Philanthropy Honored

L to R:  Dr. Glen DuBois,Chancellor for Virginia Community Colleges; Midge Coward and Emily Coward, board members of Laughing Gull Foundation; Latrisha McCargo,Dr. Tara Blackwell, &  Dr. Al Roberts representing SVCC
L to R:  Dr. Glen DuBois,Chancellor for Virginia Community Colleges; Midge Coward and Emily Coward, board members of Laughing Gull Foundation; Latrisha McCargo,Dr. Tara Blackwell, &  Dr. Al Roberts representing SVCC

Richmond – The Laughing Gull Foundation has received the 13th Annual Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy. The progressive family foundation proud of its’ commitment to justice was nominated for the award by Southside Virginia Community College.

More than two dozen individuals, families, and businesses from around Virginia have earned the 2018 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy. The awards were presented at a luncheon ceremony in Richmond on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018.

Hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE), the 13th annual event honors leading philanthropists from each of Virginia’s 23 community colleges as well as the statewide foundation. This year’s class of distinguished philanthropy leaders has contributed a combined total of $6 million dollars to Virginia’s Community Colleges.

Laughing Gull Foundation is a progressive family foundation proud of its’ commitment to justice.  As a steadfast advocate of higher education in prison, the Southside Virginia Community College’s Campus Within Walls(CWW) program appealed to the Foundation.  Targeting higher education in prisons, LGF aimed to increase access to credit-bearing college courses for incarcerated individuals.  Beginning in 2015, LGF awarded scholarships to incarcerated men at the Lunenburg Correctional Center who were involved in the CWW program. Recently, the group awarded additional funding to hire a coordinator to keep the program operational. 

Keynote speaker Paul Koonce, executive vice president & president and chief executive officer with the Power Generation Group, Dominion Energy, called the community college system “one of Virginia’s greatest inventions.” He also borrowed a passage from a 1903 Teddy Roosevelt speech to underscore the invaluable connection between higher education and opportunity.

“’Far and away, the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. Our purpose (as donors) is to make sure that prize – meaningful work – the best prize that life offers, remains within reach of every Virginian.’”

Recipients of the 2018 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy:

BLUE RIDGE                               Mr. and Mrs. L. Ronald Smith

CENTRAL VIRGINIA                 Wells Fargo Bank- Lynchburg Region

DABNEY S. LANCASTER          Temple Baptist Church and Ovella Worsham Estate

DANVILLE                                Anita J. Wyatt

EASTERN SHORE                       Virginia Space and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport

GERMANNA                            Ed C. Dalrymple, Jr.

J SARGEANT REYNOLDS          The Lipman Foundation

JOHN TYLER                            Mr. J. Richard and Mrs. Jeannine Commander

LORD FAIRFAX                        Nick and Kathy Nerangis

MOUNTAIN EMPIRE               Donna Stanley

NEW RIVER                             Eddie and Kathy Hale

NORTHERN VIRGINIA             Northrop Gumman

PATRICK HENRY                        The Martinsville Speedway and the Campbell Family

PAUL D CAMP                         Mrs. June Fleming                 

PIEDMONT                             Wendy Brown

RAPPAHANNOCK                      Northern Neck Electric Cooperative

SOUTHSIDE VA                       The Laughing Gull Foundation                                  

SOUTHWEST VA                     Dr. Charles R. King

THOMAS NELSON                   Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.

TIDEWATER                            Elizabeth River Crossings, LLC

                                                The Landmark Foundation

VIRGINIA HIGHLANDS            First Bank and Trust Company

VIRGINIA WESTERN                 Friendship Health & Living

WYTHEVILLE                           Charles G. Crockett

VFCCE                                         Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Whitt

 

 

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Since 1966, Virginia’s Community Colleges have given everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened. By making higher education and workforce training available in every part of Virginia, we elevate all of Virginia. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 252,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

 

About the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education:  Working hand in hand with Virginia’s 23 community colleges, the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education seeks to guarantee financial assistance to all students who dream of attending college. The foundation is building an endowment that is already generating interest to provide full scholarships to selected community college students; helping more Virginia foster youth pursue and complete higher education through the Great Expectations program; and leading a partnership to improve rural Virginia’s education pipeline through the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative. Learn how the Virginia Foundation for Community College is building the future of Virginia. Visit VFCCE.org.