Huggins Focus of Roast; Charity Event

West Virginia University basketball coach Bob Huggins will be in the hot seat at his celebrity roast Friday, September 3 at Waterfront Place Hotel to benefit a charity near and dear to his heart.

Proceeds raised from the Huggins Roast will support the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment Fund at the WVU Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center. The Fund is named after the coach's late mother, Norma Mae, who passed away in 2003 following a long battle with colon cancer.

"It's going to be a great night of entertainment for a very worthy cause," said Tammy Whitacre, assistant director of development for the Cancer Center. "Roastmasters for the evening will be the coach's friends and mentors, including John Calipari, Frank Martin, Andy Kennedy, Ron Everhart, and Tommy Bowden, along with a few surprise guests."

The Huggins Celebrity Roast will begin with a reception at 7 p.m., and dinner at 8 p.m., followed by the roast.

Tickets are $100 per person or $1,000 per table. Corporate tables are available at the $5,000 and $2,500 levels. All monies raised from this event will qualify for matching state funds from the West Virginia Research Trust Fund, a state initiative that doubles private gifts to support university research.

The Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment Fund supports basic or clinical research at the Cancer Center in hopes that progress will be made toward a cure for this disease.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call Tammy Whitacre at 304-293-8604.

Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center

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