Charity auction raises funds for The V Foundation

NEW YORK -- The chance to attend the Super Bowl and some of the famous parties leading up to it and an opportunity to play on one of basketball's most famous courts were among the top items up for bid Thursday night in an auction to raise money for The V Foundation for Cancer Research.

The 10th annual Jimmy V Basketball Classic Dinner Auction was held at the Chelsea Pier Lighthouse and the six coaches whose teams
will play in this year's events were in attendance at the

Boston College, Kansas, Michigan State and Saint Joseph's will
play in the men's classic at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 6. North
Carolina and Connecticut will meet in the women's version at the
Hartford Civic Center on Dec. 5.

Madison Square Garden donated an hour of playing time for 10
people on the court where the New York Knicks play. It went for

Mike Pereira, the NFL's director of officiating since 2001, started his donation with two tickets to the Super Bowl in Detroit on Feb. 5. As the bidding was going on, he added two tickets to the commissioner's party and two to the referee's party as well as airfare and four nights in a hotel. Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, who served as hosts for the auction, added in an appearance on their morning show on ESPN Radio during Super Bowl week, and the total package went for $6,000.

The Jimmy V Classic, named in honor of Jim Valvano, the late North Carolina State coach, is part of The V Foundation for Cancer Research, which has raised more than $40 million.