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Annual Accolades 2020

February 15, 2021
By Ashley Dustin M.Ed. '20

Vietnam veteran Woody Caine ’66 led a tour of the Vietnam Experience exhibit at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum on Sept. 29, 2019.

Despite the challenges of the past year, W&M regional networks hosted an impressive medley of events, featuring both virtual and in-person programs. This year’s winning events include beer tastings over Zoom, “lunch & learns,” exclusive museum tours and service events at James Monroe’s Highland.

This is the third year the William & Mary Alumni Association has conducted the Annual Accolades, a process to recognize and celebrate excellence in regional networks. In 2020, 10 networks won in at least one category. There are three Overall Awards and eight Programming Excellence awards. Best Virtual Engagement Opportunity was added as a Programming Excellence award in 2020 to reflect the rapidly evolving programming this year. The 2020 awards honor events and board activities that took place between July 2019 and December 2020.

The three Overall Awards focused on the vision of the network’s board, effectiveness in connecting alumni to alma mater and highest percentage of giving by the volunteer leadership team.

The winners of the Overall Awards for 2020 are:

Award Winner Honorable Mentions
Strategic Vision D.C. Metro Williamsburg-Peninsula
South Hampton Roads
Campus Connector Williamsburg-Peninsula Charlottesville-Highlands
South Hampton Roads
Leadership Giving Lower Northern Neck
D.C. Metro

The Programming Excellence Accolades recognize the diversity in regional events. The winners of the Programming Excellence Awards for 2020 are:

Award Winner Honorable Mentions
Cultural South Hampton Roads New York City
Educational Charleston D.C. Metro
Family Williamsburg-Peninsula Orlando
Partner Orlando South Hampton Roads
Service Charlottesville-Highlands South Hampton Roads
D.C. Metro
Signature D.C. Metro Williamsburg-Peninsula
Unique New York City D.C. Metro
Virtual Engagement Opportunity Charlotte Charlottesville-Highlands

W&M Charleston won the Educational Programming Excellence Award. Vietnam veteran Woody Caine ’66 led a tour of the Vietnam Experience exhibit at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. The Vietnam Experience is a historically accurate representation of a naval support base in the Mekong Delta and of a fire base in the northern part of Vietnam, circa 1968-1969, with walk-through buildings, sound recordings and displays of military equipment including a river patrol boat, helicopters, weapons and vehicles. Woody provided expert interpretation of the political backdrop of the Vietnam War, as well as the routine and harrowing experiences of young soldiers during that era.  

D.C. Metro won the Signature event category with the Evening at the Embassy. For over 12 years, the D.C. Metro Network has hosted an annual reception in one of Washington D.C.’s iconic embassies. Alumni, parents, family and friends gather for an evening of speeches, socializing, and food and beverages from the host country. In 2019, the Embassy of Italy hosted the event and attendees enjoyed remarks from Italian representative Armando Varricchio and W&M professor Monica Seger. 

Learn more about all the award-winning events.

South Hampton Roads
Winner – Cultural: South Hampton Roads – Benedict Arnold, Indispensable American​, Sept. 10, 2019
Highland Service Day
Winner – Service: Charlottesville-Highlands – Service Day at James Monroe’s Highland, Oct. 5, 2019
Basketball Dinner
Winner – Family: Williamsburg-Peninsula – Annual Basketball Dinner, Jan. 7, 2020
DC Metro Signature
Winner – Signature: D.C. Metro – W&M Evening at the Embassy, Nov. 8, 2019