Longtime MCV Foundation Trustee Honored with Trani Award



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Ginny and Charles Crone at the 2023 MCV Foundation Awards Dinner and Awards Ceremony
Photo: Chris Ijams

Few associations run as deep as that of Massey Cancer Center and Charles Crone.

He has been an MCV Foundation trustee since 1993 and has served Massey nearly as long as an advisory board member in several leadership roles. Crone, a cancer survivor, and his wife, Ginny, were instrumental in creating a 5K run in Williamsburg that has collectively raised more than $300,000 over three decades to benefit Massey. Crone is also a founding member of the Massey Club, an annual donor society that celebrated 30 years in 2022.

He conceived and helped launch the MCV Foundation Discovery Series in Williamsburg in 2013, eliciting a new cohort of friends, partners and donors and making it among the most impactful initiatives in recent years.

“Charles has been a devoted MCV Foundation trustee for an unprecedented 30 years, and while many volunteers’ and board members’ commitments to a cause can sometimes wane over time, Charles’s interest and energy never wavered,” said Ellen Spong, chair of the MCV Foundation Board of Trustees. “Despite the nearly 60-minute drive from his Williamsburg home to the MCV Campus, Charles and Ginny never seem to miss an event or a meeting.”

Complementing her husband’s giving spirit, Ginny Crone serves on the VCU Health Pauley Heart Center Advisory Board. In 2018, Charles and Ginny received the Edward A. Wayne Medal from VCU during commencement exercises in recognition of their outstanding contributions.

Established in honor of Eugene P. Trani, Ph.D., who served as president of VCU from 1990 to 2009, this award recognizes exceptional dedication and support of the MCV Campus.