2017 family of the year
Family of the Year 2017 - The Winkeler Family

Family of the Year Nominations now being accepted

The Family of the Year award is presented by Virginia Tech Student Affairs to acknowledge the people who are so important to our students——as mentors, collaborators, friends, advocates, and guides. This award honors a parent, family member, or entire family of a current Virginia Tech student who has made a significant impact on the student’s college experience. Recipients of the Family of the Year Award will receive the following honors:

  • They will be introduced on the field at Lane Stadium for the Virginia Tech Spring Football Game during Family Weekend, April 14, 2018.

  • They will be special guests of Patty Perillo, Vice President for Student Affairs, at the Spring Family Weekend Tailgate prior to the game.

  • They will receive housing accomodations at a Blacksburg hotel, April 13 and 14, 2018.

Nomination deadline is March 15, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.  The nominator of the winning family will receive a $100 gift card for the University Bookstore.

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.