ARLINGTON, Va. — The Northern Virginia chapter of the National Hampton Alumni Association (NOVA-NHAA, Inc.) raised over $20,000 during its annual Scholarship Gala fundraiser.
The event was held Saturday, March 18, at the Sheraton Pentagon City and sold out with over 400 in attendance – most of whom were fellow alumni. Attendees enjoyed live music by the Special Occasion Band, as well as a silent auction.
Though the focus of the event was to raise funds, the night felt like a Hampton reunion. Hamptonians from the class of 1940 up to currently enrolled undergraduate students were present.
Among those in attendance were Mrs. Nancy Smackum, one of the chapter’s charter members, HU Director of Alumni Affairs Ms. Brint Martin, National Hampton Alumni President Mrs. Dorothy Lee-Murry, and President of the Hampton Alumni Mid-Atlantic Region Mrs. Toni Johnson-Conner. Dignitaries such as Lieutenant General and Mrs. Robert Ferrell and the CEO of First Priority Trailways Marcia Milton were also at the event.
The chapter capitalized on its location near the nation’s capital and the professional network of its members to secure a bevy of corporate sponsors for the night. We thank Management Support Technology, Inc. (MSTI), Spartan Business & Technology, Campbell & Company, and GP&E Consulting Group for their partnership and commitment to a great cause.
Fundraising for the night totaled over $20,000. The funds will go to multiple NOVA-NHAA scholarships to local high school seniors embarking on their freshman year at Hampton, as well as a large contribution to the University via the chapter’s two endowed scholarships.
Founded in 1979, NOVA-NHAA, Inc. has supported Hampton University students from the Northern Virginia area with financial scholarships for the last 38 years. In total, the chapter has awarded over $235,000 via its endowed scholarships and looks forward to adding these new funds to the books.
NOVA-NHAA, Inc. would like to thank its chapter members, friends, and families who come together year after year to ensure the fundraiser is a success. They truly “let their lives do the singing!”