MORE THAN $4.7 MILLION RAISED FOR CANCER RESEARCH AT 16TH ANNUAL V WINE CELEBRATION
Proceeds to Benefit Cancer Research and Awareness Programs
The V Foundation for Cancer Research’s annual fundraiser, The V Wine Celebration, garnered more than $4.7 million over the weekend of August 7-9 for cancer research. The total included more than $1 million in “fund-a-need” donations in memory of former V Wine Celebration board member David Kane, who lost his 17-year battle with bladder cancer in 2011.
The V Foundation’s three-day 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 16th annual V Wine Celebration kicked off on Thursday, August 7 with several intimate winery dinners. Jean-Charles Boisset and Gina Gallo hosted diners at Raymond Vineyards. The winemaking team at Silver Oak welcomed another group to Silver Oak Cellars, and Launny and Weezie Steffens hosted those dining at Vineyard 7 & 8. Also on Thursday, Suzanne Pride Bryan and Stuart Bryan hosted members of The V Foundation Giving Club at the Humanitarian and Founders Dinner at Pride Mountain Vineyards. All dinner guests were then invited to gather at Raymond Vineyards for an after party hosted by Boisset and Gallo. A new event this year, “Club Red,” featured a wine lounge and late-night dancing.
On Friday, members of the Giving Club attended the Presidents Club & Vintner Grant Honoree Luncheon sponsored by Bentley Motors at the Napa Valley Reserve. The 2014 Vintner Grant honoree Naoko Dalla Valle, founder and proprietor of Dalla Valle Vineyards, was introduced and recognized. Dalla Valle has had several brushes with cancer: she lost her father to lung cancer and her husband to prostate cancer, and in January of this year, her 11-year-old nephew succumbed to Diffused Pontine Intrinsic Glioma (DPIG). Dalla Valle has personally raised $350,000 to fight this horrible pediatric brain cancer. The V Wine Celebration is pleased to honor the vintner community and give back to passionate supporters, like Dalla Valle, through its Vintner’s Grant program. The V Foundation announced that it will make a grant in Dalla Valle’s name to Dr. Sabine Mueller, a pediatric neuro-oncologist at UCSF, to help launch a DPIG clinical trial.
Friday evening’s popular “Let’s Get it Started” party at The Pavilion at The Vintage Estates in Yountville featured offerings from Napa Valley’s renowned restaurateurs and preeminent vintners, as well as a custom barrel auctions where guests had the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind cases of custom-created wine blends from celebrated winemakers. The evening ended with guests dancing to Grooveline.
Saturday morning the foundation presented a free, public cancer research symposium, where prominent physicians and research scientists from around the nation gathered to present the most current advances and discoveries in clinical applications, new diagnostics and alternative treatments for cancer. The standing room-only crowd of several hundred then had the rare opportunity to pose questions to these leading researchers during a lively Q&A session. The V Foundation’s 2011 V Scholar, William Redmond, Ph.D., from the Robert W. Franz Cancer Research Center, Providence Portland Medical Center, presented on the hot topic of immunotherapy, the treatment that uses certain parts of a person’s immune system to fight diseases such as cancer. The Scientific Advisory Committee also announced that they had reviewed more than 60 cancer research grant applications and selected nine to fund this year.
The weekend’s activities culminated with a gala dinner, live auction, and exclusive performance by The Midtown Men, the four stars from the original cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys. The dinner took place at Nickel & Nickel Winery, which has served as home of The V Wine Celebration for the last 10 years.