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Oct. 3, 2013

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PITTSBURGH--The American Cancer Society Greater Pittsburgh Unit, in association with the local Pittsburgh men's and women's NCAA Division-I basketball coaches, held its annual Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Madness event Wednesday evening at the Heinz Field North Club. Over 500 individuals attended the event.

Each year, Tip-Off Madness is hosted by the men's and women's head basketball coaches from the University of Pittsburgh (Jamie Dixon and Suzie McConnell-Serio), Robert Morris University (Andrew Toole and Sal Buscaglia) and Duquesne University (Jim Ferry and Dan Burt).

KDKA's Bob Pompeani served as emcee for the event, while University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari was the featured honoree.

The event included a VIP reception and a live and silent auction. Calipari - a native of Moon, Pa.- spoke to the sell-out crowd and the Fighting Spirit Award was given to breast cancer survivor Laura Schatzkamer. The evening concluded with a Q&A coaches roundtable discussion with all six area coaches. Media members - The Sporting News' Mike DeCourcy, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Paul Zeise and 93.7 The Fan's Andrew Filliponi - asked questions of the six coaches.

Coaches vs. Cancer® is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) that empowers coaches, their teams and communities to join the fight against cancer. The recent success has led to the program's expansion at the high school and Division I, II and III college levels. Since its national inception in 1993, Coaches vs. Cancer has raised more than $80 million to support the American Cancer Society's mission to save lives from cancer.

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation's largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.5 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit



Coaches vs. Cancer of Pittsburgh Hosts Tip-Off Madness

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