The NCAC kicked off 2014 with our New MountainYEAR celebration, as WV alums from all over the DC area gathered at our ‘unofficial’ Arlington headquarters, Ragtime, for a great night of fun with a lot of familiar faces. The NCAC Board organized the January 22 event to share some of our plans for the coming year, introduce the Board, its Committees, and the WVU initiatives we support to prospective members, and catch up with old Gold and Blue friends. We want you to get involved!
The NCAC has a long history of providing financial assistance to area students and to interns working with the WV Foundation, and we intend to maintain that commitment in the coming years with the funds generated by our membership dues and from various activities, such as the world’s greatest Crabfeast! (BTW, this year is Crabfeast XXXVII, and it’s August 16th…. mark your calendars now!).
But, because of the great level of alumni participation we have in the DC area, we were proud to officially increase our support of the Mountaineer Athletic Club. MAC Development Officer Dan McLean was on hand to announce the WVU Foundation endowment, made through the NCAC to the MAC, of $50,000 over the next ten years. Our gift also underscores the launch of a more tightly coordinated effort on future events between the NCAC and MAC, and we’re excited about the prospects and what that will mean to our membership.
The NCAC also recognized three individuals for their outstanding contributions to the chapter’s success. Sam Fisher received the NCAC Service Award, which goes to the individual who participates in and volunteers frequently at chapter events throughout the year. Scott Widmeyer, class of ’75, was presented the NCAC Sponsorship Award, which goes to a person or company for consistently supporting NCAC activities and takes into account the frequency of events sponsored, impact, and nature of sponsorships. Scott is the founder of the highly successful Widmeyer Communications, which recently merged with Finn Partners. NCAC Board Chairman Darren Feeley was also honored to present Jay Pugh with the NCAC Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of Jay’s more than 20 years as an alumnus in the NCAC, the enormous positive impact he has had on the group’s work, and the key role he has played in the chapter’s ongoing success.
We want to say congratulations to all of our award winners, and welcome to the many new NCAC members who signed up at the celebration. It’s going to be an even better New MountainYEAR with you on the team!