Family of the Year 2018 – The Perks Family (Photo credit: Christina Franusich)
Family of the Year 2018 – The Perks Family (Photo credit: Christina Franusich)

The 2018 Virginia Tech Family of the Year award was presented during the Spring Game on April 14 to the Perks family of Blacksburg: Dave and Sara Perks, their children Jayme and Evie, and their six nominators, Robyn, Josh, Jordan, Tre, Liz, and Nick -- all Virginia Tech students.

The Blacksburg Baptist Church Family Ties program is a college-focused ministry that connects students with local families. When Dave and Sara Perks opened their hearts and home to Cadet Joshua McGuire of Franklin, Tennessee, a senior majoring in International Studies with minors in Chinese and Leadership, they got five of his friends as well. This unusual Hokie family has shared adventures, home-cooked meals, and struggles as well as celebrations.

Their nominators said, “Once Josh introduced us to the Perks, it was as if they had loved us since the day we were born. We are a motley crew of seniors now who have been fostered by some of the most genuine and whole-hearted people Blacksburg has to offer.”

Dave (Class of ’95) and Sara, a “Spokie” (spouse of a Hokie) who works at Virginia Tech in TLOS, said the addition of six Virginia Tech students to their family has benefitted them all.

The Virginia Tech Family of the Year award is presented annually by Student Affairs to acknowledge the people who are our students’ biggest supporters—their families.


Family of the Year 2017 - The Winkeler Family

As Virginia Tech alumni, Pam and Jay Winkeler were delighted when two of their triplet daughters decided to go to their alma mater. With Hokie daughters Amber and Ashley, the Winkelers were recognized as Virginia Tech’s 2017 Family of the Year during Spring Family Weekend.


Family of the Year 2016 - The Lomaka Family

The Lomaka family was recognized during Spring Family Weekend for their dedication, support, love, and sacrifice, as their history-making quadruplets graduated from Virginia Tech in May.


Family of the Year 2015 - The Cherry Family

Going back to college age 33 isn’t easy, but it helps if you can count on the support of a loving family. Earl Cherry, his wife LuAnn, their children Bruce, Lucy Kate, and Emeline, and his mother Rachel of Elk Creek, Virginia were recognized as 2015 Family of the Year.


Family of the Year 2014 - The Hicks Family

Alan and Faith Hicks, their daughters Amanda Clements and Heather Hicks of Crofton, Md., a sophomore majoring in civil engineering in the College of Engineering, and their nominator Mikayla Meyer of Aurora, Colorado were recognized during the spring game as 2014 Family of the Year.


Family of the Year 2013 - The Helbling Family

Erin Helbling of Warfield, Virginia credits her family as her foundation from Hokie Camp to service trips. She nominated them for Family of the Year and to her and her family’s surprise, they were chosen 2013 Family of the Year and recognized before a cheering crowd of thousands at Virginia Tech’s spring game.

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The Family of the Year is supported, in part, by the Hokie Family Annual Fund. Through the Hokie Family Annual Fund, you can make an immediate and positive impact on your student’s experience, from orientation to graduation.