VMI Keydet Club
304 Letcher Avenue
P.O. Box 932
Lexington, VA 24450
Keydet Club Hosts First Young Professional Outreach MixerThe VMI Keydet Club hosted the first ever Young Professional Outreach Mixer in the Ferebee Lounge of Clarkson-McKenna Hall on Thursday, September 13. The event was highly successful in bringing together over 85 young professionals, local business owners, and VMI staff.
Keydet Club Board of Governors 1st Vice-President Buzz Birzenieks ’64 came to the Keydet Club staff with the idea of hosting more local and community events to better engage the local fan base. This mixer was the second event in a series of planned gatherings. The first event in February 2012 was a huge hit when the Keydet Club and VMI hosted almost 200 members of the Lexington/Rockbridge Chamber of Commerce for their monthly “Business After Hours” gathering in Moody Hall.
The Lexington Jaycees had a large portion of their membership in attendance. Jaycees President Jesse Lyons, Director of Communications and Editor of the Kappa Alpha Journal for Kappa Alpha Order, thanked the Keydet Club and VMI for inviting the Jaycees to be a part of the VMI family. The secondary mission of the event was also to help members of VMI’s staff to mingle with members from the local community in hopes of strengthening their relationship to Lexington and VMI.
VMI Head Football Coach Sparky Woods was the featured guest for the evening. Coach Woods spoke to the crowd about the impact of local support even when he was a young athlete playing in youth leagues. He also thanked them for joining him in the building that houses the VMI Football program.
VMI Keydet Club CEO Greg Cavallaro ’84 summed up the evening while addressing the crowd with the motto of the mixer, “Lexington is your community. Let VMI be your team!”