Record Setting Amount Raised by Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic Foundation Grand Auction

Virginia Beach, Va. – The Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic Foundation (CBWCF) raised $1.2 million dollars, the most in the history of the event, for educational charities at the 25th annual Grand Auction on Nov. 12. Held at the home of CBWCF founders Bob and Eleanor Stanton, the sold-out crowd bid on art, rare and highly collectible wines, wine dinners, unique travel itineraries and automobiles.


“We are thrilled and touched by the generosity and support of our board members and bidders that made this our most successful auction to date,” said Jon Wheeler, chairman and president of the Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic Foundation. “With their support, we have been able to make a $70 million impact on the lives of Hampton Roads students who will have a brighter academic future.”


Guests at the Grand Auction were treated to cuisine prepared by the area’s top chefs from Atlantic Shores, Eurasia Café & Wine Bar, Fresh Events, Press 626 Café & Wine Bar, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Todd Jurich’s Bistro and Zoe’s Restaurant.


More information about the Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic Foundation and annual Grand Auction is at


About The Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic Foundation:

The Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to the belief that the future strength and prosperity of our region and nation are dependent on the education of our youth. Since its inception in 1990, the Foundation has raised and distributed millions of dollars to organizations which have supported the youth of South Hampton Roads, enabling thousands to pursue higher education, meaningful careers and fulfilling lives. In order to fund its mission, the Foundation stages a variety of events, highlighted by the Annual Grand Auction, for those with a special interest in enjoying, sharing and collecting wines.