V Foundation Wine Celebration 2018

The Wine Celebration is the major fundraising event for the V Foundation -- named for Jim Valvano and established by ESPN. It's a charity that raises money to fund cancer research.


And raise money they did! Over $18 million.


The three day affair consisted of various events throughout the Napa Valley. On Thursday, I attended a lunch at Harbison Estate then dinner at Pride Mountain Vineyards. On Friday, there was another lunch at Far Niente and then the Rock the V Party at the V Marketplace in Yountville. Saturday was the big gala and action at Nickel & Nickel Winery. Led by the absolute best auctioneer I've ever worked with, John Curley, the auction was a huge success. They were hoping to raise $10 million and almost doubled that amount. The excitement was incredible.


Guests in attendance included Robin Roberts, David Robinson, Mike "Coach K" Krzyzewski, Joe Theismann, and Scott Hamilton. Closing out the celebration was Fitz and the Tantrums.


Here are few images from the events:


And some of my images on Good Morning America: