Commencement 2019

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On April 13, 1979, while riding in the passenger seat of a car next to her husband, former Virginia Wesleyan business student Carrie Leigh DeVenny became the victim of a fatal drunk driving accident. In an attempt to pass, an intoxicated driver struck the left rear of their vehicle, causing it to roll repeatedly. In Carrie’s memory, her mother, Lillian DeVenny, has established the Carrie Leigh DeVenny Annual Scholarship, which will provide financial assistance of $1,000 per year for 10 years. Determined not to let her daughter die in vain, in 1981 Lillian DeVenny became one of the founding members of Virginians Opposing Drunk Driving (VODD), formerly known as Many Against Drunk Driving. For nearly 35 years, the non-profit 501(c)(3) organization has been operated by victims, survivors and concerned citizens who have volunteered their time and efforts to deter intoxicated driving. In 2014, VODD’s founders made the decision to dissolve the organization’s non-profit status. To honor Carrie’s passion for education, VODD’s remaining assets have been transferred to Virginia Wesleyan. The $10,000 scholarship will serve as a memory and tribute to Carrie as it provides financial assistance for future VWC students. Additional donations may be made to the College in Carrie’s memory by contacting Sherran Denklar ’06 at 757.455.2136 or [View Photo]