Champagne and Chardonnay Raises $68,000!

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 20, 2014) – The Nashville Wine Auction is pleased to announce that Champagne and Chardonnay: A Sparkling Evening Just for Ladies raised $68,000 to fight cancer in Middle Tennessee. The elegant ladies-only cocktail party was hosted on November 13 at the home of Sylvia Roberts, which is featured in the hit ABC television series, Nashville.

Champagne and Chardonnay, co-chaired by Amy Atkinson and Carol Hudler, increased its fundraising totals from 2013 by $11,000 and attendance was the highest ever, with 350 guests. “The night was truly ‘sparkling’ as all these beautiful ladies came out to celebrate,” said Atkinson. “Carol and I are so grateful to our Host Committee, which worked tirelessly to ensure not only that we had a memorable evening, but also were able to raise so much money to fight cancer.”

After being greeted with glasses of Champagne at the doorway, ladies entered to fabulous furs in the hall and found Judith Ripka Jewelry and Tory Burch handbags in the den. The living room showcased the Sparkling Silent Auction which featured sixty lots of fine wines, art and luxury items. G Catering & Events provided exceptional hors d’oeuvres including Black and Blue Tarts (Black Angus Beef, Blue Cheese, Black Currant Caviar), Wild Mushroom and Parmesan Risotto Cakes, Stuffed Strawberry (Apricot, Thyme, Goat Cheese, Aged Balsamic Drizzle) and an impressive cheese display.

“This was our most successful Champagne and Chardonnay to date,” said Holly Whaley, President/CEO of the Nashville Wine Auction. “Our amazing and supportive ladies enjoyed everything from the gorgeous wines of Pol Roger and Domaine Faiveley to the exceptional food by G Catering, all in Sylvia’s beautiful home.”

During the program, Susan Hosbach, President/CEO of PearlPoint Cancer Support shared poignant testimonies of cancer survivors who have been benefitted from programs that are funded through grants from Nashville Wine Auction. The biggest sale of the night was a 7-night trip for four to Antigua at the Verandah Resort & Spa, which sold for $5,100!

Saint Thomas Health served as the Presenting Sponsor for Champagne and Chardonnay for the fourth year. Supporting Sponsors included Mark B. Whaley, DDS Aesthetic and General Dentistry and Curcio Dermatology. Pol Roger and Domaine Faiveley wines were donated by Frederick Wildman and Sons, Ltd.

ABOUT NASHVILLE WINE AUCTION: Established in 1980, the Nashville Wine Auction is the oldest charity wine auction in the country. It has raised over $19 million for organizations whose purpose is directly related to treatment, patient care, and eradication of cancer here in Middle Tennessee. The 2014 list of beneficiaries includes: American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge, Gilda’s Club Nashville, Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Middle Tennessee, PearlPoint Cancer Support, Saint Thomas Cancer Network, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and Williamson Medical Center Foundation.