I take joining Boards of directors very seriously, and I’m thrilled this month to be joining the Board of Directors for the V Foundation Wine Celebration. The celebration is a signature fundraiser for legendary sportscaster and coach Jim Valvano’s eponymous V Foundation, and has raised more than $30 million for research efforts to address a wide variety of cancers since it was first held eleven years ago.
My wife, Debra, and I became personally inspired when we attended the incredibly moving and motivating Wine Celebration in Napa last year, and we’ve become more involved since then. Earlier this year, we helped V Foundation use our Stories product to create a place for people to share their stories about Valvano and the work of The Foundation. I’m proud to say it’s now an incredibly poignant and supportive online community space that helps engage the community and inspire further donations. I lost my grandmother to cancer – it’s unfortunately one of those diseases that impacts just about everybody.
Even in tough economic times, it’s important to nourish our souls – I think it’s a huge part of being part of a community, and as a company, Bazaarvoice teams up to give back as well. This month we collectively sponsored five adopted families for Any Baby Can, collected dozens of coats and helped sort for Coats For Kids, and an in-house band is creating a CD to help raise funds for Austin Children’s Shelter. Our UK team recently ran the GRIM, an 8-mile off-road muddy race in the UK, to raise money for prostate cancer.
So, while we have a lot to celebrate this year at Bazaarvoice, there’s still a lot to do to help others, and we’ll continue to give back well into the future.