UVA 'unsung hero' presented with steaks won in Final Four wager

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Leading up to last month's Final Four, the local chambers of commerce for the four teams involved agreed to a friendly bet. When Virginia beat Texas Tech in the NCAA title game, the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce won that bet.

That's why Charlottesville Chamber President Elizabeth Cromwell was the McCue Center on Wednesday with a cooler filled with steaks from the meat science program at Texas Tech.

The steaks came from the Lubbock Chamber, as part of the basketball bet. They were a surprise gift for UVA Director of Event Management Mike Doto, presented for his work behind the scenes during the Cavaliers' postseason run.

Cromwell called Doto "one of the unsung heroes" behind the scenes as the Cavaliers made their run to the program's first-ever NCAA title.

"Elizabeth hit it right on the head. Staying behind the scenes," Doto said when he learned of the gift. "I'm not usually in front like this. I love to put it on, put on the event, put in the work that goes into it. Especially with a championship."

Doto was responsible for the last-minute organization of both the watch party at John Paul Jones Arena the night of the Cavaliers' NCAA title game victory, and the celebration at Scott Stadium the weekend after the win that drew more than 20,000 fans.

Cromwell said the Charlottesville Chamber put up a case of local Virginia wine in the Final Four wager.

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