Virginia Vine Auction Gala to Offer At-Home Interactive Experience to Support Cancer Research

Virginia’s Finest Wines and Culinary Delights to be Delivered Straight to Homes

CARY, N.C., and Washington (March 18, 2021) – The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a top-rated cancer research charity, will host the sixth annual Virginia Vine fundraising event on April 24. Tickets for the two-part virtual event start at $500 per couple, with net proceeds supporting game-changing cancer research. It starts with a morning event broadcast from Middleburg, VA. The evening experience will broadcast from Leesburg, VA., and will be complemented by wine and hors d’oeuvres delivered to guests’ homes. A live auction and musical entertainment from two of Nashville’s biggest songwriting stars will round out the program.

“I’m excited to host another Virginia Vine,” said Joe Theismann, auction gala host, entrepreneur and former star Washington quarterback. “It’s going to be a fun evening, with great wine, food and company, and it will support research that is critically needed in immunotherapy. We’re helping shape a brighter future for those facing cancer.”

Voices for Victory, the hour-long morning event, will blend science and sports and be broadcast from Greenhill Winery & Vineyards on the V Foundation’s YouTube channel. It kicks off with a dynamic panel of cancer researchers from mission partners University of Virginia Health Systems and Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center sharing their work in immunotherapy and discussing how V Foundation funding is driving them toward Victory Over Cancer®. Following the research segment, guests will enjoy a conversation featuring ESPN on-air talent and V Foundation Board Member Jay Bilas, V Foundation Board Member and basketball great Dereck Whittenburg and sports legend Ralph Sampson, covering everything from sports to how cancer has affected them.

The virtual Auction Gala, broadcast from Stone Tower Winery, will be hosted by Joe Theismann, with Jay Bilas as the guest speaker. The gala will feature exquisite Virginia wine, culinary delights, one-of-a-kind auction items and entertainment from award-winning songwriters Neil Thrasher and Paul Overstreet, all in support of cancer research. Guests will have the option to experience the event via livestream on any device (computer, tablet, SmartTV, etc.) or via the Remo “virtual ballroom” video platform. This option will allow attendees to mix and mingle with friends and others in the room, including Jay Bilas and Joe Theismann.

Key corporate supporters of the event include McGuireWoods, Brandito and George Mason Mortgage.

“The Virginia Vine Auction weekend has been building in momentum every year,” said Julie Chase, chair of the event. “Although we’re primarily virtual this year, it will be a dynamic night as we enjoy the best of the Virginia Wine Country with friends – right in your own home while we continue to get closer to victory over cancer.”

The V Foundation holds 10 consecutive 4-star (highest) ratings from Charity Navigator, America’s largest evaluator of charities, making the Foundation among the top 2% of all charities evaluated. The V Foundation is also a GuideStar Platinum-rated charity.

For more information about the V Foundation, Virginia Vine or to donate, please visit v.org.


About the V Foundation for Cancer Research  
The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State University basketball coach and ESPN commentator. The V Foundation has funded more than $260 million in game-changing cancer research grants nationwide through a competitive process strictly supervised by a world-class Scientific Advisory Committee. Because the V Foundation has an endowment to cover administrative expenses, 100% of direct donations is awarded to cancer research and programs.  The V team is committed to accelerating Victory Over Cancer®. To learn more, visit v.org.