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CureDuchenne raises more than $1.5 million at eighth annual Napa in Newport to help find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Southern California’s premier wine event brought together acclaimed Napa Valley vintners 
under one roof to raise funds for CureDuchenne 

NEWPORT BEACH California, November 10, 2022 – CureDuchenne and Vintner chair Dana Estates hosted the eighth annual Napa in Newport on October 29 at the Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California, which raised more than $1.5 million to find and fund a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. 

Napa in Newport brought some of the most acclaimed Napa Valley vintners together under one roof to serve their finest vintages and best wine experiences to more than 400 of Orange County’s top business leaders, influencers, entrepreneurs, philanthropists and wine connoisseurs. To date, the event has helped raise more than $8 million for CureDuchenne, a global nonprofit committed to finding and funding a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a genetic muscle disease in children that is 100% fatal.

The evening featured a Grand Tasting, vintner-hosted dining tables, an exquisite dinner with curated wine pairings and spectacular auction lots featuring rare and collectable wines, exotic getaways and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. This year’s event featured cuisine curated by Executive chef David Shim, the culinary genius behind COTE, the world’s first and only Michelin-starred Korean steakhouse. 

Executive chef David Shim. Photo credit Matthew Morgan Photography

“We are beyond thankful to our vintners, sponsors and attendees who made this year’s Napa in Newport a huge success, bringing us one step closer to a cure for this devastating disease,” said Debra Miller, founder and CEO of CureDuchenne. “We are closer than ever to a cure, and funding is critical to move more clinical trials forward for the thousands who need treatments now. Napa in Newport is a one-of-a-kind event, and we are grateful for the support of this generous community.”

Debra Miller, Rosalina Lydster and Paul Miller. Photo credit Werkit Photography

At the event, guests had the rare opportunity to experience exquisite wines from more than 45 world-class vintners, including this year’s Vintner chair, Dana Estates. Dana Estates is one of Napa Valley’s most exclusive cult wineries, boasting multiple top-rated wines which are only accessible through membership. 

“Dana is a Sanskrit term meaning ‘the spirit of generosity,’ and it is how we approach everything we do,” said Jae Chun, President of Dana Estates. “It was an absolute privilege to serve as the Vintner chair this year and put our name into action. When the community unites behind a cause, it instills hope for a better future for those living with Duchenne.”  

“It is my honor to be a part of this incredible event and to support CureDuchenne as we bring the community together for an important cause,” said Diane Kemple, event co-chair. “I am moved by the outpouring of support and generosity of everyone who was a part of this event, it will truly make a difference in so many lives.”

CureDuchenne is a global leader in research, patient care and innovation for improving and extending the lives of those living with Duchenne, the most common and severe form of muscular dystrophy. It affects roughly 1 in 5,000 male births and is 100% fatal. Since CureDuchenne was founded in 2003, the organization has raised more than $50 million for research and funded 17 research projects that have advanced to human clinical trials. In addition, CureDuchenne develops impactful programs that help families living with Duchenne around the world.

“It was an incredible night with impeccable wine and an exquisite meal from a Michelin-starred chef, but most importantly, it was for a wonderful cause,” said Sarah McElroy, event co-chair. “Every year, I look forward to this opportunity to make a positive impact and move research forward for people who need a cure for Duchenne now – and I am so grateful to everyone who came out to support us.”

Event sponsors included Porsche, Experian, The Caviar Co., Frome Family Foundation, PTC Therapeutics, WHGC P.L.C., Satellite Healthcare, Carson Wealth, Kaiser Permanente, ECOS, Platinum Inc.

The ninth annual Napa in Newport is scheduled for November 4, 2023. To learn more about the Napa Wine Series, please visit and to learn more about CureDuchenne, please visit

Photo credit Matthew Morgan Photography

About CureDuchenne
CureDuchenne is recognized as a global leader in research, patient care, and innovation for improving and extending the lives of those with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. As the leading genetic killer of young boys, Duchenne affects more than 300,000 individuals living today. CureDuchenne is dedicated to finding and funding a cure for Duchenne by breaking the traditional charitable mold through an innovative venture philanthropy model that funds groundbreaking research, early diagnosis, and community education. For more information on how to help raise awareness and funds needed for research, please visit

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