Thursday, March 31, 2011

Governor McDonnell Announces “Black and Gold Day” to Raise Money for VCU’s Massey Cancer Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 31, 2011


Contact: Jeff Caldwell
Phone: (804) 225-4260
E-mail: Jeff.Caldwell@Governor.Virginia.Gov


Governor McDonnell Announces “Black and Gold Day”to Raise Money for VCU’s Massey Cancer Center
~Governor’s Office Encourages All Virginia Businesses to Participate~

RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell today announced the Governor’s Staff will participate in a “casual Friday” to support VCU as they play in the Final Four this Saturday. Friday, April 1st will be “Black and Gold Day” at the Governor’s Office. In order to participate, each staff member is being asked to contribute $4.00 to Team Virginia to support VCU Massey Cancer Center's Massey Challenge, the charitable partnership of the Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10k presented by MARTIN'S.

Speaking about “Black and Gold Day,” Governor McDonnell remarked, “The Capital City is filled with enthusiasm and spirit for the VCU Rams, and all of Virginia is proud of what VCU has accomplished. We thought this would be an opportunity to show our support for the team by wearing black and gold to work on Friday while, at the same time, raising funds for the life-saving work done by the VCU Massey Cancer Center.”

The Governor is also encouraging businesses throughout Richmond and Virginia to participate in “Black and Gold Day”. Contributions can be made by joining Team Virginia here (minimum online donation is $10.00) or by collecting $4.00 per person in-house and sending contributions to VCU Massey Cancer Center ATTN: Team Virginia. All proceeds will go to the VCU Massey Cancer Center.

Virginia businesses and organizations participating in “Black and Gold Day” can show their spirit by emailing photos of their staff’s participation to press@governor.virginia.gov and the top ones will be posted on the Governor’s Facebook page and on the Governor’s website. The Governor and his staff will be taking a photo on the steps of the Capitol on Friday.

About VCU Massey Cancer Center VCU Massey Cancer Center is one of only 66 National Cancer Institute-designated institutions in the country that leads and shapes America’s cancer research efforts. Working with all kinds of cancers, the Center conducts basic, translational and clinical cancer research, provides state-of-the-art treatments and clinical trials, and promotes cancer prevention and education. Since 1974, Massey has served as an internationally recognized center of excellence. It has one of the largest offerings of clinical trials in Virginia and serves patients in Richmond and in four satellite locations. Its 1,000 researchers, clinicians and staff members are dedicated to improving the quality of human life by developing and delivering effective means to prevent, control and ultimately to cure cancer. Visit Massey online at www.massey.vcu.edu or call 877-4-MASSEY for more information.

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