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V Foundation Wine Celebration Sets Record by Raising Impressive $21 million for Cancer Research

By Published On: August 11th, 2023

Live auction included dozens of incredible lots up for bid.

Cheers to the incredible success of this year’s V Foundation Wine Celebration held in Napa Valley, August 3-6. With the support of more than 600 guests, this top-rated cancer research charity raised a record-breaking $21 million. These funds support innovative ideas and groundbreaking advancements in cancer research.

The event, hosted by Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski, former Head Coach of Duke University Men’s Basketball and V Foundation Board Member, was a weekend full of entertainment and education. From Dinner with the Docs to the Rock the V party held at The Estate Yountville, attendees were treated to a variety of engaging activities. The Answer for Cancer Symposium, Gala Dinner & Auction and more, all ensured that the legacy of Jim Valvano’s Don’t Give Up…Don’t Ever Give Up!® was honored.

“Dr. Seuss said it best, my heart grew three times last night. Our entire community showed up to deliver on what Jimmy asked of us. We laughed, thought, and cried, and we hit an unbelievable number of $21 million. We can double down on cancer research and in our second half of this game, we are going to win,” said event co-chair Amy Marks Dornbusch. “There isn’t a single partner, donor, volunteer, performer, chef or first-timer who doesn’t feel the overwhelming emotion of what we do here, and the future has never looked brighter.”

The V Foundation Wine Celebration has now raised over $158 million to date.

I am excited to share some memorable event photos with you. These pictures capture a successful mission and are a testament to supporters’ unwavering dedication and generosity in the fight against cancer.

(All Photos Courtesy:V Foundation Wine Celebration)

V Foundation Wine Celebration Highlights

Jim Valvano’s 1993 ESPY speech during the V Foundation Wine Celebration.
Beth Nickel receives the inaugural V Foundation Humanitarian Award at the Gala Dinner & Auction.
Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski gives passionate speech during Gala Dinner & Auction.
Ethan Zohn, Winner of “Survivor Africa” and Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor at the Gala Dinner & Auction
V Foundation CEO Shane Jacobson Mickie and Mike Krzyzewski at the Gala Dinner & Auction.
Top lot included exclusive dinner with Coach K at Gargiulo Vineyards for $1 Million!
Event co-chair Amy Marks Dornbusch and the V Foundation Wine Celebration board of directors cheer the record $21 Million raised at the Gala Dinner & Auction.
Frank Lonergan, V Foundation Director of Major Gifts celebrates at the Gala Dinner & Auction.
The dedicated V Foundation Wine Celebration board of directors celebrate.
V Foundation CEO Shane Jacobson and Wine Celebration Founder Julie Maples.
(L-R) Beth Nickel, Coach K and Mickie Krzyzewski at the Gala Dinner & Auction.
Chef Michael Mina at the Gala Dinner & Auction.
Chef Charlie Palmer with Proprietors Kathryn and Craig Hall at Dinner with the Docs at HALL St. Helena.
Dinner with the Docs at HALL St. Helena. Photo: V Foundation Wine Celebration.
Tony Award winner singer/actor Christian Hoff (R) performs with Michael Cavanaugh, Broadway’s Movin’ Out Piano Man at Dinner with the Docs. 
Olympic Medalist, World Rowing Champion and breast cancer survivor Kate Johnson and Suleika Jaouad, New York Times bestselling author of “Between Two Kingdoms”, Emmy Award-winning NY Times column, “Life, Interrupted” and leukemia survivor at the Vintner Grant Honoree Luncheon.
L-R: Event co-chair Amy Marks Dornbusch,, speaker, educator & opera singer Indre Viskontas, and Juilliard violist Molly Carr at the Music as Healing Luncheon.
Two-time GRAMMY® winning Time for Three at the Music as Healing Luncheon.
Grantee Katie Campbell, Ph.D. – UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Answer for Cancer Symposium.
Grantee LaQuita Jones, D.O. – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital at the Answer for Cancer Symposium.
V Foundation Grantee Jaehyuk Choi, Ph.D., M.D. – Northwestern University IL at the Answer for Cancer Symposium.
GRAMMY Award® winning Gallant at the Rock the V party.
Vintners John and Michele Truchard at the Rock the V party.
KCBS Foodie Chap Liam Mayclem and Ethan Zohn, Winner of “Survivor Africa” and Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor at the Rock the V party.
L-R: Vintner Jean Charles Boisset, Mickie Krzyzewski, Michelin 3-star Chef Kyle and Katina Connaughton, and Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski at the Humanitarians & Founders Luncheon.

More Highlights and Scenes from 2023 V Foundation Wine Celebration

Rock the V Party Held at The Estate Yountville

Rock the V Party Silent Disco Held at The Estate Yountville

Gala Dinner and Auction Held at Nickel & Nickel Winery

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