The 16th Annual Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy Luncheon, hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE), was more like a big class reunion. The annual event was one of many marquis celebrations that was temporarily sidelined by the pandemic. VFCCE hosted its last one back in 2019.
The venue – a cavernous ballroom at the Hotel Jefferson in downtown Richmond – was brimming with activity. The nearly 250 guests who had assembled to honor philanthropists from all 23 of Virginia’s Community Colleges as well as the VFCCE, were visibly (and audibly) engaged with friends and colleagues. The steady hum of conversation could easily be heard by passersby outside the room and beyond.
More than two dozen individuals, families, and businesses were presented with the 2022 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy. Recipients of the Award are nominated for their outstanding commitment to the growth and development of Virginia’s community colleges and their respective foundations. The group collectively donated $10 million to Virginia’s Community Colleges (see list of award recipients and their respective colleges).
Among the numerous VIPs on-hand for the luncheon were Chancellor Glenn DuBois, State Senator Ghazala Hashmi, Anne Holton, former Virginia Secretary of Education, and professor of Education Policy at George Mason University, and Dr. Stewart Roberson, past chair of the VFCCE. Dr. Bill Hazel, Jr., former secretary of Health and Human Resources, was the event’s keynote speaker.