Richmond, Va. (April 8, 2019) - Virginia Union University (VUU) announced gifts exceeding $7 million during its 7th Annual fundraising event. The Legacy Awards & Scholarship Gala was held on Friday, April 5, 2019 at The Shed in Richmond’s Main Street Train Station. Nearly 700 people attended the Gala which was hosted by Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and 2008 VUU alumna Brittany Garth, certified empowerment life coach and owner of Pinq LLC., a co-working space for women entrepreneurs. Gifts are still being accepted at www.vuu.edu/GiveNow.
Students, faculty and staff joined together to make a historic $1.6 million dollar giving pledge over the next 20 years. In addition, VUU executive leaders and administrators pledged $5.7 million in planned giving. This is the first time that a collaborative giving campaign has been announced at VUU.
“I am proud of the generosity shown by supporters on campus and in the community. It is exciting to see the passion they feel towards VUU,” said Dr. Hakim J. Lucas, President and CEO of Virginia Union University. “When giving begins at home, others feel the pride and commitment. We are deeply grateful for these remarkable gifts, which will help our university continue charting its own path with determination.”
VUU honored three “Legacy Award” recipients during the Gala, including:
Virginia Union’s First Thursday Jazz Band provided entertainment during a pre-gala VIP reception and during the program. Legacy Band performed during the post-gala dance. NBC12 and Richmond Free Pres were the media sponsors for the event.
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About VUU: Virginia Union University is a premier liberal arts urban institution of higher education and center of excellence for the preparation of students and the development of leaders for tomorrow’s world. It was founded in 1865 to give newly emancipated slaves an opportunity for education and advancement. Virginia Union University offers a broad range of educational opportunities that advances liberal arts education, teaching, research, science, technology, continuing education, civic engagement, and international experiences. Visit https://www.vuu.edu/ for more information.