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Virginia Tech President Dr. Tim Sands Headlines The Business Philanthropy Summit

Hudson Studio honored as the 2019 Business Philanthropist of the Year

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Volunteer Alexandria announced today that Virginia Tech President Dr. Tim Sands will be the keynote at the 21st annual Business Philanthropy Summit on Thursday, May 2, 2019

The 2019 Business Philanthropist of the Year award will be presented to Stacey and Fulvio Hudson Padova of Hudson Studio during the Summit.  “Our attendees are incredibly excited to hear from Dr. Sands about Virginia Tech’s new innovation campus coming soon to Alexandria. We are also very pleased to honor Stacey and Fulvio for their commitment to serving their community during the event. The Hudsons are true philanthropists making change happen here in Alexandria,” said Marion Brunken, Executive Director, Volunteer Alexandria.

Timothy D. Sands is the 16th president of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, joining the university in June of 2014. A scientist, educator, and inventor, he has dedicated much of his career to advancing the impact of research and innovation in public education.

As president, he has engaged the university community in a visionary plan called “Beyond Boundaries” to advance Virginia Tech’s role as a global land-grant institution. His foundational projects include: leveraging signature strengths to attract talent and generate cross-disciplinary creative energy, reimagining the residential Blacksburg campus to provide robust and adaptable infrastructure, expanding the Virginia Tech Carilion Academic Health Center to drive economic opportunity and NIH-funded research in the Blacksburg-Roanoke Region, and launching a 1-million-square-foot foot Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia to support the commonwealth’s economy with leading programs in computer science, software engineering, machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Before heading to Virginia Tech, President Sands was executive vice president for academic affairs and provost of Purdue University, serving as acting president in 2012.  He earned a bachelor’s degree with highest honors in engineering physics and a master’s degree and doctorate in materials science from the University of California. President Sands is joined at Virginia Tech by his wife, Dr. Laura Sands, a professor of gerontology in the Department of Human Development and Family Science in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Follow President Sands on Twitter and Instagram at @VTSandsman.

Hudson Studio is the 2019 Business Philanthropist of the Year.

Hudson Studio, a small woman-owned graphic design firm located in Alexandria, brings the right mix of experience, savvy and fresh ideas to visual communications with a commitment to great design that tells a story. Stacey and Fulvio, a husband and wife team, plus a crew of extraordinary creative professionals, make it their business to make their clients look good.

Hudson Studio, made up of five graphic designers and a business manager, has provided its award-winning design services both as pro bono and as in-kind donations to numerous nonprofit organizations, including the Fund for Alexandria’s Child, USO, American Horticultural Society (AHS), the Foundation for Fighting Blindness, the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria, Foundation for Women’s Cancer, and the Alexandria Firefighters.

The team has put forth tireless efforts in creating event and marketing materials for various organizations. Every year, Hudson Studio produces advertisements, invitations, programs and event signage to reduce event expenses. The couple are avid philanthropists within the Alexandria community.

They also co-host the annual Run!Geek!Run! 5K with Ironistic and have raised over $40,000 over the past three years for three local organizations.

Stacey and Fulvio are both very active in their own neighborhood, organizing multiple neighborhood “fun runs” every year to collect clothing and necessities for needy local families. They provide hot chocolate and doughnuts for all who come.

The couple is also resource parents for the City of Alexandria and currently foster their fifth teenager who is a junior at TC Williams.

The Alexandria Business Philanthropy Summit will take place on May 2nd from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. at the Sheraton Suites Alexandria, 801 N St. Asaph Street. If you are interested in attending, tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at Volunteer Alexandria.

 About Volunteer Alexandria

Volunteer Alexandria strives to build a stronger community by inspiring and mobilizing people to volunteer. The organization serves as a matchmaker, providing connections between volunteers and organizations that need assistance, when and where it is needed, throughout the community. From creating and maintaining green space, preparing for emergencies, promoting arts and culture, developing hands-on job skills, to feeding the hungry, Volunteer Alexandria has a 39-year legacy of caring for the heart of Alexandria. By mobilizing helping hands, Volunteer Alexandria is in the business of helping Alexandrians give back to this city with their whole heart, through volunteering.


Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.
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