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Record $9.2 Million Raised for Cancer Research at 15th Annual V Wine Celebration

Net Proceeds from the Event to Benefit Cancer Research and Awareness Programs

The V Foundation for Cancer Research, one of the nation’s leading cancer research funding organizations, is proud to announce the 15th Annual V Foundation Wine Celebration garnered $9.2 million on August 1-3 for cancer research.  The total included nearly $1.2 million in “fund-a-need” donations honoring Good Morning America co-host and cancer survivor Robin Roberts.  The event attracted attendees from all over the U.S. to Napa Valley to benefit the Foundation’s efforts to support cutting-edge cancer research at major institutions.

“The V Foundation Wine Celebration is an extraordinary, classy, entertaining way to gather amazing people and raise money for cancer research,” said Susan Braun, CEO of The V Foundation.  “After 15 years, the shine is brighter than ever.  Each vintner, each sponsor, each participant—all come together to make a difference, and this year was a resounding success.  Our deepest gratitude to everyone who made this possible.”

Hosted by legendary Duke men’s basketball coach Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski, The V Foundation Wine Celebration weekend included fine dinners and intimate wine tastings, an exclusive Bentley driving experience as well as live and silent auctions.  The V Foundation also presented a public Cancer Research Symposium, where prominent physicians and scientists presented the most current advancements in cancer research.  The gala dinner on Saturday, August 4, culminated with a performance by Oscar- and Grammy award-winning rock singer and guitarist, Melissa Etheridge. 

A highlight of the event was this year’s fund-a-need, which honored TV anchor Robin Roberts.  In 2012, Roberts was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder, myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), shortly after she defeated breast cancer.  More than 130 guests together donated nearly $1.2 million to the fund-a-need for MDS research.  Roberts gratefully addressed guests by video and thanked all for their love and support. 

The 15th Annual V Foundation Wine Celebration also featured a “Choose your Porsche” raffle.  With the winning ticket, Cyril and Blakesley Chappellet will chose either a 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera, 2013 Porsche Cayenne GTS or a 2013 Porsche Panamera to take home.  Only 325 tickets were available for sale.

For more information about The 15th Annual V Foundation Wine Celebration, please visit www.winecelebration.org or call 707-963-0611.  The 16th Annual V Foundation Wine Celebration will be held August 7-9, 2014.