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June 28, 2010

The Virginia Tech Athletic Fund

By: Brian Thornburg

What's a Hokie

Jessica Trapeni & Keith Ricks

“I love being a Hokie because of all the great experiences and opportunities Virginia Tech athletics has given me. I want to say thanks for all your support!”
Jessica Trapeni
Junior - Cross Country

“Having the best facilities and resources has played a great part in my success on and off the track! Thank you for everything that you do!”
Keith Ricks
Sophomore - Track & Field

Donor file

Mike and Mary Cooke
Hokie Club Level: Platinum
Currently Resides: Blacksburg, Va.
Family: Daughter Samantha – University of Texas, 2008
Son John – Virginia Tech, Class of 2011
Q: What year did you graduate?
A: We both graduated in 1975.

Mike, Mary & John Cooke

Q: What is a Hokie?
A: A fan who always supports our teams in victory or defeat.
Q: The Hokie Nation is real because …
A: Wherever you travel around the world, you meet fellow Hokies who greet you as a friend.
Q: How did you get involved with the Hokie Club?
A: We got involved in 1981 and later became active in the Hokie Representative Program.
Q: What caused you to become a fan of Virginia Tech?
A: Mike became a fan at age 9 when he attended his first game in 1962 in Roanoke. We both became huge fans while in school.
Q: What is your best memory of Virginia Tech athletics?
A: Shayne Graham’s last-second field goal vs. WVU in 1999 or any victory over UVa in any sport!
Q: Describe your perfect day at Virginia Tech.
A: Beautiful fall day, sold-out night game and tailgating with friends before a Hokie victory.
Q: Do you have any tailgating traditions? If so, tell us your best.
A: We have tailgated with two other families for many years and always arrive about three hours before kickoff.
Q: What motivates you to give back to help Virginia Tech athletics?
A: We admire and respect those athletes who strive to excel in both athletics and academics and want to support their efforts in both areas.
Q: My all-time favorite Virginia Tech athletes are …
A: Football - Bryan Randall because he exemplified the qualities expected of a student-athlete.
Men’s basketball - Dell Curry or Deron Washington.

Ways to Give: Real Estate

Understanding the different ways to give to the Hokie Club
Real estate gifts can be a tax-wise way to support Virginia Tech since they can be donated without paying any capital gains taxes. Moreover, if a donor has held the property for more than one year, he or she can claim a tax deduction based on its fair market value – even though it was purchased for only a fraction of that amount. (Property held less than one year also can be donated, qualifying for a deduction typically based on what the donor paid for it.)
There are a variety of ways in which real estate can be donated. It can be used to make an outright gift, allowing an endowment, capital project, or other needs to be funded right away. It can be used to fund a life income gift, paying the donor, and perhaps others, an income stream for life with the remainder then being used to support Virginia Tech. Donors also can contribute a remainder interest in a residence or a farm. This enables them to make a gift to Virginia Tech today while still living in their house or on their farm for the rest of their lives.
While the requirements to make a real estate gift vary, depending on the type of gift being considered, they typically require at least three steps – an appraisal of the property’s value, an assessment of any environmental risks posed by the property, and the preparation of a deed that actually transfers the property.
For more information on real estate giving or if you are interested in making a gift of real estate towards athletics, please contact the Hokie Club at (540) 231-6618.

Online Survey

Dear loyal reader and Virginia Tech fan,
For sure, it has been an exciting year yet again for Virginia Tech athletics! Queen Harrison dominated track and field on a national level. The football team won 10 games again and finished the season with a dominating victory over SEC foe Tennessee in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. The basketball team went to the NIT and tied a school record with 25 victories. The women’s soccer team went deep into the NCAA Championships, and Tech’s baseball team earned an at-large bid to the
NCAA regionals.
This year also marked our second as a magazine covering Virginia Tech athletics and bringing you a little different perspective on the Hokies. Now that we’ve got the magazine running, we’re interested in your thoughts – after all, we’re out to please you! – and want to make this magazine the best one possible.
So we’re asking for your help. In July, we will be sending out an email to all magazine subcription holders with a link to a brief
survey and we’re hoping you’ll take a few minutes to fill it out. Your thoughts will certainly help us as we prepare our coverage for the 2010-11 year. We want to give you the best possible inside information for all of your favorite Hokie sports!
You can also link to the survey by clicking here!
Thanks so much and Go Hokies!

2010 Orange & Maroon Tour a Success!

The 2010 version of the Orange & Maroon Tour has now concluded, and once again, we at the Hokie Club feel that it was very successful. As Lu Merritt, Director of Development for Intercollegiate Athletics, said, “Virginia Tech fans are very loyal and travel to great lengths to support our athletic teams, so the Orange & Maroon Tour is our opportunity to bring Virginia Tech coaches into communities across Virginia and beyond to visit with our fans. We feel that this is important for our fans and it is something that everyone enjoys.”
This year’s Orange & Maroon Tour visited 25 communities throughout Virginia and also extended into North Carolina, Maryland and West Virginia for three events throughout the months of April and May. Athletics Director Jim Weaver, Head Football Coach Frank Beamer, Head Men’s Basketball Coach Seth Greenberg, and Head Women’s Basketball Coach Beth Dunkenberger were featured guests at 12 regional events, while other head coaches, assistant football coaches, men’s and women’s basketball coaches and athletic administrators were featured at other Orange & Maroon Tour events.
Attendance for events across the board was high, as Hokie Club members and fans were excited to hear from coaches and administrators about their individual programs and were also interested to learn about the fundraising efforts of the
Hokie Club that address student-athlete scholarship needs and facilities projects.
The Orange & Maroon Tour is our opportunity to bring Virginia Tech coaches into communities across Virginia and beyond to visit with our fans.
Lu Merritt, Director of Development for Intercollegiate Athletics