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'Pack the Pail' fundraiser supports Lunch Pail Defense Foundation

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Pictured (left to right) at the recent “Pack the Pail” fundraiser are Sandy Tynan, LPD Foundation Executive Director Jim Tynan, volunteer Valerie Lee Kalen, “The Clubhouse” host Danny Nokes and volunteer Logan Tyler.

The Lunch Pail Defense Foundation benefitted from the first “Pack the Pail” fundraiser on Nov. 10, in partnership with local sports radio show “The Clubhouse with Danny Nokes” (WWBU-FM Super Sports 101.7), Sharkey’s Wing & Rib Joint in Blacksburg and five Virginia Tech Greek organizations.

Created by Virginia Tech Football Coach Bud Foster, the nonprofit LPD Foundation funds college scholarships for local New River and Roanoke Valley high school students, and assists the families of those awaiting organ transplants.

A collaborative effort between LPD Foundation Executive Director Jim Tynan, local sports radio host Danny Nokes and Sharkey’s restaurant owner Stephanie Rogol, Pack the Pail was successful in raising $678 in just under five hours. Donations were made in the form of a percentage of food sales, a generous gesture by Rogol.

The event kicked off with a live two-hour broadcast of the local sports radio show “The Clubhouse with Danny Nokes.” Nokes, a Virginia Tech alumnus and brother of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, secured the participation of five Virginia Tech Greek organizations, and the students showed up in impressive numbers. A representative from each organization was interviewed during the broadcast about what the event meant to them.

“The turnout for the event was better than I could have imagined for our first time,” said Nokes. “Each organization’s representative was incredibly courteous and very well prepared to come on the air with me. They care a great deal about the foundation, and each organization deserves a ton of credit. We are grateful.”

Participating Virginia Tech Greek organizations included fraternities Phi Gamma Delta, Pi Kappa Alpha and Sigma Chi, and sororities Alpha Phi and Delta Gamma.

To date, the Lunch Pail Defense Foundation has awarded 23 scholarships of varying amounts for a total of $67,500, to students from 11 different high schools in the New River and Roanoke Valley areas: Auburn, Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Radford, William Fleming, Giles, Eastern Montgomery, Salem, William Byrd, Northside, George Wythe and the SWVA Governor’s School.

In addition, funds contributed to its Organ Transplant Family Support Program help to cover a variety of costs incurred by families of organ transplant patients, including long-term lodging, transportation, meals and child care.

Pack the Pail partners were all overjoyed by the first event’s outcome and look forward to developing the fundraiser for years to come.

For more information or to donate, visit www.lunchpaildefense.com.

For more information or to donate, visit www.lunchpaildefense.com.

— Submitted by Jim Tynan

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