Altruism Alfresco

  • Nancy Wong Bryan
JULY 16, 2014

The V Foundation for Cancer Research

WHAT: Napa Valley is the setting for the 16th annual V Wine Celebration, an entire weekend of charitable events, including winery dinners, a research symposium, a live auction, private performances, and more. Among the guests to be recognized is Vintner Grant honoree Naoko Dalla Valle, founder of Dalla Valle Vineyards, whose 11-year-old nephew tragically succumbed last January to Diffused Pontine Intrinsic Glioma (DPIG), an aggressive and untreatable pediatric brain cancer. The Vintner Grant, one of a number of annual gifts awarded by the V Foundation, will help fund clinical trials on pediatric brain tumors through the Pacific Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Consortium, with a focus on DPIG at the University of California, San Francisco. “UCSF neurologists and neurosurgeons are supported by one of the most advanced diagnostic imaging centers in the world, staffed by pioneers in the field,” says V Foundation executive director Jane Brovelli. “They also lead the way in research for new treatments. The patients have the opportunity to participate in studies of promising new medications and treatments.” Because the V Foundation has an endowment to cover its administrative expenses, 100 percent of the weekend’s proceeds will go toward various cancer research and programs. Donors of greater than $50,000 are invited to the exclusive Presidents Club and Vintner Grant Honoree Luncheon at the 80-acre Napa Valley Reserve in St. Helena. Donors of greater than $500,000 will be hosted at the Humanitarian & Founders Dinner at Pride Mountain Vineyards.

WHEN: August 7–10

WHERE: Napa Valley, Calif.

CONTACT: Jane Brovelli, 707.963.0611, winecelebration.org

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