Timeline

  • The 20th Anniversary event, Time is Precious, August 2-5, 2018, will be hosted by Coach K, Robin Roberts, Scott Hamilton, Lou Holtz, and Joe Theismann.

    The 20th Anniversary event, Time is Precious, August 2-5, 2018, will be hosted by Coach K, Robin Roberts, Scott Hamilton, Lou Holtz, and Joe Theismann.

    Poised to shatter records by hitting the $100 million dollar goal, our Fund A Need will focus on Endowment Giving, while we celebrate our six Vintner Grant Honorees; Suzanne Pride Bryan, Karen Aldoroty, Gina Gallo, Lauren Ackerman, Beth Novak Millken, in honor of her mother, Mary Novak, and Robin Lail, to be honored in the area of Breast Cancer Research.

    The V Foundation has awarded over $200 million in cancer research grants.

  • $8.8 million dollars raised, with more than $7 million earmarked for BRCA research collaborative grants.

    $8.8 million dollars raised, with more than $7 million earmarked for BRCA research collaborative grants.

    A $3 million dollar match-challenge from the BRCA Foundation and the Gray Foundation, and a $1 million dollar pledge from Wayne & Nan Kocourek led the paddle raises.

    Kary and David Duncan, Vintner Grant Honorees and owners of Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars, were recognized with two grants in their names to Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Cancer Research, and the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center.

    The V Foundation Wine Celebration has now awarded nearly $90 million for cancer research.

  • Hosted by Joe Theismann and Lesley Visser, an astounding $13.2 million was raised, with over $2 million awarded to prostate cancer research at Dana Farber Institute.

    Hosted by Joe Theismann and Lesley Visser, an astounding $13.2 million was raised, with over $2 million awarded to prostate cancer research at Dana Farber Institute.

    Launny & Weezie Steffens, of Vineyard 7 & 8, were Vintner Grant Honorees.
    The theme for V Wine Celebration, “Laugh, Think, Cry,” was taken from the late North Carolina basketball coach and ESPN commentator Jim Valvano’s 1993 speech at the inaugural ESPY awards. To this day, Theismann carries a copy of Valvano’s speech in his briefcase.

    It’s nasty, but it is defeatable, and I believe in our lifetime we will see a cure for cancer. Not a treatment for cancer, but a cure for cancer.
    – Joe Theismann

  • The V Foundation Wine Celebration, hosted by Coach K, shattered records raising over $10.6 million, with $7.8 million garnered in the Fund A Need for pediatric cancer research.

    The V Foundation Wine Celebration, hosted by Coach K, shattered records raising over $10.6 million, with $7.8 million garnered in the Fund A Need for pediatric cancer research.

    Our Vintner Grant Honorees, Elaine & Rick Jones, of Jones Family Vineyards, were awarded a pancreatic research grant at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

    It’s the personal connection that forms the powerful emotional spirit of the auction gala evening. As he addressed the group, Coach K asked diners to stand if they were a survivor of cancer and then to stand if they knew a friend or family member who had had cancer. “Is anyone still sitting?” he asked. It didn’t look like it. “Everybody’s part of the team tonight.”

    Jimmy was about winning, and if as a result, we’re finding cures, cancer is losing; but we haven’t won yet. – Coach K

  • Olympic & World Figure Skating legend Scott Hamilton hosts the 16th annual gala, inspiring guests with his extraordinary perseverance through his own cancer battle.

    Olympic & World Figure Skating legend Scott Hamilton hosts the 16th annual gala, inspiring guests with his extraordinary perseverance through his own cancer battle.

    A generous and impactful pledge of $1 million from Ron & Teri Kuhn, proprietors of Pillar Rock Vineyards, inspired heartfelt giving at the auction. The Vintner Grant is awarded in honor of Naoko Dalla Valle for a special Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) clinical trial at UCSF.

    Jimmy said we’re not going to fight cancer, we’re going to cure cancer. He insisted that we fund research.
    – Steve Bornstein

  • The 15th Anniversary of the V Foundation Wine Celebration is hosted by Mike Krzyzewski, Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Duke University, and his wife Mickie

    The 15th Anniversary of the V Foundation Wine Celebration is hosted by Mike Krzyzewski, Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Duke University, and his wife Mickie

    Susan Braun, newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of the V Foundation, succeeds Jim Valvano’s beloved brother, Nick Valvano. The first in-house Pathology Laboratory in the Napa Valley, funded by the V Foundation Wine Celebration, opens at the new Advanced Diagnostic & Surgical Center at Queen of the Valley.

    Together we can find a cure!
    – Susan Braun

  • The First Responders of 9/11, who are diagnosed with cancer, are awarded a $1 million dollar grant in their honor at the V Foundation Wine Celebration event hosted by College Football Hall of Fame Coach, Lou Holtz.

