Several representatives from Dabney S. Lancaster Community College attended a gala at the Richmond Marriott in October to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Virginia Community College System. The event, attended by hundreds of VCCS supporters, raised $2.4 million for the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE). Speakers highlighted the tremendous growth of the VCCS since 1966, noting the many thousands of Virginia students earning academic awards and non-credit credentials leading to employment and career advancement. Seated, from left: Joanne Young, who accompanied her husband, Dr. Bob Young, Vice President for Instruction and Student Services at Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave; DSLCC Educational Foundation Board President Elaine Nelson, and her husband, Mark Nelson, both of Lexington. Standing, from left: Dr. Donald Puyear, who served as DSLCC’s first president; DSLCC President Dr. John Rainone and his wife, Laura Rainone; Ramona Garcia of Bath County, member of both the DSLCC Local Board and DSLCC Educational Foundation Board; Rachael Thompson, Executive Director of the DSLCC Educational Foundation; and Dr. Young.