RECORD $9.2 MILLION RAISED FOR CANCER RESEARCH AT 15TH ANNUAL V WINE CELEBRATION
Net Proceeds from the Event to Benefit Cancer Research and Awareness Programs
NAPA, CA, AUGUST 5, 2013 -- The V Foundation for Cancer Research’s annual fundraiser, The V Wine Celebration, garnered $9.2 million over the weekend of August 3 and 4 for cancer research. A generous challenge gift received from top bidders Evan and Cindy Goldberg pushed the total into record territory. The total also included nearly $1.2 million in “fund-a-need” donations honoring Good Morning America co-host and cancer survivor Robin Roberts.
Since it was created in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach, The V Foundation has awarded more than $100 million in grants. Because the foundation has an endowment to cover its administrative expenses, 100 percent of the funds raised at the event will go to cancer research and programs.
A major theme of this year’s V Wine Celebration was The V Foundation’s “street cred,” as event host, legendary Duke University men’s basketball coach Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski, described it. V Foundation Chairman Robert Lloyd told the crowd, “No charity, no nonprofit will be better stewards of your money than The V Foundation.” Over the years, the organization has been able to leverage its grants into $1 billion for cancer research.
Christophe Georges, president and COO of Bentley Motors Americas, said Bentley is proud to be a partner with The V Foundation. It is the only organization in the Americas that Bentley supports on a continuous basis because of its commitment, transparency, heart and dedication. “This is why you can continue to count on us,” he said. This is the third year Bentley has sponsored The V Wine Celebration.
The V Foundation’s signature fundraising event attracted attendees from all over the U.S. to the Napa Valley for a gala weekend of events and activities with a serious underlying purpose — to benefit the foundation’s efforts to support significant cancer research at major institutions and research centers nationwide.
The 15th annual V Wine Celebration kicked off on Thursday, August 1 with several intimate winery dinners. Suzanne Pride and Stuart Bryan hosted diners at Pride Mountain Vineyards, Chuck and Anne McMinn welcomed another group to Vineyard 29, and Launny and Weezie Steffens hosted those dining at Vineyard 7 & 8. Also, on Thursday, Hi Sang Lee and Young Hwa Chung and Jae Chun and Jennie Lee hosted members of The V Foundation Giving Club at the Humanitarian and Founders Dinner at Dana Estates.