#ThanksRAF... Getting to know: Bill Gallasch

Today marks the third day of Ram Athletic Fund Appreciation Week, where VCU Athletics will spend the entire week focusing on the 2,000-plus donors that make their success on the court and in the classroom possible.

Each day will feature giveaways, donor profiles, tweets and much more to show our appreciation for the passion and dedication shown by the Ram Athletic Fund.

We've profiled former student-athlete Rodney Ashby and VCU grad Glenn Davis, who is the President and CEO of BranCore Technologies. Today we chat with Richmond native and local real estate expert Bill Gallasch.

VCUAthletics.com: Why do you feel it is important to support VCU Athletics?

 Athletics is for everyone. They have a long shelf life and they are not just local. Money is the linchpin to developing a successful program. 

VCUAthletics.com: How would you like to see your gift impact today’s generation of VCU students?

BG: Open their eyes to a bigger world and the confidence to compete in it. 

VCUathletics.com: With so many great charitable organizations you could choose to support, why do you include VCU among your philanthropic priorities?

 It’s a “gem” in my town. Each accolade that is in the news whether its academic, medical or sports. It’s all great. 

VCUathletics.com: Please share one of your most memorable experiences as a Virginia Commonwealth University student/fan…

 I have to go with the Final Four. 

VCUathletics.com: Do you have a game day routine, or could you describe your experiences cheering-on the Rams on game day (coming to games, other?)…

 Early food prep and always be on time.

VCUathletics.com: How have you seen VCU change since you were a student/ over the years?

 Same old weird hair, but today everyone has an identity. VCU, RAMS, HAVOC or just black and gold.. no one did that in my day. 

VCUathletics.com: What would you say to a friend who was considering joining the Ram Athletic Fund? 

 Do it! No better investment, it’s our home.

VCUathletics.com: What are you most looking forward to in the 2013-14 season?

 Excellent basketball, bragging rights and some new t-shirts!