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The V Foundation for Cancer Research Announces 16th Annual V Wine Celebration

Net Proceeds to Benefit Cancer Research and Awareness Programs 

The 16th annual V Wine Celebration, which raises funds for The V Foundation for Cancer Research, one of the nation’s leading cancer research funding organizations, is slated for Thursday, August 7 through Saturday, August 10, 2014, in Napa Valley. The three-day signature fundraising event encompasses fine wines, gourmet cuisine, exclusive experiences, live music entertainment and live and silent auctions.

Over the last 15 years, The V Wine Celebration has raised more than $53 million with this annual event. Funds have helped the organization provide 539 cancer research grants nationwide, including grants in the San Francisco Bay Area to the Martin O’Neil Cancer Center at St. Helena Hospital, Napa’s Queen of the Valley Medical Center, Stanford University School of Medicine and UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Earlier this year, The V Foundation appointed Steve Bornstein as its Board Chair.  Bornstein, was instrumental in helping to create the foundation in 1993  when he was then-president of ESPN. Formerly the President and CEO of the NFL Network, Bornstein succeeds Robert Lloyd, who served as The V Foundation Chairman from 1994 to 2014, in memory of his best friend, Jimmy Valvano. Now Chair Emeritus, Lloyd will remain an active member of the board of directors and continue to play a leadership role in The V Wine Celebration.

“The V Wine Celebration is a fabulous weekend with abundant offerings of great wines, superb food, and the gathering together of old and new friends in the fight against cancer,” said Julie Allegro, founder of The V Wine Celebration.

This year’s event will kick off Thursday, August 7 with exclusive dinners at Raymond Vineyards, Silver Oak Cellars and Vineyard 7 & 8. Donors of $500,000 and above will be hosted by Suzanne Pride Bryan and Stuart Brian at the Humanitarian & Founders Dinner at Pride Mountain Vineyards. On Friday, August 8, donors of more than $50,000 will be invited to attend the Presidents Club & Vintner Grant Honoree Luncheon at The Napa Valley Reserve. The 2014 Vintner Grant honoree at the luncheon will be Naoko Dalla Valle, founder and proprietor of Dalla Valle Vineyards. Naoko lost her father to lung cancer and her husband to prostate cancer, and in January of this year, her 11-year-old nephew succumbed to Diffused Pontine Instrinsic Glioma (DPIG). Determined to fight this horrible pediatric brain cancer, Naoko has raised $350,000, including a matching grant from Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff and his wife Lynn. The V Foundation will make a grant in Naoko’s name to help launch a DPIG clinical trial at UCSF.

Friday evening’s popular “Let’s Get it Started” party at The Vintage Estates in Yountville, showcasing the All-Stars of research, will feature renowned Napa Valley restaurateurs and preeminent vintners, and offer a custom barrel auction, where guests will have the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind cases of custom-created wine blends from celebrated winemakers.

Saturday, August 9, will begin with a Cancer Research Symposium hosted by members of The V Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Committee, presenting the most current advances and discoveries in clinical applications, new diagnostics and alternative treatments for cancer. The Symposium will be followed by an Innovators & Icons Marketplace event with wine and fine food from local purveyors.  The weekend’s activities will culminate with a gala dinner and live auction at Nickel & Nickel Winery, followed by a private performance by The Midtown Men, the four stars from the original cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys.

Olympic gold medalist, world figure skating champion and U.S. Olympic Hall of Famer Scott Hamilton will serve as the host of The V Wine Celebration. In 1997, Scott was diagnosed with testicular cancer, which he battled and overcame. Years later, he also faced a brain tumor diagnosis—twice—finally recovering in 2010.

The fund-a-need will raise funds in support of bladder cancer research, in honor of Dave Kane. Kane, an active V Wine Celebration board member for many years, lost his 17-year battle with bladder cancer in 2011.

For more information about The V Foundation Wine Celebration, please visit www.winecelebration.org or contact The V Foundation Wine Celebration office at 707-963-0611.

ABOUT THE V WINE CELEBRATION
The V Wine Celebration is a world-class wine event and auction benefiting The V Foundation for Cancer Research. Set in Napa Valley, the heart of California Wine Country, this annual special event brings together 500 prominent members of the sports broadcasting, entertainment, media, lifestyle, technology, investment, medical and winemaking worlds to raise money to fund vital research in the fight against all types of cancer. The V Wine Celebration has helped fund 539 research programs at medical and research facilities across the country. Dedicated to giving back to the generous Napa Valley and surrounding communities that have so enthusiastically embraced it, the foundation has included many Bay Area institutions among its grantees, including St. Helena Hospital, Napa’s Queen of the Valley Medical Center, Stanford University and UC San Francisco. Co-founded by Julie Allegro and Robert Lloyd, The V Wine Celebration has grown to be to one of the top-rated charitable wine auctions in the country.