- Mar 25, 2012
I'm a pre-Shaka donor, but I don't go as far back as others on this board. I remember 1 year when I got a phone call from freshman Rod Brandenburg thanking me for my donation....even for an old guy like me, that was something special. That was the last phone call or personalized acknowledgement that I have received. Jump to last year when I travel to Brooklyn for the games against Temple and St Johns...not many traveled up for those games. After the Temple game, my friend and I go to the bar set up as the alumni meeting spot....there was Ed, Eric Maynor, and about 10 other fans. I was at the bar..Ed came up to get a beer..I raised my glass and said good game ...Ed gave me a nod and walked away...he wasn't interested in who I was or, more importantly, why I was there...he just knew he didn't recognize me as a big time donor...I've been snubbed enough times in my life that I didnt take it personally.....but if VCU is struggling to fill seats, and I think they are, the personal touch can reaps benefits that go beyond that brief interaction.