On the final Sunday before the official start of the 2017-18 season, the Minnesota men's basketball team turned its attention to giving back in a variety of ways. The Gophers hosted a charity exhibition against Green Bay at Maturi Pavilion early in the afternoon, and then donned their best business attire for the third annual Coaches vs. Cancer Tipoff Dinner at Interlachen Country Club in Edina.
The Nov. 5 game saw the Gophers easily defeat Green Bay, 115-86, in front of a crowd of 2,381. All of the proceeds from ticket sales were donated to the American Red Cross as it continues to assist in the relief and rebuilding efforts from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Head Coach Richard Pitino also pledged to add one dollar to the donation for every ticket sold.
Additionally, Goldy's Locker Room donated 50 percent of its gross merchandise sales in venue, while 25 percent of Aramark's concessions sales were added to the donation as well.
In total, the Gophers charity exhibition game resulted in a donation of nearly $16,000 to the American Red Cross.
Later in the afternoon, the Gophers traded their home whites for their business suits, taking part in the annual dinner to raise money for the Richard M. Schulze Family American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Minneapolis. The night featured a social hour and dinner where guests could get to know and take photos with the Gophers, along with a program that included remarks from emcee Mike Grimm and Pitino as well as Margaret Vos, a cancer survivor.
The highly-anticipated live auction featured unique prizes such as travel with the team, a custom-tailored clothing experience, VIP experiences at Gopher home games, and more.
All told, the Coaches vs. Cancer Tipoff Dinner grossed more than $105,000 to the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge.
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