Last night University of Virginia president John Casteen was awarded the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Paul Goodloe McIntire Citizenship Award. We at the United Way have known for a long time about John Casteen’s quiet work to strengthen our community. He has served on our board of directors for a number of years, and he and his wife Betsy have hosted events for the United Way at Carr’s Hill on numerous occasions.
Last week he honored the United Way by hosting one of the first events at the newly renovated Morven Farm for some friends and supporters of the United Way. The venue only allows for a limited number of lucky guests; we met in what is currently called The Meeting Barn – nothing barn-like about it, except the openness of the space! President Casteen shared with us some of the history of Morven Farm, donated to the university by John Kluge, and made some gracious remarks about the positive impact the United Way has had on our community in our 66 year history. He noted the many ways the University’s employees have been involved in the United Way, from their enthusiastic participation in the Day of Caring, to serving on our board, and supporting such initiatives as Smart Beginnings and the Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition.
Margery Daniel, our new board chair, also shared some amazing facts on how many children now have health insurance, how many adults now have free medications for long-term illnesses like diabetes and heart disease, how many families receive child care scholarships, and how many millions of dollars the United Way saves the community each year through its outreach programs that save people money.
We then were treated to a tour of the main house at Morven Farm, built in the early 1800s and beautifully restored and decorated. It was truly a wonderful opportunity, and we thank John Casteen for his unwavering support. We all know how much he has done for the University of Virginia; how nice to see him be honored so publicly for the work he has done for our community.
Posted by Kim Connolly.
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