All proceeds from The V Foundation Wine Celebration are distributed in the form of grants to promising cancer research and cancer awareness programs in California and throughout the nation. The V Foundation Wine Celebration is committed to ensuring that a significant portion of the funds raised benefit cancer research and awareness locally in the Bay Area and the Napa Valley. Grants from past V Foundation Wine Celebrations have benefited research at Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa, St. Helena Hospital, UCSF Medical Center, UC Davis School of Medicine and Stanford Medical Center.

The V Foundation is fortunate to have a Scientific Advisory Board, populated by some of the absolute best physicians and scientists in the cancer research field, who are responsible for evaluating and selecting research projects to receive funding by The V Foundation.

Each year, The V Foundation Wine Celebration hosts a Cancer Research Symposium, where world-class reseachers present cutting-edge information to the general public. Many of the researchers who have been awarded grants in years past return to share their valuable findings. A Q & A session allows attendees to have their questions answered by the panelists.


V Scholar Grants:  Designed to identify, retain and further the careers of talented new investigators. Provides funds directly to  scientists who are
developing their own independent laboratory research projects. These grants enable emerging scientists to establish their laboratories and
gain a competitive edge necessary to earn additional funding from other sources. The V Scholar recipients determine how to best use the funds in their research projects.
*The research project that receives the highest overall rating by the Scientific Advisory Baord will annually be designated as the Martin D. Abeloff, M.D. V Scholar Award.

V Foundation Translational Clinical Research Grants: Developed to facilitate the transition of projects from the laboratory to the clinic.
Translational researchers seek to apply their knowledge of cancer and bring the benefits of the new understandings directly to patients more quickly and efficiently.

V Designated Grants: Targeted towards projects in communities or regions local to the fundraising area or of high importance to the donors.  Fundraisers
and donors work with The V Foundation to identify a specific project, facility or awareness program.


Research Grants funded by the V Foundation Wine Celebration

2013 V Scholar Grants

  • Rafael Bejar, M.D., Ph.D., UCSD Moores Cancer Center, La Jolla, CA.
    Pathogenic Mechanisms of Splicing Factor Mutations in Myelodysplastic Syndromes.
  • Luis Carvajal-Carmona, PH.D., University of California, Davis, Sacramento, CA.
    Identification of Novel Breast Cancer Genes in a Hispanic Isolate.

2013 Translational Grants

  • Nika Danial, PH.D., Margaret Shipp, M.D. , Jarrod Marto, PH.D., Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA.
    Fueling DLBCL Proliferation and Survival: A Role for Fatty Acid Metabolism.
  • Ralph Deberardinis, M.D., Ph.D., Kemp Kernstein, M.D., Ph.D, Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at the University of Texas SW, Dallas, TX.
    Translational Studies in Lung Cancer Metabolism: Creating New Paradigms in Diagnosis and Therapy.
  • Ite Laird-Offringa, Ph.D., Barbara Gitlitz, M.D., Martin Kast, Ph.D., Kimberly Siegmund, Ph.D., Lina Wang, M.D., Michael Wong, Ph.D., USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, Los Angeles, CA.
    Development of Immunotherapy for Small Cell Lung Cancer using Novel Modified Antigens.
  • Yao-Tseng Chen, M.D., Ph.D., Leonard Salta, M.D, Pengbo Zhou, Ph.D, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY.
    Ubiquitin Ligase as a Novel Diagnostic Marker for Colorectal Cancer

2013 Designated Grants:

  • Ravi Bhatia, M.D. and Smita Bhatia, M.D., M.P.H., City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, Duarte, CA.
    Molecular Pathogenesis of Therapy-Related Myelodysplasia *In Honor of Robin Roberts
  • Li Chai, M.D, Gao Chong, M.D., Ph.D., Brigham & Womens Hospital, Boston, MA.
    Target Leukemic Stem Cell Factor in MDS/AML *In Honor of Robin Roberts
  • Christopher A. Maher, Ph.D. Siteman Cancer Center, Washington University, St. Louis, MO.
    Understanding the Role of Polycomb Associated LncRNAs in Prostate Cancer
    * Vintner Grant in Honor of Fred Constant, Dick Grace, Jeff Gargiulo, Lowell Herrero and Fred Schweiger
  • Queen of the Valley Medical Center, Herman Family Advanced Diagnostic and Surgical Services Pavilion, Napa, CA.
    Clinical Laboratory and Pathology Services
  • St. Helena Hospital, Martin-O’Neil Cancer Center,  St. Helena, CA.
    Clinical Research Program

View our previous grant recipients!


NAPA VALLEY, CA, AUGUST 10, 2015 – The V Foundation for Cancer Research’s annual fundraiser, The V Wine Celebration, garnered more than $10.6 million over the weekend of August 6-9 for cancer research. With an unprecedented $3 million matching grant from an anonymous donor, the total included more than $7.8 million in “fund-a-need” donations to support pediatric brain cancer research.


“There are moments in your life where you feel like everything you have done up until then leads to this one single moment,” said Julie Allegro, founder and co-chair of The V Wine Celebration. “Tonight was one of those nights. The feeling in that room – the excitement, the tears, the energy – we were all one, for a brief moment. And together, we exceeded our wildest goals and raised over $10 million, and will make a dent in finding a cure to cancer.”

This year’s V Wine Celebration gala dinner at Nickel & Nickel winery welcomed back Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski to rouse the crowd in the same way he has inspired and motivated players during his basketball coaching career. He suggested renaming The V Wine Celebration “The Winning Foundation” “because that’s what The V Foundation has done. It’s found cures. Jimmy (Valvano) was all about winning. That’s why this foundation was formed. Instead of being in his hospital room and saying, ‘I’m going to die,’ he said, ‘I’m going to win.’ “

“Everybody in this room is part of the team tonight,” he added. “Everybody will do something to help.”
The most compelling component of the auction was the fund-a-need, with more than half the guests raising their paddles to pledge donations to support research into pediatric brain cancer, the leading cause of death by disease in children.

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