    The First Responders of 9/11, who are diagnosed with cancer, are awarded a $1 million dollar grant in their honor at the V Foundation Wine Celebration event hosted by College Football Hall of Fame Coach, Lou Holtz.

    The Vintner Grant was awarded in honor of Suzanne Pride Bryan for breast cancer research at the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota. The inaugural Volunteer Grant was awarded to UCSF in honor of Derek & Cathy Reisinger. Coach K, and V Board member and Chairman of the US Olympic Committee, Larry Probst, win gold for the US in London. Entertainment by Chris Isaak

    If what you did yesterday seems big, you haven’t done anything today – Lou Holtz

  • The Fund A Need video introduction by US Olympics Gold Medalist Figure Skater Scott Hamilton, and a $500,000 matching pledge from Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure, awarded $1 million for a grant awarded to Duke Cancer Institute for brain cancer research.

    The Fund A Need video introduction by US Olympics Gold Medalist Figure Skater Scott Hamilton, and a $500,000 matching pledge from Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure, awarded $1 million for a grant awarded to Duke Cancer Institute for brain cancer research.

    Inaugural “Let’s Get it Started” Party kicked off the V Foundation Wine Celebration weekend and shattered auction records, placing the V Foundation Wine Celebration at #3 in Wine Spectator’s Top Ten Charitable Wine Auctions in the United States. The Vintner Grant was awarded in honor of Robin & Michelle Baggett for stomach cancer research at the Children’s Hospital in Boston. The Inspirational Award was given in honor of Neil Aldoroty for Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma research at the Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope. Entertainment by the Doobie Brothers.

    Chasing my kids around the ice? I didn’t think that I would be saying that a year ago.
    – Scott Hamilton

  • The Vintner Grant was awarded in honor of Cyril & Blakesley Chappellet for melanoma research at the Simon Cancer Center at Indiana University.

    The Vintner Grant was awarded in honor of Cyril & Blakesley Chappellet for melanoma research at the Simon Cancer Center at Indiana University.

    Fund a Need in honor of Teri Kuhn for leukemia research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Entertainment by Huey Lewis & The News. The V Foundation reaches a milestone of$100 million awarded for cancer research.

  • the V Foundation Atrium of Hope – The 11,500 square-foot St. Helena Hospital Cancer Center, funded by the V Foundation Wine Celebration opened the doors to cancer patients in the Napa Valley community.

    the V Foundation Atrium of Hope – The 11,500 square-foot St. Helena Hospital Cancer Center, funded by the V Foundation Wine Celebration opened the doors to cancer patients in the Napa Valley community.

    The V Foundation Atrium of Hope is named. The Fund A Need and Vintner Grant was awarded in honor of Emily Miner for lung cancer research at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, with entertainment by The Pointer Sisters.

  • 10th Anniversary of the V Foundation Wine Celebration was hosted by “Good Morning America” co-anchor, Robin Roberts, celebrating her one-year anniversary as a breast cancer survivor.

    10th Anniversary of the V Foundation Wine Celebration was hosted by “Good Morning America” co-anchor, Robin Roberts, celebrating her one-year anniversary as a breast cancer survivor.

    ESPN honored Robin with a $100,000 pledge in her name. A $1 million grant was awarded to pediatric cancer at UCSF. V Board member, Coach K achieves Olympic Gold in Beijing. The Vintner Grant was awarded in honor of the partners of Far Niente for thyroid cancer research at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Entertainment by Frankie Vallie and The Four Seasons.

    What you have done in the last 10 years has made a difference in countless lives. – Robin Roberts

  • Broadcasting legend, Dick Vitale, college basketball’s top analyst and ESPN ambassador, hosts the V Foundation Wine Celebration.

    Broadcasting legend, Dick Vitale, college basketball’s top analyst and ESPN ambassador, hosts the V Foundation Wine Celebration.

    The Fund A Need raised funds for the new state-of-the-art cancer center at St. Helena Hospital. The Vintner Grant was awarded in honor of Robin Lail, of Lail Family Vineyards for breast cancer research at MD Anderson Cancer Center, with entertainment by Daryl Hall & John Oates

    I will always see Jimmy’s legacy not in him cutting down the nets after N.C. State won the nation championship, but in the millions of lives he has touched through the V Foundation – Dick Vitale

  • The Fund A Need was in honor of Jim Valvano’s daughter, Jamie Valvano Howard, for genomic breast cancer research.

    The Fund A Need was in honor of Jim Valvano’s daughter, Jamie Valvano Howard, for genomic breast cancer research.

