Nonprofit Partner Spotlight: The Nashville Wine Auction

NWAlogoEven the most novice food enthusiast recognizes the importance of pairing wine with certain dishes and cuisines. But here in Nashville, whether you’re a ‘foodie’ or not, one of the best things you can pair with wine is something that might actually surprise you—your time. 

Combining fantastic wines and philanthropy, the Nashville Wine Auction is a self-sustaining, nonprofit, charitable organization that exists solely to raise funds in the fight against cancer by engaging Nashville wine enthusiasts and wine communities from around the globe. In its 30-plus years of existence, the organization has raised more than $17 million for local cancer charities, including the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge, Gilda’s Club, the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Saint Thomas Cancer Network, and more.

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Guests bid during a Nashville Wine Auction event

It all began in the summer of 1980, when a group of Nashville friends (led by Tennessean critic Homer Blitch and local businessman Thomas J. Milam) decided to put together a wine auction to raise money for the American Cancer Society. They called it “l’eté du Vin” (A Summer of Wine) and the event generated more than $3,000 in contributions.

After a popular and successful debut, the auction became an annual affair and gradually expanded to a series of summer-long events in Nashville that has attracted visitors and wine fans from across the United States. By 1993, l’eté du Vin had grown into the country’s biggest one-day charity wine auction outside the California wine regions.

A small sampling of some of the wonderful wines at the Nashville Wine Auction
A small sampling of some of the wonderful wines at the Nashville Wine Auction

Re-branded in just the last year as the Nashville Wine Auction, l’eté du Vin remains the group’s marquee event. But the organization produces a host of similar affairs throughout the calendar year now as well, and volunteers play a vital role in ensuring the success of all of them. For many, the chance to donate their time to such a unique organization that is working to fight cancer right here in Middle Tennessee has resulted in a truly one-of-a-kind volunteer opportunity.

Vanderbilt senior Courtney Kirk, who volunteered at one of the group’s recent Pairings Events, had this to say about her experience:

“Volunteering for Nashville Wine Auction is a hands-on opportunity of the best kind. I cannot say there is another organization I have volunteered for where I have felt as though I really contributed (so much) to the event.”

Hard-working, focused individuals can volunteer with the Nashville Wine Auction in a variety of capacities, including event and silent auction setup, live auction assistance, guest registration, and more.

Volunteers assisting with guest registration
Volunteers assisting with guest registration

Sound enticing? There are a few upcoming events at the Nashville Wine Auction that you can donate your time to this summer. 

>Sign up to volunteer with the Nashville Wine Auction!

Interested individuals can email Kristin@NashvilleWineAuction.com and visit the Nashville Wine Auction website for further information about events and volunteer opportunities available.

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