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Local couple earn philanthropy award

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Clifton and Sandy Good of Strasburg know the meaning of leadership. As longtime supporters of the Lord Farfax Community College foundation, the Goods have sponsored LFCC events and fundraisers for more than a decade.

The couple recently was nominated for the 2012 Chancellor's Award for Leadership in Philanthropy by LFCC and overcame stiff competition to win the award, which they received during a luncheon ceremony at the Country Club of Virginia in Richmond Tuesday.

Total contributions from this year's nominees totaled in excess of $48 million, all of which went to supporting the Virginia Community College system.

"These philanthropic leaders are tremendous partners," said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia's Community Colleges. "These individuals, organizations and employers are difference-makers who play an essential role in helping our colleges fulfill their mission of addressing Virginia's unmet needs in higher education and workforce development."

The Goods will have a scholarship named after them, which will be awarded next fall to a student attending their community college. The one-year scholarships are funded by Wells Fargo and Dominion.

Scholarships aren't new to the Goods, however. In addition to supporting LFCC through event and fundraiser sponsorship, the couple established in March 2010 the Clifton and Sandra Good Endowed Scholarship Fund, which assists students in paying tuition costs.

The Chancellor's Award for Leadership in Philanthropy luncheon was hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education to recognize the leading philanthropists from each of Virginia's 23 community colleges as well as the statewide foundation.

The luncheon's keynote speaker was Steve Gannon, executive vice president, deputy general counsel - legal for Capital One Financial Corporation. Mr. Gannon is a member of the Virginia State Board for Community Colleges and a director of the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education.

"We owe our success to our 30,000 hard-working associates, and plenty of them, in turn, owe a good deal of their success to community colleges," said Gannon. "We can't spare any lost potential. In a global economy that rewards innovation and technical prowess, we cannot afford to rest on our laurels."

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