A Charitable Extravaganza Celebrating Basketball and Giving Back
Experience the Unforgettable 11th Installment of the Bob Huggins Fish Fry
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Brace yourselves for the most anticipated charity event of the basketball season – the Bob Huggins Fish Fry. This year’s extravaganza surpassed all expectations, attracting an astounding 2,700-plus attendees to Milan Park. This sold-out affair, held to benefit the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment Fund and the Remembering the Miners organization, combined delicious dining with captivating entertainment.
“It’s truly remarkable how this event has evolved into what it is today. It demonstrates the unwavering faith the people of this state have in our cause,” expressed Huggins, overwhelmed by the overwhelming support.
Star-Studded Lineup and Legendary Guests
The Bob Huggins Fish Fry continues to draw prominent personalities from across the nation, further exemplifying the widespread belief in Huggins’ mission. The inaugural fish fry saw none other than Randy Moss as the special guest, setting the stage for future editions. Over the years, the event has witnessed the presence of basketball icons like Jerry West, John Calipari, and Bill Self, to name a few.
This year’s extraordinary edition featured the legendary Charles Barkley, a Hall of Fame inductee and a prominent figure in the NBA and the world of television. Huggins recalled their conversation at the Hall of Fame induction, where he invited Barkley to the fish fry, explaining that it was for a cause close to his heart – cancer research in honor of his mother. Without hesitation, Barkley accepted the invitation, endearing himself to the crowd.
Heartwarming Moments and Purposeful Fun
Immersed in an evening of unparalleled camaraderie, Barkley and Huggins engaged with attendees, graciously posing for pictures and signing autographs. As the delectable spread was served, Barkley took the stage alongside Huggins and Tony Caridi, treating the audience to a captivating display of entertaining commentary.
Before the festivities commenced, Huggins seized the moment to deliver an awe-inspiring message. “Our vision is to establish a cancer center right here. Correction – we WILL build a cancer center here,” he passionately declared. “In the previous year, thanks to all of you, we raised a staggering $2.6 million. Judging by the phenomenal turnout tonight and the presence of this incredible man, we are poised to exceed that amount once again.”
Barkley reciprocated the sentiment, expressing his unwavering support for Huggins. “There is nothing I wouldn’t do for this guy,” he declared. “To all the amazing individuals present here tonight – each one of you could have chosen a different path, but you chose to grace us with your presence. Time is the most precious commodity, and by being here, you have given us an invaluable gift.”
Basketball Fever Hits Morgantown
While the fish fry took center stage, Barkley also had an added incentive to visit Morgantown. His alma mater, Auburn, was scheduled to clash with WVU the following day in the highly anticipated Big 12/SEC Challenge. Eager to experience the exhilarating atmosphere of a game in Morgantown, Barkley expressed his anticipation. “Having witnessed these fervent home arenas on television, I cannot wait to witness the passion firsthand. It’s always a daunting experience,” Barkley enthused.
Making an Impact: Fueling Cancer Research
Over the years, the Bob Huggins Fish Fry has achieved remarkable success, raising an astounding $16.5 million to support vital cancer research initiatives. This immense contribution serves as a testament to the unwavering commitment of the event’s attendees and their dedication to making a difference.
At Family Cuisine, we proudly present the awe-inspiring Bob Huggins Fish Fry as a shining example of how individuals united by a common goal can create a lasting impact. Join us in supporting this noble cause and be a part of something greater than yourself.