Celebrates the Future
with style at The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond
Almost one year to the date that Longwood suffered the
worst fire in its history, a celebration of the future was held on April
19 at The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond as Longwood officials announced
a $32 million comprehensive campaign, the most ambitious
fund-raising effort ever undertaken by Longwood.
The Celebration as it begins in the Rotunda of The Jefferson
Dr. Patricia P. Cormier, President of Longwood, opened
the corporate-sponsored event by welcoming the guests, "Just one year
ago, on April 24, the Longwood family suffered greater devastation than
we ever could have imagined. And yet, tonight we celebrate our strength
and determination to grow and thrive despite extreme adversity."
With a theme of "a
turning point: The Campaign for Longwood," those attending the event
were treated to a special audio-visual presentation created by The Martin
Agency of Richmond. The video opened with dramatic footage of the "Great
Fire of 2001" while presenting a historical perspective of one of Virginia's
oldest colleges and the promise of a new era for Longwood - a turning point."
John Adams, president of The Martin Agency and co-chair of the Campaign
Major Gifts committee (along with his wife, Delores Howell Adams, Class
of 1970), stated, "We thought the anniversary of the fire would be a great
time to show the public how much progress has been made at Longwood over
the past year. Enrollment is up, the reconstruction plans are underway,
and this campaign is off to a tremendous start."
Burke Heflin '64, Alice Cheatwood Stallard '59, Donna
Perry Andrews '73, Hugh Stallard, Bunny Howell Adams '70, and
The co-chairs of the campaign, Hugh and Alice Cheatwood
Stallard, Class of 1959, spoke to over 220 donors and potential donors
gathered in the historic Rotunda of The Jefferson Hotel. "We are proud
to serve as co-chairs of this first campaign for Longwood," Mr. Stallard
stated. "We believe in Longwood's mission, vision, and leadership. And
we believe that, though Longwood is built upon a tradition of excellence
and quality, it is in desperate need of private funding to achieve its
goals and aspirations."
Following the opening
remarks and reception, guests enjoyed dinner in the Grand Ballroom of The
Jefferson Hotel along with some very special entertainment by Longwood students.
Five current Longwood students, representing the classes of 1841, 1904,
1944, 1969, and 2002, presented individual monologues reflecting upon the
history and lore of Longwood College. An elegant torch-passing ceremony
symbolizing the spirit of Longwood passing through previous generations
to the guests at their tables followed the monologues. The
evening ended with a musical presentation of This is The Moment
by Longwood's Camerata Singers.
Dinner in the Grand
The campaign kickoff event was generously sponsored
by The Martin Agency, Wachovia Bank, N.A., Sprint, and Verizon Communications.