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ESPN's Dick Vitale Shares Moving Story About Alabama's Nick Saban

ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale has been raising money for cancer research for a decade. 

The legendary broadcaster has hosted the Dick Vitale Gala for Cancer Research for 10 years. Tonight, he'll host the event for the 11th straight year. The event has grown tremendously, going from raising $300K the first year to $2.3 million last year. 

The gala is typically heavily attended by college basketball and football coaches. 

During an interview with the AP, Vitale shared a cool story about Alabama's Nick Saban and how the event influenced him. 

Last year, Alabama football coach Nick Saban was so moved that he wrote a $50,000 check and a handwritten letter about what the night meant to him.

Tonight, according to the AP, Ohio State's Urban Meyer and Michigan's Jim Harbaugh will reportedly be working together at the event. 

A raffle will be conducted for a 2016 Mercedes-Benz and the winning ticket will be picked by Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh and passed to be read by Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer.

Meyer, Robin Roberts and former Wisconsin basketball coach Bo Ryan are this year's honorees.

Vitale is hoping to raise $2.5 million this year. 

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