More than 950 donors have contributed more than $225,000 so far to the WVU Foundation for flood relief efforts in southern West Virginia. The donations followed the issuance of a challenge by alumnus Ken Kendrick, a southern West Virginia native, who said he would match dollar-for-dollar each donation up to $500,000.

On June 23, torrential rains over parts of West Virginia caused devastating flooding in many counties, resulting in loss of life and severe damage to entire communities. Many West Virginia University students and their families were affected by the storms and high water, leaving some homeless and others with extensive personal property loss.

The WVU Extension Service and WVU Office of Student Life both have funds set up for emergency relief.

•WVU Extension, the University’s lead outreach agency, is seeking donations for its relief efforts as it continue providing assistance to residents in those areas impacted by the flooding.
•In 2013, the Kenneth D. and Carolyn T. Gray Emergency Fund was created through the WVU Foundation to assist current students who experience a sudden financial hardship, including natural disasters such as flooding. It is administered through the Office of Student Life.

Gifts to one or both funds can be made at and selecting from the Designation drop-down.

“I really appreciate Mountaineers and friends supporting our people in their time of need,” said Steve Bonanno, dean and director of the WVU Extension Service. “I’m glad we have an opportunity to provide support directly to the victims. Even my extension colleagues in other states have encouraged people to donate to the campaign. Recovery will be a long-term process. It’s very gratifying that our donors have chosen to be a part of that.”

Kristi Wood-Turner, director of WVU’s Center for Service and Learning, added, “This effort is proof that the WVU family extends beyond the offices, beyond the classrooms and beyond the residence halls to a larger community of dedicated West Virginians who love our state. The donations and support are critical to help students and their families as they recover and continue to pursue their goals.”

Kendrick, of Paradise Valley, Ariz., is managing general partner of Major League Baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks. He graduated from WVU in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Kendrick is a member of the WVU Foundation Board of Directors and WVU’s Academy of Distinguished Alumni.



CONTACT: Bill Nevin, WVU Foundation

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