MOMENTUM 2.0, The V Foundation Wine Celebration, held virtually on August 8, 2020, raised over $3.6 million to support the V Foundation’s fight to achieve Victory Over Cancer®.

Hosted by the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history, Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski, ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas, ESPN’s “SportsCenter” Anchor Sage Steele, and Emmy award-winning auctioneer John Curley, the annual gala event featured six one-of-a-kind auction items, celebrity and musical appearances, and the chance to raise a glass with fellow V Wine Celebration guests, all coming virtually together to raise critical funds for cancer research.


Hosted by Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski, Duke University men’s basketball coach and V Foundation Board Member, the three-day signature fundraising event raised over $7 million for cancer research. The total included $5 million in “Fund-A-Need” donations to support the V Foundation’s Canine Comparative Oncology program.

We honored Joe & Pat Harbison, of Harbison Estate Wines, with the 2019 Vintners Grant for Esophageal Cancer.

In its 26 years, the V Foundation has awarded more than $225 million in cancer research grants nationwide.


The 20th Anniversary V Wine Celebration event weekend was hosted by Coach K, Robin Roberts, Scott Hamilton, Lou Holtz, and Joe Theismann.  The total included more than $16 million in “fund-a-need” donations to our Endowment, ensuring the longevity of our mission model –that 100% of every direct donation goes to fund cancer research.

We celebrated 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, who were honored in the area of Breast Cancer Research.

To date, the V Foundation has awarded over $200 million in cancer research 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.


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


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


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


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 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


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