Paul Finebaum with Julie and Jeff Puriton. Journal photos by Jordan Wald.
At the I’m With Mike fundraiser Sept. 27, the Mike Slive Foundation for Prostate Cancer Research offered up the perfect atmosphere for sports lovers at the Alys Stephens Center.
Hosted by Paul Finebaum, the evening celebrated the life of the late Mike Slive and his foundation’s mission to promote and advocate for prostate cancer research. Special guests in attendance included SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey, University of Alabama men’s basketball coach Avery Johnson, Auburn University men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl and UAB men’s basketball coach Rob Ehsan.
A silent auction offered a variety of items for sports fans, including a seat at the College Football Playoff mock selection with the College Football Playoff selection committee; tickets to the 2019 College Football National Championship game with accommodations; a special tour of the SEC Network in Charlotte, North Carolina; tickets to the SEC Football Championship game; coffee with Sankey; a VIP experience at the FOX NFL Sunday pregame show in Los Angeles and more.
According to the foundation, there are more than 150,000 new prostate cancer diagnoses and 27,000 deaths each year. Funds raised at the event will benefit the organization’s mission to find a cure for prostate cancer by funding grants for cutting-edge prostate research.