Class of 2013 - 3rd Class Campaign Dinner
On March 10, 2011, the VMI Foundation presented the Class of 2013 with a facsimile check representing the alumni gesture of support for the class’ upcoming Ring Figure preparations. Making the presentation to class president John Dommert at a special dinner in Crozet Hall was Major General Dick Collier, U.S. Army Reserve (Ret.) ’57, a trustee and Chairman of the Annual and Reunion Giving Subcommittee of the VMI Foundation.
MG Collier also addressed the class, giving them a presentation on the Barracks Program and the role which alumni play in supporting the VMI Corps of Cadets. Associated with the Foundation’s Barracks Program, the gift, totaling $34,413, represents $2,013 that will go directly to the class’ fund to assist them with Ring Figure preparations, as well as $100 for each member of the Class of 2013 to help defray the cost of the ring.
Class of 2011 - 1st Class Campaign Dinner
On March 3, 2010, Bob Copty ‘70, Vice President – Fundraising for the VMI Foundation, joined the 1st Class at their Campaign Kick-off Dinner in the Hall of Valor. The Class of 2011 will be carrying on a custom that began four years ago. They will engage their Brother Rats directly and, by doing so, acquaint them with the importance of giving back to VMI and the long and proud tradition of alumni support of VMI.
Mr. Copty shared his experiences as a cadet and his feelings of loyalty to VMI, which are reflected in his interest in giving back to the Institute. 1st Class President John Manning closed the evening with an update on the progress of the class’ campaign efforts, encouraging his Brother Rats to join him in “pulling forward” of the Class of 2012.
Class of 2014 - Breakout
On January 22, 2011, the Class of 2014 came into being. When the Brother Rats of this new class returned to their rooms in Barracks, each of them found a coffee mug with the words “Virginia Military Institute/2014” on the front and on the back, the symbol of the VMI Foundation and the words “Breakout 2014”. Accompanying the mug was a note card on which was a congratulatory message from Brian Crockett, the CEO of the VMI Foundation.
The presentation of a mug and a note to classes has been the custom of the VMI Foundation since February 2001 when they were given to the Class of 2004. This presentation has been an integral part of the VMI Foundation’s Barracks Program.
Class of 2012 - Ring Order Support from the VMI Alumni
On December 12, 2010, the VMI Foundation presented the Class of 2012 with a check for $32,500, which symbolized the $100 gift that the Foundation gave to each member of the Class in order to help defray the cost of their rings. This money serves as a gesture of support from the VMI alumni. With the price of gold rising, there is no doubt that every bit of monetary support helps.
However, it truly isn’t about the amount of money that cadets receive as it is about the powerful bond they share with alumni.
Class of 2013, 2012, 2011
Academic Year 2010-2011 Barracks Program Kick-Off
On October 14, 2010, the VMI Foundation hosted the leaders of the upper three classes to a dinner in Moody Hall. The object of the event was to kick off the main effort of this year’s edition of the VMI Foundation’s Barracks Program.
At the October dinner, the VMI Foundation’s CEO Brian S. Crockett explained the overall importance of private financial support to the Corps of Cadets, underlining the fact that the source of most of the endowments and annual contributions comes from alumni. Pat Webb, Vice President of Annual and Reunion Giving, also spoke to the cadet leaders about the Barracks Program’s background and its basic outlines.
Class of 2011 Makes Graduation Gift
At the Graduation Parade on May 15, 2011, the Class of 2011 continued a custom started by the Class of 2006 and presented its graduation gift to VMI: $35,161.77. This gift by the Class of 2011 was a combination of the Class of 2011’s Class Campaign and fund raising efforts exercised over their four year cadetship.
Of the total gift, $25,000.00 was dedicated to establishing the “Class of 2011 Scholarship”. The leadership of the Class of 2011 – Class President John Manning; Class Vice President Jonathan Twigg, Class Historian Lane Pratt, Class Treasurer Brian Blincoe and Class Agent David McCown presented their Class gift to Gen. J. H. Binford Peay III ’62 during the graduation ceremonies.
The Class of 2011’s Campaign was organized and orchestrated by the Class, with advice from the VMI Foundation. Their purpose was to enlighten their Brother Rats to the importance of financial support for VMI, encourage them to continue a long and honored tradition of alumni support and ensuring the standards of educational opportunities were preserved for future cadets.