Nashville Wine Auction Surprises its Beneficiaries with End-of-Year Checks

2021 Grants Bestowed and 2020 Gap Filled

NASHVILLE, TENN. – Dec. 2021 –Due to the overwhelming success of the 42nd Annual l’Eté du Vin, the Nashville Wine Auction was able to award 100 percent of the 2021 grants requested by their beneficiaries.  In addition, the organization was able to make up for the shortfall in last year’s awards.  The nonprofit’s pivot to virtual events last year due to COVID allowed the organization to award partial grants, however, this year the board was thrilled to fulfill the balance of those 2020 requests as well.

A group of board members, donors, and staff surprised their beneficiaries with this news at a special grant presentation gathering earlier this month. 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.

“It was a joy to award our beneficiaries a record amount of funds to help them with their important work,” said Nashville Wine Auction CEO/President Holly Whaley. “That’s what Nashville is all about.”

“Your ability to inspire and motivate the community of wine enthusiasts and collectors to support the array of local services for people impacted by cancer is impressive and appreciated,” said Harriet Schiftan, CEO/President of Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee. “This incredible donation will ensure our Red Door will always be open for anyone impacted by cancer to receive high-quality evidence-based cancer support at no cost.  Your long-term commitment to Gilda’s Club in particular, has truly, allowed us to operate fully during the pandemic despite continued economic uncertainty. We are so appreciative and grateful to be among your selected beneficiaries.”

“We are grateful to present such a substantial contribution to each of our beneficiaries this year!” said Lisa Maki, Chairman of the Nashville Wine Auction Board of Directors. “Each organization was so appreciative and overwhelmed by the Nashville Wine Auction’s generosity.  I’m so glad we were able to give to them in such a significant way.”

“Thank you so much for this and for all you do!” said Dan Thompson, Vice President-Foundations, Ascension Saint Thomas Foundation. “It is humbling to have the support and encouragement of NWA. Thank you!”

The simple end-of-year celebration was extra meaningful this year after successfully navigating the challenges of the pandemic and all that went along with that for this event-focused organization. Everyone felt a great sense of satisfaction to be able to fulfill 2020 and 2021 grant requests in full. That makes for a happy holiday indeed.