June 19, 2014
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced on Thursday that Virginia will partner with The V Foundation for Cancer Research to host “Virginia Vine: The Commonwealth Crushes Cancer,” a weekend event to be held in April 2015 at Trump Winery and other locations in Charlottesville.
The V Foundation, one of the nation’s leading cancer research foundations, is partnering with the Virginia wine industry, the University of Virginia Cancer Center and the Massey Cancer Center at Virginia Commonwealth University to raise critical funds for cancer research. Gov. McAuliffe will host a kick-off event tonight at the Executive Mansion.
Speaking about the new partnership, the governor said, “I am honored to welcome The V Foundation in Virginia to highlight two of our most unique assets – our renowned cancer research programs at UVa and VCU and our highly acclaimed wine industry.”
The “Virginia Vine: The Commonwealth Crushes Cancer” event will take place April 17-18, 2015 and will include a Friday evening wine festival and a Saturday afternoon cancer information symposium. The weekend will conclude with a dinner gala, featuring Virginia wines and local food products, on Saturday evening at Trump Winery. Each event will focus on funding for cancer research, while highlighting Virginia’s burgeoning wine industry.
“The V Foundation is honored to be a part of Virginia Vine,” said Susan Braun, Chief Executive Officer of The V Foundation. “Our mission to end cancer is only possible with excellent partners, and this is an extraordinary partnership.”
Beginning with the kick-off event today, Governor McAuliffe, Secretary Haymore, Secretary Hazel, the Virginia Wine Marketing Office, the Virginia Tourism Corporation, local chefs and restaurants, Virginia’s best-in-class cancer centers, and others will be working in tandem to promote the event over the course of the next year at various wineries across the Commonwealth.