RICHMOND, Va. - Alumnae athletes, former coaches and women administrators, gathered to socialize and paint at "Spirited Art" in Short Pump outside of Richmond last week. Attendees enjoyed a selection of wines, (donated by former Tribe men's golfer Matt Brantingham ’07) flat bread pizzas and "Millie West Cookies" created by Marcel Desulniers, renowned chef, author of Death by Chocolate and owner of the "Mad about Chocolate" cafe.
The women visited with one another, then sat down at individual blank canvases to paint Crim Dell and the W&M Logo. The artist in charge provided step by step instructions for the composition - referring to a sample painting she had made for the group.
Taking a break before painting the bridge, host Maryellen Feeley and former Assoc. AD Milie West spoke to the group about the importance of staying connected and how individuals can ensure continued quality experiences for student-athletes by supporting W&M women's sports through donations to the Tribe Club.
Guests represented a wide sweep of eras, as the classes spanned from 1976 to 2012 and represented 10 different sports. Former coaches in attendance include: Debbie Hill (volleyball), Peel Hawthorne (field hockey), Jean Stettler (field hockey), and Millie West (women's tennis).
The Tribe Club's mission is to provide crucial funding for the William and Mary's Athletics Department, for use towards creating a first-class experience for Tribe student-athletes. The William and Mary Athletics Department receives no state funding and annually raises more than $3,000,000 for operation, salaries and scholarships.