Editor's note: The following is an open letter to Virginia Tech employees from Kevin Foust, chief of police and director of security. Foust is the honorary chair of the 2016 Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign.

Dear colleagues,

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of witnessing firsthand the Ut Prosim spirit of the Hokie Nation during the Virginia Tech Police Department’s 24-hour relay fundraiser. Ten members of the department ran 138 miles, raising about $3,000 for the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign.

On behalf of the Virginia Tech Police Department, I would like to thank everyone who made a donation and came out to cheer us on in the rain. We appreciate your support and your dedication to making a difference in our community.

And, while hundreds of individuals supported our 24-hour relay, departments across the university are showing their support for the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign by holding fundraisers of their own.

Thanks to these fundraisers and individual pledges, about 6 percent of our employees have donated more than $121,000 toward our $325,000 goal. We still have a long way to go, but I know that with your help, Virginia Tech employees can show the community that we too embrace the Ut Prosim way of life.

Remember, every gift, no matter how small, can have a huge impact on our community. With more than 1,000 charities to choose from, including dozens located right here in the New River Valley, you can truly make a difference.

Just imagine the lives that could be changed if each of us made a donation; the hungry would be fed, the homeless would have shelter, and veterans would receive the support they need. With your help, the possibilities are endless.

Please join me in supporting this year’s Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign. While the campaign will continue through Dec. 12, I encourage you to make your donation today.

Kevin L. Foust
Honorary Chair, 2016 Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign
Chief of Police and Director of Security

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