For Immediate Release:
April 21, 2011
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For Immediate Release:
April 21, 2011
The Dalke Family – brothers Jeffrey, J. Timothy, Peter, and William – of Woodstock, Virginia, has earned the 2011 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy. They were nominated for the award by Lord Fairfax Community College. The award was given at a luncheon ceremony at the Country Club of Virginia on Tuesday, April 19, 2011.
These four brothers have contributed over $100,000 to establish the William F. Dalke Jr. and Kathryn Stover Shaffer Dalke Endowed Scholarship in memory of their parents. Mr. and Mrs. Dalke were lifelong residents of Shenandoah County and operated movie theaters in Woodstock, Strasburg, Edinburg, New Market, and Stephens City, VA. The couple believed in making college education opportunities available as part of bringing success to individuals and the community. The Dalke brothers set up the scholarship in 2008 to support students who graduated from Shenandoah County Public Schools and demonstrate financial need.
The Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy is hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) to honor the leading philanthropists from each of Virginia’s 23 community colleges as well as the statewide foundation. This marks the sixth year the awards have been given.
This year’s class of distinguished philanthropy leaders has contributed a combined total of $11 million dollars to Virginia’s Community Colleges.
“Each of these supporters personifies the theme of this event, Living Philanthropy. For those of us here today, living philanthropy is the promise that our impact will live on; it will blend with those who came before creating a larger and larger living tapestry of good will, benefitting and elevating those who come next,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges.
Award recipients will have a scholarship named after them which will be awarded next fall to a student attending their community college. The scholarships are funded largely by the Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation.
The luncheon’s keynote speaker was Caroline Altman Smith, the Kresge Foundation’s program officer for Education. Ms. Smith also accepted the philanthropy leadership award on behalf of the Kresge Foundation, which was nominated for the award by the VFCCE for Kresge’s partnership in the Great Expectations program to help more Virginia foster youth pursue and graduate college.
“I believe that increasing educational opportunity is the key to helping people achieve their full potential,” Smith said. “A first generation student who earns a college degree changes the trajectory of his or her family forever. Education is one of the most powerful anti-poverty tools we have, and it’s a privilege to help implement Kresge’s new strategy, so that more students can realize the enormous benefits of higher education.”
The Lord Fairfax Community College Educational Foundation Inc. is an independent, not-for-profit entity dedicated to assisting the College in meeting its current and future needs. Incorporated in 1978, the Foundation is committed to raising funds for academic programs, facility upgrades, equipment, student scholarships and professional development for faculty and staff. The Foundation is governed by a board comprised of business and community leaders who represent the College’s service area. The Foundation’s assets are managed by the Board and are audited annually by an independent accounting firm.
For more information about the Foundation, interested individuals may contact Liv Heggoy, Director of Development, at 540-868-4091 or [email protected]
Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.
Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. Lord Fairfax Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. LFCC also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.