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The V Foundation Named A National Charitable Beneficiary for the Trifecta Gala

Ticket Purchases and Donations from Trifecta Gala to Support Breakthrough Cancer Research Nationwide

Press Release – CARY, NC [February 8, 2019] – The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a top-rated cancer research charity, and the Bridgeman Charitable Group, Inc. are excited to announce the V Foundation as a national charitable beneficiary for the Trifecta Gala, the Premier Kentucky Derby Eve Celebrity Charity Gala. The Trifecta Gala will be held on May 3 at the YUM! Center in Louisville, Kentucky, where proceeds will benefit cancer research funded nationwide through the V Foundation, as well as local charities.

“It is an honor and a privilege for the Trifecta Gala to join forces with the V Foundation. There is not a person we know who has not been or will be affected by cancer,” said Eden Bridgeman. “Our hope is that we can inspire people to help us find a cure for cancer.”

The Bridgeman family brings a spirit of giving to Derby weekend, incorporating both world-class entertainment and impactful philanthropy. The Trifecta Gala is an official partner of the Kentucky Derby Festival and the private dinner and party provides attendees with an up-close experience with legendary musical entertainment. The V Foundation has awarded grants in Kentucky for leukemia, prostate and lung cancers.

“The V Foundation is honored to be selected as the charitable partner for the Trifecta Gala,” said Susan Braun, CEO of the V Foundation. “We are grateful to the Bridgeman family and all of the special guests and donors who share our passion for ending cancer forever. What an incredible evening this will be on the eve of the Derby!”

The V Foundation has proudly awarded more than $225 million for cutting-edge cancer research. The V Foundation holds a 4-star (highest) rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest evaluator of charities, and is among the top 3% of all charities evaluated. The V Foundation is a GuideStar platinum-rated charity.

For more information about the V Foundation or to donate, please visit For more information about the Trifecta Gala, please visit

About the V Foundation for Cancer Research

The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State University basketball coach and ESPN commentator. The Foundation has funded more than $225 million in cancer research grants nationwide. The V Foundation awards 100 percent of direct donations to cancer research and programs. The V Foundation’s endowment covers administrative expenses. The Foundation awards peer-reviewed grants through a competitive awards process strictly supervised by a Scientific Advisory Committee. For more information on the V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit

About the Trifecta Gala

The Trifecta Gala presented by the Bridgeman Charitable Group is an annual Kentucky Derby fundraiser benefiting various charitable organizations. For the past 18 years, retired NBA guard Ulysses “Junior” Bridgeman and his family have hosted the most exclusive events during the Kentucky Derby weekend, drawing the likes of notable celebrities, influencers, top-athletes, as well as international CEOs and chairmen from diverse industries. Each year, The Trifecta Gala celebrates the Derby while raising funds for specific charities pledging to make the world a better place through an evening to remember. For more information on The Trifecta visit

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