Excellence in Education – 25th Anniversary Dinner, October 10, 2019


Celebrating 25 years of supporting public education in Henrico County, the Excellence in Education 25th Anniversary Dinner is a high-impact community celebration fundraising gala. The gala pays tribute to the vast network of generous philanthropists, business leaders, volunteer leaders, elected officials, and media representatives who are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of Henrico school children. In addition, the event recognizes distinguished individuals, as well as local corporations and their employees. Friends, family and colleagues of the honored guest come together for an evening to share experiences and stories of the honoree and to raise funds for HEF in support of public education.

We invite you to attend, sponsor, and be recognized as we transform public schools and help change lives. Every dollar we raise for this 25th anniversary celebration is a win for Henrico County Public Schools, the 51,000 students we serve and the entire community. Please join us for an evening to remember on Thursday, October 10th.


As a sponsor of HEF’s Excellence in Education 25th Anniversary Dinner, your business will impact the lives of more than 51,000 students in public schools across Henrico County. You will also benefit from high visibility throughout the evening where 500 community leaders come together in celebration and support the Henrico Education Foundation.


Thursday, October 10, 2019, Richmond Convention Center
Black-Tie Optional
6:00 pm – Registration and hosted bar
7:00 pm – Seating for Dinner
7:15 pm – Invocation, Dining, Program


Dr. Jamelle Wilson

Dr. Jamelle Wilson
School of Professional and
Continuing Studies
University of Richmond

Mr. Tom Silvestri

Mr. Tom Silvestri
President and Publisher
Richmond Times-Dispatch and
Vice President, Richmond Group,
BH Media Group
(A Berkshire Hathaway Co.)


Stewart D. Roberson, Ed.D. Stewart D. Roberson, Ed.D.
A native of Patrick County (VA), Stewart D. Roberson received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the University of Virginia. He has received professional certifications from Harvard and Oxford universities. An educator for 42 years, Dr. Roberson was a school superintendent for twenty-one years in Hanover County (VA) and Falls Church (VA). His previous experiences included service as a middle school teacher, principal, director of instruction, and assistant superintendent of finance. Until his retirement in June 2011, he was one of the longest serving superintendents in Virginia and the third longest serving in Hanover since 1870.

In August 2011, Dr. Roberson was named Chairman and President of Moseley Architects. Celebrating the firm’s 50th anniversary in 2019, Moseley Architects’ presence is well established throughout the mid-Atlantic, the Southeast, and in the Richmond region. The firm is proud to be the designer of dozens of public facilities across RVA, including elementary, middle, and high schools and governmental services buildings.

Dr. Roberson is a Professor of Practice at the University of Virginia and has served as an instructor at the master’s and doctoral levels. He serves as the chair of the UVA K–12 Advisory Council comprised of Virginia superintendents who combine resources for professional development programming for their staffs. The University of Virginia has presented to Dr. Roberson the Raven Award, UVA’s highest honor for public service.

At his retirement in June 2011, the Hanover County School Board designated Dr. Roberson as Hanover’s Superintendent Emeritus. In the same year, Randolph-Macon College awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. The Hanover Education Foundation established the annual Stewart D. Roberson Professional Development Scholarship for Hanover’s teachers, school leaders, and support staff.

Together with former Governor Gerald L. Baliles, Dr. Roberson helped form the Patrick County Education Foundation to support the educational needs and aspirations of students and adults in their home county. This local foundation model has provided the inspiration for the establishment of the Rural Horseshoe Initiative of the Virginia Community College System. Presently, Dr. Roberson is the Vice-Chair of the Virginia Community College System’s Foundation Board.

Recently, Dr. Roberson served as the Chair of the Virginia Standards of Learning Innovation Committee,
the statewide set of stakeholders tasked by a bipartisan legislative initiative to reform the state’s nearly twenty-five year old accountability system. He is a former president of the Urban Superintendents Association of America and the Virginia Association of School Superintendents. He has been recognized
as the American Association of School Administrators’ Virginia Superintendent of the Year. He served on the International Baccalaureate Board of Governors and chaired the human resources committee for the worldwide organization. In addition, he served on the Board of Trustees of AdvancED, the global educational accrediting agency, after receiving their National Excellence in Education Award.

Dr. Roberson is a Past-Chairman of the Board of Leadership Metro Richmond, has served as a member of the Board of Chamber RVA, and as a chair of the Greater Richmond United Way campaign. He has served as the Chair of the Board of Bridging Richmond, a collective of school superintendents, college/university presidents, human service providers, and business leaders assembled by Virginia Commonwealth University to promote regional approaches to education and workforce preparation matters. He serves presently as the chairperson of the VCU Autism Center for Excellence Advisory Council.

Dr. Roberson is married to Leslie Tooker Roberson, a professor emeritus at Randolph-Macon College. They have two children, Meredith, a mental health and substance abuse clinician and adult services coordinator, and Jeff, a recent medical school graduate in his first year of surgery residency. Stewart and Leslie are the proud grandparents of their 2 ½ year old grandson, Nate.

Purchase tickets and sponsorships here
Individual tickets on-sale now. We have a limited number of individual tickets available for purchase.
Don’t miss out! Purchase your ticket before they sell out and help HEF celebrate 25 years!





Tables of eight 3 2 1 1/2 Table
Ad placement in event program Full Page Full Page 1/2 Page 1/4 Page
Website recognition
Listing in program on sponsor page
Sponsorship recognition decal for your business
Name & logo displayed during event slideshow
Social media recognition
Priority seating
Name and logo on event sponsor boards
VIP lunch with the Superintendent (after event)
Exclusive business partner/community advocate
for education designation in 2019/20 publications
Name and logo in event program on sponsor page
Name and logo on event program cover
Logo on event invitation
Recognition in all media releases
Mention from stage
Business executive/representative
interviewed by HCPS-TV
Exclusive naming rights for a classroom innovative grant
Co-naming rights for a classroom innovative grant
Business ads and logos for Dinner Program are due by August 26, 2019.
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