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Dr. Bill Quillian and VLAS

Dr. William F. Quillian, Jr., is one of the best known, admired and loved citizens of Lynchburg.  He served as president of Randolph Macon Woman’s College for 26 years, from 1952 to 1978, and helped to organize and served as the first executive director of the Greater Lynchburg Community Trust, from 1988 until 1997.  Throughout his volunteer career, which continues nonstop, he has assisted and advised a variety of state and local service organizations on matters of fundraising, governance, and strategic development. The Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges, Lynchburg Rotary Club, New Land Jobs, and Leave a Legacy are a few of the many who have benefited from his help. Bill has assisted Virginia Legal Aid Society for the past ten years as a volunteer advisor and fundraiser. 


Bill will turn 90 years old in April, 2003, and has agreed to allow VLAS to celebrate his birthday with a special fundraising event. The Bill Quillian Celebration will allow the Greater Lynchburg community to celebrate the amazing contributions of this wonderful man to the life of our community.  It will also help VLAS replace lost funding and continue ensuring access to health care, safe and affordable housing, income, and family stability for low-income families.


The Quillian Fund

VLAS has created the William and Margaret Quillian Fund, a board-controlled fund with an advisory committee of community leaders who advise the VLAS Board of Directors on how to invest and spend the funds. Co-chairs of the advisory committee are Donna Clark and Bill. Funds raised from this special event will go to the Quillian Fund, and the Fund in turn will support VLAS’ Strengthening Families with Children program, capital needs, and emergency needs


The Event

The Bill Quillian 90th Birthday Celebration will take place Thursday, April 10, 2003 at the Radisson Hotel in Lynchburg, VA. The Radisson has seating capacity of 330 people, and ticket prices will cover the costs of dinner, refreshments, and a small charitable contribution. Corporate and individual sponsorships will provide a significant portion of the funds raised for this event.


Why Virginia Legal Aid Society exists

The mission of Virginia Legal Aid Society is to resolve serious legal problems of low-income people, to promote economic and family stability, to reduce poverty through effective legal assistance and to champion equal justice.


VLAS, a non-profit law firm, provides free legal information, advice and representation in civil cases to low-income individuals and families in our community.  It is the only organized provider of such assistance in this area.  VLAS attorneys, support staff and volunteer attorneys assure low-income families and children the basics of life that most of us take for granted: a safe, decent place to live, stability for children, access to medical treatment, and income to survive. For 25 years, Virginia Legal Aid Society has corrected injustices and solved problems.  VLAS helped 5,846 people living in poverty in the last year.


Funding Reduction

VLAS will lose $110,000 a year due to the implementation of the 2000 Census.  Most VLAS funding is determined by the poverty population.  Even though the poverty population in south/central Virginia increased slightly from 1990 to 2000, our percentage of the national and state poverty population has decreased, producing this cut in funding.  This event will help VLAS continue to provide an essential service to the low-income families in our service area.

Virginia Legal Aid Society, Inc.  - 11/18/2002
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