Bidders stood shoulder to shoulder to a Take a Stand to break the $100 million barrier in money raised for cancer research during the 20th Annual V Foundation Wine Celebration.
The three-day festivities raised a record breaking $18-million pushing the 20-year total to over $100-million raised. Inspired by the late Jim Valvano, the V Foundation’s theme this year was “Time is Precious.”
Celebrity hosts included Mike “Coach K” Krzvzewski, Scott Hamilton, Robin Roberts, Joe Theismann and Lou Holtz. They joined several famed Napa Valley vintners and restauranteurs who provided an epicurean and culinary delights to a sold-out crowd.
The three-day signature fundraising event kicked off August 2, with a Hall of Fame luncheon at Harbison Estate, hosted by Joe and Pat Harbison and sponsored by ESPN. Several intimate dinners followed that evening at Sinegal Estate Winery, hosted by proprietors David and Shelley Sinegal; Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery, hosted by proprietor Beth Novak Milliken; and Trefethen Family Vineyards, hosted by proprietors, John and Janet Trefethen and Pride Mountain Vineyard, hosted by Stuart and Suzanne Pride Bryant. Additionally, Davis Estates proprietors, Mike and Sandy Davis hosted members of the V Foundation Giving Club at the Humanitarian and Founders Dinner.
On August 3, members of the Giving Club attended the Presidents Club & Vintner Grant Honoree Luncheon, sponsored by ESPN and Bentley Motors, hosted at Far Niente Winery by proprietor, Beth Nickel. The 2018 Vintner Grant Honorees were recognized for their continued support of the V Foundation with a grant awarded in the collective names supporting breast cancer research. The honorees are all breast cancer survivors and include; Suzanne Pride Bryan, Karen Aldoroty, Gina Gallo, Lauren Ackerman, Beth Novak Milliken, in honor of Mary Novak and Robin Lail.
Beth Nickel of Nickel & Nickel has hosted the Gala and Auction every year since 2005.
Fitz and the Tantrums entertained the guests.
Article By: Kari Ruel
Photos Courtesy of: Bob McClenahan