For Immediate Release:
April 27, 2017

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
[email protected]
Phone: 540-868-7134

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The PATH Foundation, of Warrenton, has received the 12th Annual Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy.  Laurel Ridge nominated the foundation, formerly known as Fauquier Health Foundation, for the award, which was presented at a luncheon ceremony at the Country Club of Virginia in Richmond on April 18.  PATH Foundation President/CEO Christy Connolly and Board Chair John McCarthy represented the foundation at the event.  

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Pictured left to right are VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois, PATH President/CEO Christy Connolly, PATH Board Chair John W. McCarthy III and Laurel Ridge President Dr. Cheryl Thompson-Stacy

Hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education, this annual event honors leading philanthropists from each of Virginia’s 23 community colleges. This year’s class of distinguished philanthropy leaders has contributed a combined total of more than $10 million dollars to the commonwealth’s community colleges.

The PATH Foundation invests in organizations that enhance health and wellness on a broad scale in Fauquier, Rappahannock and Northern Culpeper counties.  In February 2016, the foundation announced a $1 million gift to the Laurel Ridge Educational Foundation to support its campaign to build the Eleanor C. and William A. Hazel Hall, a new building to house science, engineering and health professions programs on the Warrenton Campus. The following month, the General Assembly approved $17 million in construction funds for Hazel Hall.

Chancellor Glenn DuBois expressed his gratitude to the recipients. “You are difference-makers. You are opportunity-creators. We thank you, not just for the dollars donated, but for the standard of leadership you represent. Your example motivates and challenges us all to do more to ensure that opportunity is there for those who come next.”

Laurel Ridge President Cheryl Thompson-Stacy adds:  “By investing in Laurel Ridge through such a transformational gift, the PATH Foundation is investing in a skilled workforce and access to education — particularly in the health professions.  We are so grateful for their leadership in philanthropy and in our community.”

One Laurel Ridge student will receive a one-year scholarship of $3,500 next fall in honor of the PATH Foundation. Wells Fargo is underwriting such a scholarship at each Virginia community college.


Founded in 1970, Laurel Ridge Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. Laurel Ridge offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. Laurel Ridge also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. Laurel Ridge serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

Laurel Ridge Community College (Laurel Ridge) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Laurel Ridge Community College. Laurel Ridge Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. Laurel Ridge also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.

Laurel Ridge Community College was known as Lord Fairfax Community College until June 2022. For consistency purposes, the college will be referenced as Laurel Ridge going forward.