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Longwood Athletics Benefit Celebration is back in October and better than ever

Auction items this year will range from Longwood memorabilia  to big-ticket items.

Auction items this year will range from Longwood memorabilia
to big-ticket items.

It’s back—and better than ever!

The Longwood Athletics Benefit Celebration (LABC) presented by the Lancer Club will make a grand return this fall. The second installment of the highly successful event will take place from 7-11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at The Omni Richmond Hotel.

After a year’s hiatus, the LABC returns to unite the Longwood family and energize the Lancer faithful to generate support for student-athletes. With 30 percent of Longwood alumni living in Richmond and 75 percent of alumni living in Virginia, the state capital was again determined to be the ideal location.

Following the success of the inaugural LABC, which raised more than $60,000, the Lancer Club envisions an even bigger event in 2014.

“To be a part of an event in a great venue that drew 300-plus Longwood alums was truly something special.”

— Chad Knowles ’94, Chair of the Lancer Club Advisory Board

“We are thrilled to bring the LABC back this year,” said Scott Bacon, associate athletics director for external relations. “There has been a lot of anticipation surrounding the return of this event, and we will need all the help we can get to make it an even bigger success than our first effort.”

Dr. Chad Knowles ’94, current chair of the Lancer Club Advisory Board, shares that sentiment.

“We are extremely excited about the second Longwood Athletic Benefit Celebration,” said Knowles. “The first auction was a tremendous success. To be a part of an event in a great venue that drew 300-plus Longwood alums was truly something special. Having the opportunity to meet the student-athletes and see the type of dynamic young people that Longwood Athletics continues to attract and produce reinforces your pride in our school.”

Knowles wasn’t the only person impressed with the inaugural LABC. Dr. Chuck Ross, former dean of the Cook-Cole College of Arts and Sciences, had high praise for the event as well.

“My wife, Julie, and I had a great time,” said Ross. “I’ve been here since 1992, and I think it was the best-organized and most enjoyable Longwood event I’ve been to during those years.”

The event will follow the format of the inaugural LABC and feature a live and silent auction, music, dancing, heavy hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. The auction stock will range from Longwood memorabilia to big-ticket items, all offered to the highest bidder in an effort to raise support for Longwood student-athletes. Current sponsors of the event include Longwood University Dining Services, Barnes & Noble at Longwood University and Real Living Cornerstone/Navona Hart, owner.

While Oct. 24 may seem far away, Knowles does have one piece of advice for the Longwood family. “Lancers had better reserve their tickets now,” he said. “You do not want to miss this year’s auction. I hope to see everyone at the Omni in October.”

For tickets, sponsorship information or to donate items, please call the Lancer Club at 434-395-2081.