Northern Neck Electric Cooperative honored with Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy

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At the 13th Annual Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy event, Northern Neck Electric Cooperative was honored for their contributions to higher education for the Northern Neck region. Among those who were on hand to receive the award were (front row left to right) Marty Mothershead with Greg and Cheryl White (of NNEC), Sarah Pope (of RCC), Beverly Gates (RCC Foundation) and (back left to right) VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois, RCC President Dr. Elizabeth Hinton Crowther, Rusty Brown, Jay Garner and Richard McClendon (of the NNEC), and Rob Gates (RCC Foundation).

Northern Neck Electric Cooperative (NNEC), headquartered in Warsaw, Virginia, has received the 13th Annual Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy. NNEC was nominated for the award by Rappahannock Community College (RCC).

More than two dozen individuals, families, and businesses from around Virginia have earned the 2018 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy. The awards were presented at a luncheon ceremony in Richmond on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE), the 13th annual event honors leading philanthropists from each of Virginia’s 23 community colleges as well as the statewide foundation.

This year’s class of distinguished philanthropy leaders has contributed a combined total of 6 million dollars to Virginia’s Community Colleges.

NNEC is committed to enhancing the value of member ownership; providing safe, reliable, affordable electricity and outstanding member services; and participating in community activities and economic development to enhance the quality of life in the region.

To that end, NNEC established a perpetual endowed scholarship at RCC that will help future students attend the College at an affordable cost.

RCC President, Dr. Elizabeth H. Crowther stated, “NNEC is a vital part of the economic and social fabric of the Northern Neck, providing power, jobs, and community support to our region for 80 years. Working with NNEC to ensure an affordable higher education for area students is a natural partnership.  I am proud to nominate NNEC for a 2018 Chancellors Award for Leadership in Philanthropy.”

Keynote speaker Paul Koonce, executive vice president & president and chief executive officer with the Power Generation Group, Dominion Energy, called the community college system “one of Virginia’s greatest inventions.” He also borrowed a passage from a 1903 Teddy Roosevelt speech to underscore the invaluable connection between higher education and opportunity.

“’Far and away, the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. Our purpose (as donors) is to make sure that prize – meaningful work – the best prize that life offers, remains within reach of every Virginian.’”