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Alumni weekend raises more than $1 million for charity

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Following last year's efforts that raised $350,000 at the inaugural UK alumni weekend, John Calipari told the crowd at Rupp Arena that he hoped to bring in $1 million the next year. Behind the scenes, there were those that thought he was reaching a little too far this time.

Perhaps everyone should stop doubting him after Monday night.

Coach Cal, Kentucky and ProCamps did the unthinkable and raised more than $1 million with proceeds from this weekend's alumni festivities, which included the UK Alumni Charity Game, the John Calipari Basketball Fantasy Experience and a pair of auctions at Coach Cal's house on Sunday.

The money generated was presented to 17 different organizations during breaks of Monday's UK Alumni Charity Game on Sunday. The 16 organizations and the dollar amounts they received include:

4 Paws for Ability - 50,000
City House - 100,000
EverFi  - 100,000
Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky - 50,000
Hope For The Warriors® - 50,000
Hope House - 50,000
Kentucky Army National Guard Memorial Fund - 100,000
Kids 2 Camp - 50,000
Louisville Zoo - 20,000
Red Cross for the Bluegrass - 50,000
Samaritan's Feet - 50,000
Save the Children - 10,000
Starkey Hearing Foundation - 100,000
Streets Ministries - 200,000
Team Focus - 50,000
UK Healthcare - 25,000
Urban League  - 50,000

The idea for alumni weekend was to bring back former players and make them feel a part of the Kentucky family once again, but charity was at the heart of the game.

Calipari had his former players present the checks to the different organizations to show that when "you come back here, you still have an impact."

"How about these guys coming back here to help this community and help this state? How about that?" Calipari said. "Let me thank on all of you on behalf of all the charities and all of us for what you've done to help this be a special night for a lot of people. Thank you very much."

There's no telling what number Coach Cal will reach to raise next year. After this year's$1 million, nothing appears impossible.

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