2007 “A Toast to Randolph-Macon College” Gala Photo Gallery
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“A Toast to Randolph-Macon College” which was shown at the October 5th event
Ashland, VA – Robert Lindgren, the 15th president of Randolph-Macon College proudly
announced nearly $11 million in gifts during a celebration gala entitled “A Toast
to Randolph-Macon College” on Friday, October 5, 2007. More than 650 were in attendance
including Preston Bryant ‘87, Secretary of Natural Resources for the Commonwealth
of Virginia, for this grand occasion where five individual donors helped to make
this the biggest one-time gift announcement in the history of Randolph-Macon.
“This is an historic occasion in the life of Randolph-Macon College,” said Lindgren.
“The overwhelming generosity of these individuals is further confirmation of their
belief in the future of Randolph-Macon College. Our students, faculty and future
generations will benefit greatly from these extraordinary gifts. And this is just
the beginning,” Lindgren shared with an enthusiastic, ecstatic crowd.
Noted philanthropists Macon and Joan Brock from Virginia Beach
have made an initial $5.1 million gift to the College’s pending capital
campaign. The Brocks' gift will be directed to three essential priorities
for the college: first, funding for a high priority capital project, to be determined
upon the completion of the College’s campus master plan, currently underway; second,
a vital commitment for a professorship and targeted academic program support; and
finally, the Brock’s gift will fund exciting initiatives, including a speakers program
and support for R-MC’s career services, to further engage and benefit students.
“Joan and I are excited about the incredible successes at our beloved Randolph-Macon,”
said Macon Brock. “We can think of no better commitment than making sure future
students have the necessary tools to succeed at greater levels.”
Macon Brock, a 1964 alumnus of R-MC is the current Chairman of the College’s Board
of Trustees and a dedicated member of the Randolph-Macon family. Brock is the founder
and chairman of Dollar Tree Stores, Inc. He and his wife were lead donors for the
College’s state-of-the-art $9 million recreational facility named the Brock Sports
and Recreation Center in their honor. It is dedicated specifically to the health
and wellness of our students. The Brocks also spearheaded the garnering of private
support for the renovation of the Thomas Branch building which houses the Brock
Residence Hall, the Birdsong Peaks of Excellence Center and the Wilkins Atrium.
The building has now become R-MCs symbol for a true learning/living center that
offers labs, research areas, residential space and rooms for student/professor conferences
during research projects.
Continuing their commitment to close interaction between students and professors,
Ben and Peggy Schapiro, have pledged at least $1.25 million
for the continued growth of the “SURF” (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship)
program which will be renamed in their honor as the Schapiro Undergraduate Research
Fellowship Program. This program was established in 1995 by the Schapiro’s
through an endowment fund that supports original, scholarly undergraduate research
by Randolph-Macon students in all disciplines; this program is held during the summer
months. Schapiro, from Baltimore, Maryland is a 1964 alumnus and has served the
college in numerous volunteer capacities , including as a member of R-MC’s Board
of Trustees. Schapiro is currently a partner with the Baltimore investment firm
of QuestMark Partners.
R-MC also received a $1 million commitment from a 1962 alumnus, Don Perry, and his
wife, Anne. There are few in our community who have risen to all occasions. Don
Perry is currently the Vice Chair of R-MC’s Board of Trustees and has served on
all of our other boards in nearly every volunteer capacity. Don has always been
a steadfast advocate for our annual giving program. The Perrys’ gift will support
three important priorities, an endowed scholarship for students, the Athletic Endowment,
and finally, critical support for the Library.
In addition, the college received an anonymous gift in the amount of $1 million
which will be used for an endowment for student scholarships and also for programs
to enhance student engagement at R-MC.
Also celebrated during the festivities was the $2.6 million commitment
by Everette “Buddy” and Ann Allen to create an endowment for athletic programs,
as well as provide money for local scholarships. This generous commitment had been
announced by the College in July, 2007. Mr. Allen, a noted trial lawyer in Virginia,
is a 1962 graduate of the College and currently practices with the law firm of LeClair