Dinner with President Sullivan. Golf with Dean of Students Allen Groves. Batting practice with Cavalier baseball coach Brian O’Connor. A champagne air tour of Central Virginia. A 1980s-vintage poster lampooning “How the Dean Stole Easters.”
Any of these, and many, many more items, are being auctioned online to raise funds for the $51 million Rotunda restoration project. This fall’s auction is a new, expanded version of a fairly successful effort that began in the spring and raised $10,000.
“The Restoration Auction” is the effort of a committee of folks, according to its website (which may put it in the running for the most creative, effective and productive committee ever assembled).
The organizers have posted a statement of purpose: “In our day, restoring the Rotunda’s cracking structure and crumbling façade carries greater significance than the renovation of an old building. It speaks to the responsibility and privilege we have to honor the legacy with which we all have been entrusted.”
The site also includes a quick overview of the restoration plans.
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