David and Paige Gum Honored with 2013 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy

For Immediate Release:
April 22, 2013

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(Richmond) – David and Paige Gum of Berryville, Virginia, have earned the 2013 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 in Richmond, VA, on Tuesday, April 16, 2013.

The Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy luncheon is hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) to honor the leading philanthropists from each of Virginia’s 23 community colleges.  This marks the eighth year the awards have been given.  This year’s class of distinguished philanthropy leaders has contributed a combined total of more than $17 million dollars to Virginia’s Community Colleges.

The Gum family owns National Fruit Product Company (White House Foods) and, most recently, Henkel-Harris in Winchester, VA.  Faith and family values are core principles that guide their business operations as well as their charitable giving.  They have supported Lord Fairfax Community College’s Great Expectations program since it began two years ago.  This program assists students who have been part of the foster care system and focuses on the value of a college education as the best way to gain employment and achieve independence.

According to David Gum, “the community college system itself is extremely effective and efficient, and serves a wide range of people of various needs.  Looking at other higher educational systems, it’s where we choose to invest.”

Paige Gum adds, “We encourage others to give money where there’s a great need as there is at community colleges. It’s a calling for us to help students be successful in life, contribute to their communities, and play a positive role as good citizens.”

The honored philanthropists will have a scholarship named after them, which will be awarded next fall to a student attending their community college.  

“The generosity of the two dozen philanthropy leaders we honor represents a brilliant collection of individuals, foundations and employers who believe in the sheer beauty of transformation,” says VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois. “They believe in the knowledge and skills that Virginia’s Community Colleges offer to every Virginian.  We thank them deeply for the partnerships that demonstrate the brilliance of philanthropy.”

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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.

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