Taylor Swift writes a six-figure check for a Sarasota cancer research fundraiser
Taylor Swift donated $100,000 for pediatric cancer research.
Singer, songwriter and musician Taylor Swift has donated $100,000 to a cancer research group with Tampa ties.
Swift donated the funds through the 11th Annual Dick Vitale Gala. The gala is one of the signature events for The V Foundation for Cancer Research in Cary, North Carolina.
Vitale, who was named the Philanthropist of the Year in the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2012 Health Care Heroes awards competition, is a sportscaster on ESPN, following a successful college and pro basketball coaching career and is on the board of The V Foundation, a nonprofit that has funded more than $150 million in cancer research grants nationally.
Vitale tweeted his thanks to Swift on Feb. 23, calling the receipt of her donation “a magical moment.”
This year’s Dick Vitale Gala will be held on May 13 in Sarasota and honor three notable cancer research supporters: Bo Ryan, former Wisconsin men’s head basketball coach; Good Morning America’s co-anchor Robin Roberts; and Urban Meyer, Ohio State head football coach.
The gala has raised more than $15 million for pediatric cancer research in its 10-year history, a press release said.
“We are so proud that Taylor has joined us to help raise funds for pediatric cancer research and to battle this dreaded disease that is taking so many young lives,” Vitale said in the press release. “Taylor has a heart of gold, and due to her generosity, we are closer to meeting our goal this year to raise $2.5 million. Taylor is ‘Awesome Baby,’ with a capital A! We cannot thank her enough.”
Swift’s most recent donation adds to her previous contributions for pediatric cancer research, including a donation of $100,000 to The V Foundation from the sales of her single, “Ronan,“ the release said. Her "1989” album won the Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards earlier this month, making her the first woman to win Album of the Year twice, according to the Nashville Business Journal.