NAPA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The V Foundation for Cancer Research announced the 2019 V Foundation Wine Celebration has raised more than $7 million during a weekend of events in the Napa Valley. The total includes $5 million in “Fund-A-Need” donations to support the V Foundation’s Canine Comparative Oncology program. This innovative grant-making program accelerates research by working with cancer centers and veterinary colleges nationwide to compare the cancers of beloved pets with the cancers of humans to learn more about the disease and to develop better treatments, care and progress for both human and pet patients.
During the Wine Celebration Gala, the V Foundation announced a collaboration with Morris Animal Foundation that will support research to advance canine comparative oncology. Morris Animal Foundation announced a $1 million challenge in support of research tied to the Morris Animal Foundation Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. The collaboration will focus on genomic sequencing that will allow for significant progress in understanding the genetic aspects of canine cancers, thereby advancing human cancer research efforts.
Hosted by Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski, Duke University men’s basketball coach and V Foundation Board Member, the three-day signature fundraising event attracts attendees from all over the country to the Napa Valley to benefit the V Foundation’s efforts in achieving Victory Over Cancer®.
A highlight of this year’s event was the live auction featuring a VIP experience to the sold-out Eagles “Hotel California” concert in Las Vegas, hosted by Beth Nickel, proprietor of Nickel & Nickel Winery. NBA Hall of Famer, champion and 10-time all-star David “The Admiral” Robinson, offered up cooking classes for four, agreeing to double the lot. Culinary host, Chef Emeril Lagasse, doubled his lot of a weekend in New Orleans for four lucky couples. Over 25 lots brought in $2 million dollars at the culmination of the weekend’s festivities.
In its 26 years, the V Foundation has awarded more than $225 million in cancer research grants nationwide. Because of research, there are earlier diagnoses, a better understanding of what causes some cancers, more positive prognoses of some cancers, and therapies designed to kill cancer while preserving the patient’s overall health. The V Foundation distributes research grants for all types of cancer to the most promising scientists nationwide through a competitive process vetted by a Scientific Advisory Committee. The 22nd annual V Foundation Wine Celebration will be held on August 6-9, 2020.
For full information on the 2019 event, please winecelebration.org/new/press-releases. For more information about the 2019 Wine Celebration, please visit winecelebration.org. For more information about the V Foundation for Cancer Research, please visit jimmyv.org.
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