The AACC Kick-Off brings successful Gary's Challenge, matching grant program

April 26, 2018


The African American Cultural Center, Inc. Founder and Executive Board
members proudly announce the results of Gary’s Challenge grant. Our sincere
appreciation is extended to Rev. Gary McCollum and all who accepted his
challenge. When he was asked what inspired him to make this pledge, he

“It was my honor to attend the recent capital campaign kickoff event for the
Virginia Beach African American Cultural Center (AACC) and to issue a $12,000
matching challenge grant to those in attendance. As I said to the audience that
evening, the number 12 has significance because historically there were 12 African
American neighborhoods in Virginia Beach. My wife Cookie and I are delighted
that our challenge helped bring in additional donors who contributed an additional
$14,979 for this very worthy cause!

We truly hope these combined contributions of $26,979 will create the momentum
to fully fund the design, construction, and operation of the AACC. When we recall
our regions not too-distant past and our previous generation's fight for freedom and
equality, the AACC will serve as a powerful resource to teach, facilitate
discussion, and tell the true story of African Americans in our nation’s first
region. Gandhi once said, ‘Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove
the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear.’

We invite everyone throughout the City of Virginia Beach and the region to join us
in this effort to remove the ‘cobwebs’ by supporting the AACC. Together, we can
build a priceless gift that will be valued by our children and generations to come.”

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