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Charity Wine Auction to Debut in Jacksonville in 2020, Benefitting Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Neuro-Oncology Clinic

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Local wine enthusiasts to hold “Cork & Cuisine Experience” to honor loved ones they have lost and to support cancer research and clinical trials in Northeast Florida 

Jacksonville, Fla. – March 7, 2020 ­­­– Northeast Florida’s first-ever charity wine auction, Cork & Cuisine Experience, is debuting in Jacksonville this spring to benefit neuro-oncology research. From April 16-18, 2020 several venues across Jacksonville will host this three-day experience that brings together spectacular wines and food from world-class chefs and restaurants.

Proceeds from the Cork & Cuisine Experience will benefit Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Neuro-Oncology Clinic, with the goal of impacting critical research and clinical trials that help transform cancer care in Northeast Florida. This winter, Baptist MD Anderson launched two groundbreaking clinical trials to improve long-term survival for patients with recurrent glioblastoma.

For Cork & Cuisine Experience founders and chairs, Missy and Roland Boney, the center’s work is very close to their hearts, as they both lost their mothers to glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.

“The Cork & Cuisine Experience brings together our passion for wine, our desire to honor our loved ones who have passed, and our drive to move cancer research and clinical trials forward,” said Missy and Roland. “Brain or other nervous system cancers are among the top-10 leading causes of death for men and women today. We couldn’t think of a better beneficiary than Baptist MD Anderson as we strive to support families impacted by cancer today while advancing future research.”

The Cork & Cuisine Experience includes four events, detailed below, which will showcase world-class wines and cuisine as well as scenes and stories unique to Jacksonville.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Vintner’s Welcome, Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center

The Cork & Cuisine Experience begins with a reception and dinner to welcome vintners to Jacksonville, and provides an opportunity to them to meet Baptist Health & community leadership, grand patrons and special friends of the event. 

Friday, April 17, 2020

Art & Healing Wine Luncheon, Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center

This luncheon will feature an exclusive preview of the future home of Baptist MD Anderson’s Neuro-Oncology Clinic, providing guests with an exploration of the healing power of art.

Dinner with the Vintners, 13 locations across Northeast Florida

Winemaker dinners are a highly anticipated wine auction tradition of intimate gatherings, which will be held at 13 private homes and businesses across Northeast Florida. Guests of each home will enjoy exceptional wine and cuisine from a vintner and chef of the host’s choosing.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Wine Auction, The Brumos Collection

This premier, high-end live auction will feature one-of-a-kind wine and culinary experiences with restauranteurs and vintners from across the country. Every guest will have an opportunity to bid on more than 25 lots, which include an etched bottle series of the Jacksonville skyline, a stay at Castiglion del Bosco in Tuscany, Italy, and a seven-night wine expedition in Argentina with Revana Wines, among others.

“The outpouring of support for the Cork & Cuisine Experience means so much to Baptist MD Anderson and our patients,” said Bill Putnam, MD, medical director of Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center. “As we continue to grow our center, events like this are critical ways for us to ensure that patients have access to the latest research and treatment options available.”

Ticket prices vary by event and range from $150 for the luncheon to $2,500 for individual event tickets that cover the vintner dinner and wine auction, with a limited amount of Young Professionals tickets to the wine auction available for $500. Sponsorship levels range from $10,000-$200,000. More information on the events, vintners, tickets and sponsorship levels can be found and will be made available at corkandcuisine.com.

About Cork & Cuisine Experience
The Cork & Cuisine Experience is a three-day event in Jacksonville, Florida being held April 16-18, 2020, which will bring together spectacular wines and food from world-class chefs and restaurants. Benefitting Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Neuro-Oncology Clinic, the Cork & Cuisine Experience will provide opportunities to explore the scenes and stories unique to Jacksonville. Events include exclusive vintner dinners, an exploration of the healing power of art and a high-end live auction, which will feature one-of-a-kind wine and culinary experiences with restauranteurs and vintners from across the country.

About Baptist Health

Baptist Health is a faith-based, mission-driven system in Northeast Florida comprised of Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville; Baptist Medical Center Beaches; Baptist Medical Center Nassau; Baptist Medical Center South; Baptist Clay Medical Campus and Wolfson Children’s Hospital – the region’s only children’s hospital.  All Baptist Health hospitals, along with Baptist Home Health Care, have achieved Magnet™ status for excellence in patient care. Baptist Health is part of Coastal Community Health, a highly integrated regional hospital network focused on significant initiatives designed to enhance the quality and value of care provided to our contiguous communities. Baptist Health has the area’s only dedicated heart hospital; orthopedic institute; women’s services; neurological institute, including comprehensive neurosurgical services, a comprehensive stroke center and two primary stroke centers; a Bariatric Center of Excellence; a full range of psychology and psychiatry services; urgent care services; and primary and specialty care physicians’ offices throughout Northeast Florida. Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center is a regional destination for multidisciplinary cancer care which is clinically integrated with the MD Anderson Cancer Center, the internationally renowned cancer treatment and research institution in Houston. For more details, visit baptistjax.com.

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