Bracket Breakfast celebrates March Madness, raises money for local cause

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- The annual Bracket Breakfast celebrates March Madness while raising money for Piedmont Casa in Charlottesville. Jim Miller came up with the idea four years ago.

As a player on the University of Virginia team that advanced to the Final Four in the 1980s, he thought bringing together basketball fans to have fun filling out brackets all while raising funds and awareness for an important cause was the perfect combination.

"I couldn't be more excited," Miller said. "We are getting a room full of people together to talk about college basketball and specifically March Madness and the NCAA Tournament while all along raising awareness and funds for an important cause like Piedmont Casa."

Panelists including UVA greats Joe Harris and Barry Parkill, and best-selling author and hoops fan John Grisham, will offer their tips on filling out brackets.

Ticket sales for the event will benefit Piedmont Casa, a local organization that advocates for abused and neglected children in the court system.

"Unfortunately the need always outpaces our resources," said Alicia Lenahan, the president of Piedmont Casa. "One-hundred-twenty-four really committed women and men serve 267 children who all came to the attention of the juvenile court because their parents were unable or unwilling to keep them safe."

For Miller, it's an opportunity to raise funds and awareness for an important cause, while celebrating the successes of his alma mater on the court.

"Virginia basketball has been phenomenal under the Tony Bennett-era and over the last four or five years in particular," Miller said. "To have something like this locally where fans can come out and support our local team while at the same time raising awareness for a good cause."

The Bracket Breakfast will be held March 13 at the Omni Hotel in Charlottesville. Click on the link in the Related Links box to purchase tickets.

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