Lunch Pail Defense Foundation

Coach Bud Foster, has combined his coined symbol, the Lunch Pail, and his personal notoriety, to create an amazing community scholarship as well as a new Organ Transplant Family Support Program.

The Lunch Pail Defense Foundation is a non-profit corporation (per IRS Code Section 501(c)(3)) whose dual purpose is to fund an academic scholarships for eligible high school students from the New River or Roanoke Valley areas, as well as assisting the families of those awaiting organ transplants.

The LPD scholarship recipient will embody the characteristics symbolized by the Lunch Pail in terms of spirit, character, work ethic and determination to succeed in all areas of life.

Our new Organ Transplant Support program is in conjunction with Duke University Medical Center, and aims to provide financial assistance to the families of those undergoing organ transplants with often prohibitive costs like longterm lodging, transportation, food, and child care, among others.

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Local Sports Radio Show, Blacksburg Restaurant, VT Greek Organizations come together for first ever “Pack the Pail” LPD Foundation Fundraiser

Pack the Pail Event
Pack the Pail Event

Pictured (left to right): Sandy Tynan, LPD Foundation Executive Director Jim Tynan, LPD Foundation volunteer Valerie Lee Kalen, “The Clubhouse” host Danny Nokes, LPD Foundation volunteer Logan Tyler.

Blacksburg, VA (November 22, 2016) – The Lunch Pail Defense (LPD) Foundation benefitted from the first “Pack the Pail” fundraiser on November 10, in partnership with local sports radio show “The Clubhouse with Danny Nokes” (WWBU-FM Super Sports 101.7 ), Sharkey’s Wing & Rib Joint in Blacksburg, and five Virginia Tech Greek organizations. Created by Virginia Tech Football Coach Bud Foster, the non-profit LPD Foundation funds college scholarships for local New River and Roanoke Valley high school students and assists the families of those awaiting organ transplants.

A collaborative effort between LPD Foundation executive director Jim Tynan, local sports radio host Danny Nokes, and Sharkey’s restaurant owner Stephanie Rogol, “Pack the Pail” was successful in raising $678 in just under five hours. Donations were made in the form of a percentage of food sales, a generous gesture by Rogol.

The event kicked off with a live two-hour broadcast of local sports radio show, “The Clubhouse with Danny Nokes”. Virginia Tech alumnus and brother of the Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta Danny Nokes secured the participation of five Virginia Tech Greek organizations, and the students showed up in impressive numbers. A representative from each organization was interviewed during the broadcast about what the event meant to them.

“The turnout for the event was better than I could have imagined for our first time,” says Nokes. “Each organization’s representative was incredibly courteous and very well prepared to come on the air with me. They care a great deal about the foundation, and each organization deserves a ton of credit. We are grateful.”

Participating Virginia Tech Greek organizations included fraternities Phi Gamma Delta, Pi Kappa Alpha, and Sigma Chi, and sororities Alpha Phi and Delta Gamma.

To date, the Lunch Pail Defense Foundation has awarded twenty-three scholarships of varying dollar amounts for a total of $67,500 to students from eleven different high schools in the New River and Roanoke Valley areas: Auburn, Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Radford, Wm. Fleming, Giles, East Montgomery, Salem, Wm. Byrd, Northside, George Wythe and the SWVA Governor’s School. In addition, funds contributed to its “Organ Transplant Family Support Program” help to cover a variety of costs incurred by families of organ transplant patients, including long term lodging, transportation, meals, and child care.
“Pack the Pail” partners were all overjoyed by the first event’s outcome and look forward to developing the fundraiser for years to come.

Upcoming Events

We are still planning our next event! Check back soon.

Date TBD

Hokies Football Schedule

Date Opponent Location
09/03/16 Liberty Flames W, 36-13
09/10/16 Tennessee Volunteers L, 24-45
09/17/16 Boston College Eagles W, 49-0
09/24/16 East Carolina Pirates W, 54-17
10/08/16 North Carolina Tar Heels W, 34-3
10/15/16 Syracuse Orange L, 17-31
10/20/16 Miami Hurricanes W, 37-16
10/27/16 Pittsburg Panthers W, 39-36
11/05/16 Duke Blue Devils W, 24-21
11/12/16 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets L, 30-20
11/19/16 Notre Dame Fighting Irish W, 34-31
11/26/16 Virginia Cavaliers W, 52-10
12/03/16 Belk Bowl W, 35-24


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