As part of its fourth annual Virginia Vine program, the V Foundation for Cancer Research held two events in Loudoun last weekend to highlight progress being made in fighting cancer and to raise money to continue that work.
On Saturday morning, a cancer research symposium was held at the Salamander Resort and Spa. The program was hosted by Dr. Joseph Moore, a V Foundation board member who is the medical director of the Duke Raleigh Cancer Center and professor of Hematology and Oncology at Duke Cancer Center. Speakers included representatives of Virginia Vine’s three mission partners: Inova Health System, University of Virginia Health System and Massey Cancer Center at Virginia Commonwealth University.
That evening, Stone Tower Winery hosted the Raising Spirits, Raising Hope—An Evening of Fine Wine, Food and Conversation fundraising benefit that was led by former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theisman. Also attending was Stephanie McMahon, the chief brand officer for World Wrestling Entertainment, who along with her husband, Paul “Triple H” Levesque, established Connor’s Cure, a cancer research fund in Pittsburgh, following the death of at 8-year-old WWE wrestling fan. The program, which included a silent and live auction, was attended by 300 supporters.
Organizers were still finalizing this year’s results, but over the first three years, Virginia Vine has raised more than $560,000, most of which has been dedicated to support cancer research in the commonwealth. The V Foundation was founded in 1993 by legendary basketball coach Jim Valvano and has distributed grants totaling more than $200 million to support cutting-edge cancer research. With its administration costs covered privately, the V Foundation is able to distribute 100 percent of the contributions it receives directly to cancer research.