V Foundation Wine Celebration Volunteers-we couldn’t do it without you!

I dedicate this space to the army of detail-oriented volunteers who do “whatever it takes” throughout the year to make this amazing event possible.  There’s much to be done between one V Wine Celebration and the next, with literally hundreds of decisions to be made and thousands of details to oversee.  It is with my sincerest gratitude that I reach out to all of you and express my deepest thanks on behalf of myself, the V Wine Celebration team and our V Board of Directors.  I am honored to lead such an extraordinary team of unwavering volunteers. We are inundated with calls and emails about the incredible job that all of you do to help make the V Wine Celebration an unforgettable series of events for everyone. Our guests often tell us how amazing our volunteers are and notice the many layers of detail that went into the event-and we couldn’t do it without you!

We are well on our way to planning our 17th Annual V Wine Celebration.  While the event itself is from August 6-9, as many of you know, we need over 100 volunteers to help us out during those critical days and during the week of preparation beginning Sunday, August 2, 2015.  We have over 30 different volunteer tasks that need positive, professional, dedicated people to fill, such as amenity gift staging, dining room set-up, auction ambassadors, runners, spotters and celebration team members.  We’re so excited about this event and hope that you will join us as part of Jimmy’s dream of “One Team…One Cause”

I thank each of you for your invaluable hard work, dedication and spirit. The V Wine Celebration is blessed and grateful to have the many talented people on our team, each striving to make each year more memorable than the last. Thank you so very much!

Hugs to all,

Sasha Ekstrom

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If you are interested in volunteering for our 17th Anniversary event, please email Sasha Ekstrom at sasha@winecelebration.com and provide:

  • Name
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Preferred form of contact
  • Other information you think would be helpful for us to know

Our first volunteer meeting for the 17th Anniversary Celebration will be April 18, 2015 in the Groezinger Estate House at the Vintage Estate (just next door to the Vintage Inn). We’d love to see you there!

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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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