Monday, August 11, 2014

Nashville Wine Auction Weekend Raises Nearly $1 Million to Fight Cancer

Posted By on Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 5:30 PM

In last week's Dining column, I described the Nashville Wine Auction's annual Patron's Dinner, a $1,000 per plate fundraiser featuring two great chefs and some extraordinary wine.

The dinner is the second of three days of events under the umbrella l’Eté du Vin that the nonprofit Nashville Wine Auction uses to raise money to support the fight against cancer. The third, a massive wine auction, is the biggest fundraiser of the three.

The total for l’Eté du Vin weekend this year? Almost a million dollars.

From the auction's release:

“We were honored to bring the elegant wines of Château Margaux and their revered winemaker, Paul Pontallier, to Nashville,” says Nashville Wine Auction’s Executive Director, Holly Whaley. “The 35th Anniversary of l’Eté du Vin was a huge success, in every way. I have such gratitude for our attendees, donors, sponsors, board members, committee members and volunteers for all of their hard work and support to fulfill our mission. Combined with Pairings, Nashville Wine Auction has established itself as an organization that offers premier wine and food experiences unlike any other festival in town.”

The total amount of money raised during l’Eté du Vin in 2014 is a $214,000 increase from the 2013 number of $704,000. With the inclusion of Pairings, where Nashville Wine Auction raised $200,000 in February, the total amount raised this year is $1,118,000! Champagne and Chardonnay, the ladies-only event hosted on October 1, will continue to add to the total.

The total attendance for four days of events was over 750 people, which increased from last year, despite having one less event. There were over 85 volunteers that helped with the planning and production of l’Eté du Vin throughout the course of the weekend.

The full details of the auction and some of the winning bids are here.

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