Nominated by Virginia Commonwealth University
The Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy honor this year is given to a truly extraordinary individual with profound generosity. Dr. C. Kenneth Wright has demonstrated a remarkable love of the community. Dr. Wright is the son of a tenant farmer from Amelia County who rose through the ranks of the automotive rental business from his early days of parking and washing cars at Richmond based U-Drive-It Co. When he retired, he was one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the industry.
Along with his late wife, Dianne Harris Wright, Dr. Wright has had a philanthropic relationship with the nominating organization, Virginia Commonwealth University, since 1999. Dr. Wright has supported deserving students in their academic endeavors by creating two scholarship programs at VCU, while simultaneously supporting City of Richmond students at a number of universities in the area. Last December, Dr. Wright demonstrated his outstanding generosity by making a $16 million commitment to the VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research. Dr. Wright’s lifelong giving to the University is an astounding $41 million. VCU’s President Michael Rao, Ph.D. stated, “I have seldom in my life seen someone who takes more pleasure out of seeing an institution and the people within it advance – who derives satisfaction in life out of the success of other people.”
Along with his remarkable support of VCU, Dr. Wright is a lifelong supporter of several other local organizations, including the Virginia War Memorial and YMCA, and has been a dedicated member of the Rotary Club of Richmond for years. Ken has demonstrated a remarkable love of VCU and this community, and is very deserving of the honor of Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy.
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