Beyond Golf: The Jimmy V Classic

Twenty years of work toward a cure for cancer are being marked this weekend, as the Jimmy V Golf Classic Weekend of events tees off, continuing the efforts of The V Foundation to raise funds for cancer research.

The Cary-based foundation is dedicated to preserving the legacy of late coach Jim Valvano, whose energy and spirit inspired many during his public battle with cancer as he declared, “Don’t give up … don’t ever give up.”  

In its 20 years, The V Foundation has awarded more than $100 million to more than 100 facilities nationwide and awards 100 percent of direct donations and net event proceeds to cancer research.

The Jimmy V Golf Classic Weekend runs today through Sunday. Beyond the golf is something for everyone.

Local events include:

The V Jam, featuring Big Head Todd and the Monsters, The Wailers, Soul Asylum, and Matthew Sweet. Tonight at 6 p.m., at Red Hat Amphitheater in downtown Raleigh. Tickets are $28-$68.   

Launch Party & Reverse Raffle, offering food, comedy and the chance to win a BMW. Friday at 6:30 p.m., at the Raleigh Convention Center. Tickets are $100. 

The V Fashion Show, a celebrity-studded event featuring DJ A-Game, celebrity chef-made treats and creative cocktails. Saturday at 11 a.m., at Zinda Restaurant in downtown Raleigh. Tickets are $35.  

The Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic equals golf, celebrities and fun for the family including the Dennis Walters Trick Golf Show, the Long Drive Challenge and the Spectator Putting Contest. Sunday at North Ridge Country Club; tickets are $5.

The black-tie V Gala, an integral part of the weekend’s events, has sold out.

For more information on any or all of these happenings, or to purchase tickets, visit

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