Virginia Tech Foundation, corps of cadets to hold charity auction to benefit memorial scholarship
June 10, 2008
The Virginia Tech Foundation and the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets will auction a numbered, limited edition Giclee print on eBay to benefit the Matthew J. La Porte Memorial Scholarship.
La Porte died on April 16, 2007, at Virginia Tech. He was a sophomore cadet member of the Highty-Tighties. After auction fees are assessed, the remaining proceeds of this auction will go to the scholarship.
The “That I May Serve” print that was featured on the cover of the Spring 2007 issue of The Corps Review. The eBay auction will begin at 6 p.m. EDT on Friday, June 20 and will run for ten days.
“That I May Serve” features a Virginia Tech cadet and two small children on canvas. The print measures 16 inches by 20 inches, is signed by artist Jane Blevins, and is numbered #2 of the limited edition of 500 prints. The print depicts a member of the Highty-Tighties, the renowned regimental band of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, as he meets two young Virginia Tech fans on campus. The cadet uniform is accurate in every way for a senior cadet, from the three gold longevity stripes on his sleeve to the white ceremonial citation cord worn by all Highty-Tighties since the 1930s.
The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets has been producing military and corporate leaders since the university was founded in 1872. It is one of just two remaining military corps within a large, primarily civilian university. The corps holds its members to the highest standards of loyalty, honor, integrity, and self-discipline. In return, cadets achieve high academic success and a long-lasting camaraderie with fellow members. Virginia Tech, the most comprehensive university in Virginia, is dedicated to quality, innovation, and results to the commonwealth, the nation, and the world.