The following is an open letter to Virginia Tech employees from Robert Sumichrast, dean of the Pamplin College of Business and honorary chair of the 2014 Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign.

Dear colleagues,

Once again, Virginia Tech employees have shown how much they care for their community, both locally and beyond, with their generous contributions to the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign

Thanks to the big hearts of our 1,566 employees, we raised $317,826 for the 2014 Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign. Unfortunately, we did not meet our $325,000 goal; however, employee participation was up (from 1,529 in 2013) and we raised about $6,000 more than we did last year.

Virginia Tech employees have donated more than $1.4 million to the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign during the last five years.

The organizations receiving the most support from Virginia Tech employees included the Free Clinic of the New River Valley, the United Way of Montgomery, Radford, and Floyd, and the Women's Resource Center. Hundreds of other organizations received donations as well.

Thanks so much again for your kindness and generosity. Your donations will make a world of difference in our communities.

Robert T. Sumichrast
Honorary Chair, 2014 Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign
Dean, Pamplin College of Business

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