The Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Educational Foundation hosted its 40th Annual Dinner at the Marriott Fairview Park on November 13, 2019. The event highlighted a range of impactful work from students and faculty with the theme, ‘Strong Roots, Bright Future.’ More than 460 attendees from government, business, education, and the local community joined NOVA faculty and staff in support of the NOVA Educational Foundation. Student ambassadors from a variety of disciplines shared their personal stories with donors and guests.
Governor Ralph Northam honored Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova, a NOVA alumna, as one of this year’s honorees. She delivered a moving honoree speech stating, “really, it has been NOVA that has prepared me for what I’ve done working for Fairfax County. I was eager to work; I was eager to realize my full potential. I’m grateful for the Foundation here at NOVA. I am a proud alumna.”
Chair of the NOVA Educational Foundation Board, Ellen Dyke, and former Virginia Secretary of Education, Jim Dyke, emceed the event. As lifelong advocates of education, the Dykes, spotlighted NOVA’s continuing public and private partnerships.
“Tonight’s event played a big part in continuing the NOVA Foundation’s mission of supporting the College and its students,” said Kelly Persons, executive director. “I look forward to the next 40 years of helping NOVA students succeed and become a part of our thriving community here in Northern Virginia.”