Support Virginia Tech and the Hokie BugFest

The Hokie BugFest is made possible through the generosity of donors like you. Your kindness has allowed us to keep this a free event for the public. Each year we are in great need of monetary and in-kind support to organize and run the event. You might not know this, but our group hosts small exhibits, camps, and tours for school children and others throughout the year. At those opportunities, we promote the event and test new learning experiences that we include in the annual Hokie BugFest.

If you would like to support the Hokie BugFest you can do so in the following manner. Donations are tax-deductible and are greatly appreciated. Those who donate within four weeks of the annual event will have their names included in our banners, online, and other advertisements. As soon as we know of the donation, we will add your name to our sponsor list. Our very largest donor's names have been included in our television promotions in past years.

SPONSOR LEVELS AND TYPES

  • Platinum: $5,000 and above
  • Gold: $2,500 to $4,999
  • Silver: $1,000 to $2,499
  • Bronze: $500 to $999
  • Copper: $499 and under
All sponsors, partners, and donors will be acknowledged on this website. Major sponsors and donors will also be included in posters and other advertisements as space permits. Last year sponsor names were projected on the wall of the event ballroom. The top five donors were also featured in our local TV promotions. Sponsor types include:
  • Corporate: Donors of in-kind and monetary support. Last year we received both types of donations. Although in-kind donations are greatly appreciated, they are difficult to put a dollar value on. We ask donors to let us know the value of in-kind gifts.
  • Promotional: We received tremendous support last year from several very important promotional sponsors. We hope to sustain long-term relationships with these sponsors because their support is critical to publicizing the event. We ask promotional sponsors to help us determine the value of their support so that we can rank the sponsor level accordingly.
  • Exhibitor: Space is available to any sponsor or donor who has an exhibit that is appropriate and applicable to the Hokie BugFest. Signage and minimal advertising are allowed, but we do ask that exhibits provide a learning environment associated with entomology and science. Last year we asked several groups to provide exhibits as a service to the event. Recognizing the time and effort needed to put up and staff an exhibit, we did not request a donation. But some of those groups also donated funds and in-kind items. In those cases, we valued the exhibitors' time, efforts, and donations to rank their sponsor level in our promotions. We seek a minimum of a $500 donation (monetary or in-kind) for those seeking to host an exhibit. Non-profits, schools, universities, museums, and similar groups are excluded from this requirement.
  • Individuals: We welcome your generosity if you can support us in any way. We need volunteers and partners who can donate their time and help with the event. We need cash donations to pay for facilities and other obligations. We also need art supplies and activity items for all ages. We will try again this year to pair individuals and groups with a single exhibit or lab activity.

GIVING ONLINE

To donate online, please go directly to the GIVING TO VIRGINIA TECH ONLINE website. On the online form, please make sure, under "Gift Amount and Designation," to enter the amount of your donation and to click on the "enter your own" fund designation. A line will open for you to type in the following: "Alwood Legacy Fund 875250". This is critical to designate your donation for the Hokie BugFest.

GIVING BY CHECK

To donate in the form of a check, please write your check to "Virginia Tech Foundation." In the memo line, please write "Alwood Legacy Fund 875250". This will designate the donation for the event fund. Please send your check to: Dr. Michael J. Weaver, Professor, Department of Entomology (0409), Virginia Tech, 302 Agnew Hall, 460 West Campus Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061 -- Contact information: (540) 231-6543 - mweaver@vt.edu

GIVING AT THE EVENT

If you plan to donate at the Hokie BugFest, you may donate in the form of a check (as described above) or in cash at the registration table in the lobby of the event on October 14th.

PLEDGES

Did you know that you can make a pledge that will allow you to spread your donation in smaller payments over multiple years (up to five)? For most people, this is the way to give - it enables you to make a significant donation without a major impact on your budget. For more information on how to pledge, please contact: Ben Grove, Director of Development for Cooperative Extension, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University Development (0402), 216-D Hutcheson Hall, 250 Drillfield Drive, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061 -- Contact information: (540) 231-7640 - begrove@vt.edu