RICHMOND, Va. – During the winter months, the Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center is one of the busiest buildings in the city of Richmond with VCU Basketball games bringing out record crowds in recent years.
The building got a warm-up for those record crowds last Friday when VCU Athletics teamed with Markel and D&H Construction to host the third annual Black & Gold Ball. With over 700 attendees, the event was once again a huge success, bringing in a record total of over $75,000 for VCU’s Ram Athletic Fund.
The black tie optional event featured a casino, dancing and wine tasting.
Upon arrival, attendees were greeted by members of the VCU baseball team as part of a red carpet entrance, while guests who purchased the VIP reception sponsored by Acme Paper & Supply were treated to an exclusive dinner with VCU President Dr. Michael Rao, Athletic Director Ed McLaughlin prior to the event.
“We take great pride in these types of fundraising events and I’m extremely excited about the response we received from the VCU community,” said Director of Athletics Ed McLaughlin. “The primary goal of the Ram Athletic Fund is to provide scholarship aid to our sixteen varsity sports as well as raise funds to support facility improvements and other initiatives inside the department. This event plays a critical role in our continuing quest to enhance the student-athlete experience at VCU.”
Ahmad Zeaiter - Two Custom Made Shirts from Commonwealth Clothiers
Emily Shiver - $500 worth of American Express
Wes McElroy - Two tickets to the Tennessee vs. Kentucky Football Game on November 30th
Jill Fishback - Two $50 Gift Certificates to the Azalea Garden Center
Manny Juranis - Four Tickets in the Director of Athletics Suite for One Men's Basketball Game in the 2012-13 Season
Brandon Greene - Four Floor Seats for One Men's basketball Game in the 2012-13 Season
Mark Ahern - Golf and Carts for Four people at Salisbury Country Club
Debbie Chewning - Lunch, Golf and Carts for Four at the Country Club at the Highlands
Devin - Five Day Twin Oaks Inn Package at Martha's Vineyard