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Joe Theismann Returns to Host 5th Annual Virginia Vine Benefiting the V Foundation

Guest Paul Begala to be Featured Speaker

Press Release – Middleburg, VA [March 12, 2019] – The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a top-rated cancer research charity, is excited to announce Virginia Vine will be held April 27 at Stone Tower Winery and the Salamander Resort & Spa in Loudoun County, Va. Over the years, Virginia Vine has raised more than $1 million for cutting-edge cancer research. The V Foundation is honored to have Joe Theismann, entrepreneur and former quarterback of the Super Bowl XVII champion Washington Redskins, back for the fourth year to host the event. The V Foundation is pleased to welcome Paul Begala, commentator for CNN and professor at Georgetown University, as an honored guest and featured speaker.

“Virginia Vine is a celebration with great wine, food and people,” said Susan Braun, CEO of the V Foundation. “We celebrate our successes in cancer research and step into the challenge of raising funds for the cancer cures of the future.”

Friday evening, the V Foundation will host a welcome reception for VIPs at the Salamander Resort & Spa. The following morning, the V Foundation will hold a cancer research symposium, open to the public, at the Salamander Resort & Spa.

“I am so lucky to host Virginia Vine again this year,” said Theismann. “This event brings the best of Virginia food and wine together with people who are truly committed to ending cancer. It is a pleasure to spend the weekend among friends as we work toward our goal.”

Saturday evening guests are invited to “Raising Spirits, Raising Hope … An Evening of Fine Wine, Food and Conversation” at Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg, Va. Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, followed by a seated, three-course meal, paired with Stone Tower Winery’s exceptional wines. The event will include a silent and live auction in addition to a “Fund-A-Need.” The funds raised will be granted to Virginia Vine’s three mission partners – Inova Schar Cancer Institute, University of Virginia Health System Cancer Center and Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center – to support prostate cancer research, as well as groundbreaking research projects across the country.

“What an incredible opportunity – to enjoy a weekend in beautiful Loudoun County while supporting groundbreaking cancer research,” said Begala. “I look forward to being part of an event so deeply committed to stopping the disease.”

The V Foundation has proudly awarded more than $225 million for cutting-edge cancer research. The V Foundation holds a 4-star (highest) rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest evaluator of charities, and is among the top 3% of all charities evaluated. The V Foundation is a GuideStar platinum-rated charity.

For more information about Virginia Vine, please visit

About the V Foundation for Cancer Research

The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State University basketball coach and ESPN commentator. The Foundation has funded more than $225 million in cancer research grants nationwide. Event proceeds benefit cancer research funded by the V Foundation. The Foundation awards peer-reviewed grants through a competitive awards process strictly supervised by a Scientific Advisory Committee. For more information on the V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit

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