Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI) Hosts Hampton Education Foundation’s Fundraising Reception

HAMPTON, Va. (October 7, 2019) – The Hampton Education Foundation (HEF) held its annual fundraising reception at the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI) on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. Proceeds from the event went to benefit the Foundation’s teacher grants, as well as their Mike Canty Scholarship.

Several Hampton City Schools teachers were on-site to display how their recently awarded Hampton Education Foundation funded innovative and mini grants were being utilized to benefit and enrich the learning of area elementary, middle and high school students. Local Hampton City Schools students also served as greeters and ambassadors at last night’s event.

Attendees included: Dr. Jeffery O. Smith, the Superintendent of Hampton City Schools; Hampton NAACP President Gaylene Kanoyton; Jim McNider,
the President of the Hampton Education Foundation; Hampton School Board Chair Ann Cherry; and Hampton Vice Mayor Jimmy Gray. Guests were also given a tour of HUPTI’s 98,000 sq. foot facility and gantry treatment area by Dr. Vahagn Nazaryan, the Institute’s Executive Director.

The occasion was the first in the recent partnership between the Hampton Education Foundation and the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute, the reception’s host sponsor. Additional sponsors of the event included Old Point National Bank, the Petters Family Foundation, Langley Federal Credit Union, Lewis and Minta Wood Charitable Foundation, the Grey Goose, and Fuller’s Raw Bar.

“We had a wonderful evening last night. HUPTI was a great host and partner, as well as the numerous sponsors,” said HEF President Jim McNider. “The highlight of the night started earlier that day with the
front-page news that under the direction of Superintendent Smith, Chairwoman Ann Cherry, and the Hampton School Board, Hampton City Schools is 100% accredited for the first time in Hampton history.”

The Hampton Education Foundation has been working to support creativity and innovation throughout the learning process. In 2007, the Foundation began their successful Teacher Grant Programs. These grants are designed to encourage and support teachers who are developing new programs that make learning more effective. To date, the Hampton Education Foundation has awarded over $400k in innovative and mini-grants to teachers to benefit Hampton City Schools students.

About HUPTI: Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI) began with a vision. After the instillation of the first proton cancer treatment institute in 1990, rumblings of the therapy’s success reached Hampton University president, Dr. William R. Harvey. Upon learning more about the treatment from a Hampton University alumnus, he assembled a team to assess the feasibility of what would become the largest free-standing proton therapy facility in the world. Hampton University’s outstanding medical physics program, strong ties to the nearby Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility and long-standing relationship with the local cancer
treatment community made it uniquely suited to become home to our nation’s eighth proton therapy treatment center. Engineered to be an environment where science and compassion meet, HUPTI’s advanced technologies and incredible, passionate staff continues to work together to
bring patients and their families the very best in focused cancer care.

For additional information, please call 757-251-6814 or email cordereau.dye@hamptonproton.org