MADISON. W.Va — The WVU Boone County Alumni and Friends held the 29th annual Pig Roast on Saturday, July 23. The event was held to raise money to funds scholarships for future WVU students from the Boone County area.
WVU Alumni of all ages gathered at this event, from some of their most senior members to those that have yet to attend the university. The event, held at the Riverview County Club in Madison, more closely resembled a family reunion then a fundraiser.
Todd Mount, the current president of WVU Boone County Alumni and Friends, said that providing these scholarships to students was their primary goal, which is something they have been providing for many years now.
“We’ve been doing that now for 29 years, we’ve raised hundreds of thousands of dollars during that time, and we’ve given away hundreds of scholarships,” Mount said, “This year alone, we awarded 38 students scholarships totaling just under $30,000.”
The event was also host to a more somber moment when they paid tribute to recently passed member, Stephen Lane Douglas. The board dedicated this year’s Pig Roast to Douglas.
“One of our dearest friends, one of our greatest supporters passed away this year, he was a great leader to us and a great supporter to us and we miss him so, so much,” Mount said.
Mount presented a framed resolution to Douglas’s family that stated that the WVU Boone County Alumni and Friends will never forget Douglas and would like to give him their deepest thanks. Douglas’s wife, Jean Douglas, said that WVU alumni associations were very important to her husband.
“He would never miss it, we would schedule all of our events around Pete Rose, the Crab Fest and the tournament,” Douglas said.
Douglas said that in honor of her late husband, the family found T-Shirts of his from previous years of the Boone County Pig Roasts they each wore. She said he appreciated his extended family at the WVU Boone County Alumni and Friends.
“Thank you for being a friend to him and our family and I know he enjoyed you all very much,” Douglas said.
In addition to providing scholarship, Mount also said this year the board donated $3,000 to the recent flood relief efforts and encouraged members to provide more donations to continue that support.
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