22 Dec 2022 Grants Awarded
Nashville Wine Auction is thrilled to announce that all 2022 beneficiary grants were awarded in full. This was shared at a special grant presentation earlier this month where a group of board members, donors and staff surprised their beneficiaries with this exciting news.
The Nashville Wine Auction exists to unite the wine community to fund the fight against cancer, supporting local non-profit organizations whose purpose is directly related to cutting-edge research, innovative treatment, and family/caregiver support.
“We are grateful and honored to fulfill 100% of all our beneficiary grant requests this year,” said Jim Sloan, Board Treasurer and Chairman of the Nashville Wine Auction Grant Committee. “These organizations have a unique impact on both a local and global scale. I’m thrilled we can support their work in a significant way.”
This simple end-of-year celebration is a culmination of a year-long effort for the Nashville Wine Auction team and its community. During the presentation, each beneficiary representative took a few moments to share how these funds will impact and further their mission.
“Our partnership with the Nashville Wine Auction spans more than two decades, and we are so grateful for the continued support of Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center,” said Ben Ho Park, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. “This year, we are honored to partner again, specifically to improve access and participation of Black women in breast cancer clinical trials, with the goal of improving outcomes for Black women with breast cancer in our region.”
“Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee is honored to be a beneficiary of the Nashville Wine Auction,” said Beth Torres, President & CEO, Make-A-Wish® Middle Tennessee. “The work the Wine Auction does to raise money and awareness for all organizations they support improves the care cancer patients receive in our community. From the staff to the event attendees, the Nashville Wine Auction is committed to fighting cancer. For Make-A-Wish® Middle Tennessee, this means more wishes for children facing a cancer diagnosis.”
Grant requests were also fulfilled for these organizations:
American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge: Funding supports Hope Lodge operating costs. Hope Lodge provides a nurturing place with a home-like community in Nashville for cancer patients and their caregivers to stay during their treatment.
Ascension Saint Thomas Foundation: Funding supports the Mission in Motion: Mobile Mammography Program and the launch of a second Mobile Mammography unit to reach disadvantaged, underserved, and uninsured women in Middle Tennessee.
Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee: Funding supports program costs providing evidence-based psychosocial cancer support to all people impacted by cancer and their families through community, action, and knowledge.
HopeKids, Inc.: Funding supports HopeDay & HopeCommunity Total Program Costs (family & patient support). HopeKids transforms the lives of children with cancer and their families through events, activities, and community support.
Leukemia Lymphoma Society: Funding supports the LLS Children’s Initiative and PearlPoint Nutritional Program. LLS leads the fight against cancer through ground-breaking research, accessible patient care, and grassroots advocacy.
Survivor Fitness Foundation: Funding supports scales and software to standardize the collection of metrics for program participants. Their programs provide cancer survivors with safe and reliable exercise and nutrition programs following treatment for cancer.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: Funding supports the “Next 20%: T13” – Translational Immunology and Immunotherapy Initiative. TI3 is an inter-departmental collaboration focused on expanding the use of cellular-based cancer immunotherapy as a curative treatment for pediatric solid tumors and brain tumors.
“It truly is the best time of the year,” said Nashville Wine Auction CEO/President Loren Chumley. “This is when we take the funds our community worked so hard to raise over the past 12 months, and we give it away to these incredible organizations!”