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V Foundation Wine Celebration Announces Schedule for Momentum 2.0 Virtual Benefit for Cancer Research


V Foundation logoJuly 6, 2020, Napa, CA — The V Foundation Wine Celebration is going virtual on August 8, 2020 by presenting “MOMENTUM 2.0”, a fully immersive, digital auction experience to support the V Foundation’s fight to achieve Victory Over Cancer®.

Hosted by the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history, Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski, ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas, ESPN’s SportsCenter Anchor Sage Steele, and Emmy award-winning auctioneer John Curley, MOMENTUM 2.0 will feature one-of-a-kind auction items, celebrity and musical appearances, and the chance to raise a glass virtually with fellow V Wine Celebration guests, all coming together to raise critical funds for cancer research.

The day begins at 9:00am PDT with the Answer for Cancer Symposium, followed by the Pre-Show Lounge with Wine Celebration highlights. The day culminates with the Virtual Auction Gala and an opportunity to bid on several exciting experiential auction lots to raise money for cancer research. Lots include a collaboration between Gemstone Vineyard and Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry featuring a 3L of 2019 Gemstone Ruby Barrel Selection in a beautifully designed bottle complete with encrusted ruby gems hand selected by Jared Silver, later to be made into a custom jewelry piece, and a once-in-a-lifetime chance to join Alden and Chef Emeril Lagasse at “Line, Vine & Dine”, the fifth annual fishing tournament held at the iconic A1A beachfront at the Ritz Carlton Fort Lauderdale. Upon registering for the auction, participants will be directed to auction platform Greater Giving, and will receive both email and text notifications when it’s time to bid via a smartphone or tablet.

“We may be separate by distance, but we are together in heart,” stated Jane Baer, VP & Managing Director of the V Foundation Wine Celebration. “This unprecedented moment has given us the opportunity to pause and assess what is truly important. While nothing would make us happier than to gather in the Napa Valley this August, going virtual with MOMENTUM 2.0 opens up our annual event to even more participation, and gives us the opportunity to share important information on the vital work the V Foundation is doing.”

Registration begins at $1500 (each registration link is good for one household), with 100% of registration proceeds going to help fund the V Scholar Grants that advance the establishment of independent research programs for innovative young scientists. Unique to the V Foundation, each V Scholar Grant supports both research funds and access to professional development workshops, networking and collaboration via the annual V Scholar Summit, and provides a competitive edge to leverage additional funding from other sources.

To register, visit https://www.winecelebration.org/momentum2020/. All event programs will require access to YouTube and are best watched on a larger device, or better yet, a smart TV. Additional donation amounts are also available for those wishing to support the V Foundation’s efforts to achieve Victory Over Cancer®.

The V Foundation Wine Celebration has raised more than $115 million for cancer research over the last 21 years.

For more, please visit winecelebration.org.

About the V Foundation Wine Celebration

Since 1999, the V Foundation Wine Celebration, benefitting the V Foundation for Cancer Research, has raised over $115 million for cancer research and related programs. This annual fundraising event in the Napa Valley demonstrates that commitment, passion and giving become the catalyst for positive change.

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 Foundation has funded more than $250 million in cancer research grants nationwide. Event proceeds benefit cancer research funded by the V Foundation. The Foundation awards peer-reviewed grants through a competitive award process strictly supervised by a Scientific Advisory Committee. For more information on the V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit v.org

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