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Ain't Too Proud to Beg

  • Tuesday, October 01, 2019
  • 11:30 AM - 1:15 PM
  • Jefferson Lakeside Country Club
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  • A special offer for participants in IOP programs to join VAFRE for a complimentary meeting.
  • For those individuals who are members of VAFRE.
  • For individuals who are not personally members of VAFRE but whose organization has one or more paid members.
  • For individuals who are not members of VAFRE and whose organizations do not have another member.
  • For members who have purchased their season pass only.

Join us on October 1st as Alex Smith shares some observations on fundraising from a life-long fundraiser.


Alex Smith, Director of Major Gifts, Collegiate School (retired)

A Lifetime Member of VAFRE who worked for 47-years at Collegiate, Alex served in roles that gave him opportunities to guide and advise students, recruit and welcome new students and families, and shape the scope and impact of Collegiate’s fundraising endeavors beyond measure. He helped establish and strengthen Collegiate’s development office, and in that role, raised funds that reshaped the landscape and grew the breadth of the campus: the fact that the Collegiate of today has grown by 20-plus buildings and facilities under his stewardship, along with the School’s endowment, is a testament to his commitment and loyalty. Overall, he raised more than $130 million for Collegiate yet, as he acknowledges, “It’s not so much about these buildings, it’s really the relationships. Buildings will come and go. At the end of the day, Collegiate’s DNA is relationships.”

  • 11:30 a.m. Registration
  • 12:00 p.m. Luncheon
  • 12:25 p.m. Program Begins
  • 1:15 p.m. Adjourn 

  • Regular: Chicken Piccata with Pasta and Broccoli, warm rolls.
  • Vegetarian/Gluten Free: Meatless Greek Salad.
  • Dessert: Carrot Cake.

    $20 for members (no additional fee for Season Pass holders), $25 for nonmembers employed by a member organization, and $30 for nonmember guests. Fees support program costs and administration. Registrations should be received by end of day September 25th.


    Contact VAFRE Administrator Mary Kidd, CMP, CAE at (804) 368-3398 or by e-mail to


    Credits for a future meeting or refunds will be given if notification of cancellation is received at VAFRE’s office prior to noon on the Thursday before a regular Tuesday meeting. If cancellation is received after the Thursday before a regular Tuesday meeting, credits and refunds will be given at the discretion of the Management Company based on the number of late registrations received. In the event of illness or an emergency, credits or refunds may be granted at the discretion of the Management Company.

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