    The Partners in Excellence grant was awarded to Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. The 59,000 square-foot Wellness Center at Queen of the Valley, funded by the V Foundation Wine Celebration, opens the doors to the community and establishes a survivorship program for cancer patients. The Vintner Grant was awarded in honor of Chuck & Anne McMinn, of Vineyard 29 for a V Scholar at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. The V Foundation Wine Celebration was hosted by former Notre Dame Coach Lou Holtz, with entertainment by Kenny Loggins

    I am alive today because of cancer research – Jamie Valvano

  • Nickel and Nickel Winery becomes the home of the annual V Foundation Wine Celebration event hosted by owner, Beth Nickel.

    Nickel and Nickel Winery becomes the home of the annual V Foundation Wine Celebration event hosted by owner, Beth Nickel.

    The V Foundation, with the support of a $2 million dollar pledge by founding partner ESPN, becomes fully endowed, and awards 100% of all donations directly to cancer research and related programs. The Vintner Grant was awarded in honor of Leslie Rudd and Todd Zapolski for lung cancer research at Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Jacksonville, Florida. The V Foundation Wine Celebration hosted its first private concert with entertainment by Michael McDonald.

    We remain fully committed to working with the V Foundation to fight this terrible disease, which impacts too many of our fans and members of our ESPN family.
    – George Bodenheimer

  • Olympic Gold Medal Skater and V Board member, Peggy Fleming hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the V Foundation Wine Celebration funded Wellness Center at Queen of the Valley Hospital.

    Olympic Gold Medal Skater and V Board member, Peggy Fleming hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the V Foundation Wine Celebration funded Wellness Center at Queen of the Valley Hospital.

    The Vintner Grant was awarded in honor of Garen & Shari Staglin, of Staglin Family Vineyard for Leukemia research, in memory of Garen’s father Pasquale Stagliano, at the University of Chicago Cancer Research Center. The Fund A Need for special melanoma research was in honor of the late Gil Nickel, founder of Far Niente. A successful campaign ensued to raise $1 million to endow the Fellowship for the Gil Nickel Fund awarded to The UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center.

    I feel very grateful that I survived and my message is early detection.
    – Peggy Fleming

  • Far Niente winery owner Gil Nickel was presented with the V Founders Courage Award alongside his beloved wife, Beth.

    Far Niente winery owner Gil Nickel was presented with the V Founders Courage Award alongside his beloved wife, Beth.

    The Charles Schwab Cup Championship partnered with the V Wine Celebration as a benefitting charity during the PGA tour. The Vintner Grant was awarded in honor of Mark Beringer for Sarcoma research at UC Davis.

    We are just one miracle away from having everything just right in our fight against cancer. – Gil Nickel

  • The V Foundation Wine Celebration made the Wine Spectator’s Top Ten list of charity wine auctions.

    The V Foundation Wine Celebration made the Wine Spectator’s Top Ten list of charity wine auctions.

    The Vintner Grant was awarded in honor of Mitch Cosentino, for Melanoma Research at the University of Colorado Health and Sciences Center, in memory of his mother, Ariene Cosentino.

  • Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Duke University Coach Mike Krzyzewski, and his wife Mickie, host the V Foundation Wine Celebration event.

    Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Duke University Coach Mike Krzyzewski, and his wife Mickie, host the V Foundation Wine Celebration event.

    The V Foundation is awarded 4-Stars by Charity Navigator and becomes one of the top-rated charities in the United States. The Vintner Grant was awarded in honor of Dick & Ann Grace, of Grace Family Vineyards for Neuroblastoma research at UCSF on behalf of Jay Ferrick. The Joan Rombauer Endowed Fellowship in Pancreatic Cancer research at UC San Francisco was established

    Part of beating cancer is having a positive attitude. – Coach K

  • Nick Valvano, Jim Valvano’s older brother, became the Chief Executive Officer of The V Foundation.

    Nick Valvano, Jim Valvano’s older brother, became the Chief Executive Officer of The V Foundation.

    The first annual V Foundation Wine Celebration Vintners Grant was awarded in honor of Rennick Andrew Harris Jr. for integrative approaches to reducing the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy in cancer patients at UC San Diego. Grants were also awarded to benefit innovative research programs at Stanford University Medical Center.

    If anything good came of Jim’s death, it’s that the foundation provided the knowledge of what should be done right away in terms of early detection and early treatment. – Nick Valvano

  • Julie Allegro, daughter of V Foundation Board member, Jim Allegro, had an idea of how to raise money to fight cancer.

    Julie Allegro, daughter of V Foundation Board member, Jim Allegro, had an idea of how to raise money to fight cancer.

    She met with Bob Lloyd, Chairman of the V Foundation. Together, they formed a local V Foundation Wine Celebration board with the inaugural event held that August raising more than $400,000.

    People say ‘How can you find the time?’ My answer is ‘How can we not? – Julie Allegro