Jim Valvano made a memorable speech at the 1993 ESPYS, where he announced the creation of the V Foundation for Cancer Research. Since that day, Jim’s legacy has grown from the sports world to cancer centers nationwide. His foundation is funding all-star scientists and accelerating critical cancer research. Please join us in Raleigh, N.C., to celebrate this milestone anniversary as one team and continue the fight to achieve Victory Over Cancer®! As Jim said, “Don’t Give Up, Don’t Ever Give Up!” Together we will continue his legacy!

About The Evening

The evening, hosted by 1985 Wolfpack graduate and NC State Athletics Director of Content Strategy, Jeff Gravley, will consist of a cocktail reception and a delectable wine-pairing dinner. Special speakers from the V Foundation’s history will share their stories. Along with appearances from members of the 1983 team, there will be a performance by NC State 1983 team member, Thurl Bailey. In addition, there will be opportunities to support the V Foundation mission through one-of-a-kind live auction lots and Fund-A-Need, which will be dedicated to therapeutic resistance research.

Host: Jeff Gravley

Industry veteran and local television institution Jeff Gravley is Director of Content Strategy for NC State Athletics. Gravley, a 1985 graduate, returned to his alma mater after a 35-year career in broadcasting.

Performance by Thurl Bailey

Thurl Bailey inspires others to win whatever the odds or disappointments. Twice Thurl has led teams from far behind to win national championships. His most recognized title was the 1983 North Carolina State Wolfpack team.

Thurl Bailey headshot
Image of a microscope in a lab


Funds raised will go towards cancer research dedicated to therapeutic resistance.

Welcome Reception

June 2, 2023 | 5:00-7:00 P.M.

The night prior to the event, the V Foundation will host a relaxed Welcome Reception at the StateView Hotel in the Fusion Ballroom. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided. To RSVP, please note you will be attending when purchasing your event ticket.

Congratulations to the 1983 NCAA
Men’s Basketball Champion Team
on their 40th Anniversary!


Event Committee

Dereck Whittenburg – Event Chair

Associate Athletics Director – Community Relations and Fundraising, NC State University, VF Board Member

Tom Cabannis

Retired Senior Partner, McGuire Woods LLP, VF Board Member

Bob Rauf

Wealth Management Advisor, Meridian Financial, DEGU Board Member

Garrett Munro

Senior Associate Athletic Director, NC State Athletics

Larry Woodard

President, Graham Stanley Advertising, VF Board Member