Bob Huggins Fish Fry turns 10 with $2.6 million to support the WVU Cancer Institute

Published on 02/23/2022

MORGANTOWN, WV — To celebrate Bob Huggins Fish Fry’s 10th birthday, supporters donated a record $2.65 million to benefit life-saving cancer care and research at the WVU Cancer Institute .

Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy (left to right) and University of Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self chat with WVU men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins at Fish Fry.

Since 2013, WVU men’s basketball head coach Bob Huggins has invited fans, friends and cancer survivors to the Fish Fry to support causes close to his heart while enjoying a feast of seafood, good company and live entertainment. This year’s event – presented by Little General Stores and in partnership with Barstool Sports – took place on Friday, February 18 at the Hazel and JW Ruby Community Center in Mylan Park and via live stream.

Huggins hosted University of Kansas men’s basketball head coach Bill Self, Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy, and current and former Mountaineer players to share compelling personal stories punctuated by unique commentary from Huggins. Tony Caridi served as master of ceremonies, while Phillip Bowen and Lords of Lester provided musical entertainment.

Huggins’ efforts raised more than $2.65 million, including a $500,000 donation from Portnoy and a $300,000 contribution from Huggins. Proceeds from the event benefit the WVU Cancer Institute’s Norma Mae Huggins Endowment and the Remember the Miners Flagship Scholars program.

“This year’s Fish Fry made me realize how truly special and important this event is to West Virginia,” Huggins said. “Not only did we raise a lot of money for cancer, but we also had a record-breaking audience filled with people who truly bought into our mission to beat cancer. It’s amazing how many sponsors, partners and of supporters supporting this cause a decade later. Dave Portnoy and his Barstool team have really stepped up this year and helped tremendously. We’ve come a long way and done so much good. But we’re only just getting started.

Huggins established the Norma Mae Huggins Endowment in 2003 to honor her mother, who died after a long battle with colon cancer. Including this year’s Fish Fry contributions, the endowment has raised more than $16 million and is making a difference in the lives of patients at the WVU Cancer Institute.

“I want to send my sincere congratulations to Bob Huggins for such an important Fish Fry,” Hannah Hazard-Jenkins, MD, Director of the WVU Cancer Institute, Jean and Laurence DeLynn Chair of Oncology and Associate Professor of Surgery at the WVU School of medicine, says. “The donors who have supported him, along with the Fish Fry over the past 10 years, have made a tangible difference at the WVU Cancer Institute, helping us bring high-quality care closer to home for fellow mountaineers. All of us at the WVU Cancer Institute are inspired by Bob Huggins’ generosity of time and advocacy and grateful for his dedication to our cause.

Remember the Miners is a nonprofit public awareness campaign committed to telling the story of America’s coal miners. Remember the Miners honors miners through events, media, and its flagship scholarship program. The Scholars Program has raised more than $200,000 and funds scholarships for mining engineering students at the WVU Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources.

“The long-standing partnership between Remember the Miners and Bob Huggins Fish Fry has resulted in substantial growth for the Remember the Miners Scholarship Endowment Fund,” said Erik Muendel, Founder and CEO of Brightline Interactive and Co-Founder of Remember the Miners. “WVU Mining Extension Service and Mine Rescue Team students who benefit from these scholarships represent the future of mining technology and safety. Ten years later, the Fish Fry continues to reinforce Remember the Miners’ mission to tell the coal miner’s story.

The Fish Fry was made possible by dozens of sponsors including high profile sponsors WVU Medicine, Joe and Lisa Subrick, IL and Betty Sue Morris and MVB.

To support the Norma Mae Huggins Endowment and/or the WVU Cancer Institute, visit https://cancer.wvumedicine.org/giving for more information.

All donations are made through the WVU Foundation, the nonprofit organization that receives and manages private donations on behalf of the University.

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