The V Foundation raises money for cancer research, and the Wine Celebration is their major fundraiser for the year. The V Foundation gets its name from Jimmy Valvano who lost his battle with cancer in 1993. This year, the Wine Celebration raised almost $9 million for cancer research.
It's a such a great organization, and I'm really honored to play a small role in it. Everyone involved is genuinely concerned about beating cancer. And that includes the guests who not only pay to be there but raise their paddles to give even more.
It's another one of those events that make me just feel so blessed to be able to make a living through photography. I can't believe the places I go and people I meet because I push a button on a camera. I got to visit Checkerboard Vineyards, Davis Estates, Chappellet, Far Niente, Silver Oak, Nickel & Nickel. I got to hang out with Jean-Charles Boisset and Gina Gallo in their home. I got to meet David Robinson, Mike "Coach K" Krzyzewski, Michael Franti (didn't really "meet" him but "saw him again"), and lots of local celebrities (winemakers and chefs). I even got cheauffered around in a Bentley.
I live a life that's way above my pay grade.
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