Trees give life and inspire life.

The VTV Family Outreach Foundation Memorial Tree Grove honors the victims and the survivors of the April 16, 2007 Virginia Tech tragedy, in which a gunman took the lives of 32 students and faculty and left 24 physically injured, 17 by bullets.  Many more were traumatized to varying degrees.

On Sunday, April 29, 2018, VTV initiated the first planting of the grove at Chinquapin Park in Alexandria, Virginia. Designed by landscape architecture students studying at Virginia Tech’s Old Town campus, 49 trees were planted with the help of the City of Alexandria and members of the community.

Each spring an ellipse of 32 red buds call us to remember the tragic loss of lives at Virginia Tech in 2007. 17 tupelo embrace the red buds in an arch. In the beginning of each school year, the brilliant fall color of the tupelo will remind us of the need to continue to take action to keep our schools safe.

Eventually, an additional 17 oak trees around the memorial will strengthen the tree canopy and shelter visitors to the park. As well, between the red buds and the tupelos is a walkway
and, nestled among the tupelos on the outside of the walk, there will be three benches to offer places to rest and contemplate in shade and comfort.

Additionally, a large Hokie stone will be placed near where people naturally enter the grove. Finally, a commemorative plaque will invite visitors from the sidewalk into the memorial grove of trees, a living reminder of those lost and the work we need to do to end gun violence.

The opening created by the red buds encourages us to come together as a community, as a nation, to reflect upon what happened and what still needs to happen to prevent such tragedies.

VTV is determined to give the lives lost to a gunman additional meaning by working to strengthen the nation’s background check system, which failed them. We call this project Campaign 32.

To volunteer to help water the trees or discuss a special donation, please contact Executive Director Paul Friedman at

We offer our thanks to those who have contributed to our cause and our grove so far in 2018.

Premier Sponsor – $5,000+

Prime Sponsor – $2,000+
Ara Bagdasarian ▪ Win Sheridan

Chief Sponsors – $1,000+
Arthur Hoey

Lead Supporters – $500+

Mark & Lynne Forsman ▪ Mandala Research, LLC ▪ Bruce Oehler ▪ Simpson Development ▪ Tri-Cor Industries ▪ Boyd Walker

Friends – $320+

Alec Calhoun ▪ Clyde’s of Mark Center ▪ George Foote ▪ Patti Hoey ▪ Julian & Kathleen Joshua ▪ Zack Madrigal & Randa Samaha ▪ Dorathea Peters ▪ Pork Barrel BBQ

Supporters – $132+

David Aaron ▪ Robbin and Kyle Ahrold ▪ Eshigo Akasili ▪ Richard Alex ▪ June Amling ▪ Barbara Beirne ▪ Elizabeth Bennett-Parker ▪ Megan Beyer ▪ Capitol Inquiry, Inc. ▪ Jessica & Biz Carson-Wells ▪ Claire Eisenberg ▪ The Hon. Bill Euille ▪ Amy Jackson ▪ Steve Klitzman ▪ Ellen Lazar ▪ Bill Monroe ▪ Laurie MacNamara ▪ Tom & Ginny Parry ▪ The Hon. Bryan Porter ▪ Gene Rossi ▪ United Bank

Allies – $50+

Jane Abel ▪ Canek Aguirre ▪ The Hon. Cindy Anderson ▪ James Ascher ▪ Viktoria Badger ▪ Lisa Baranello ▪ Robert and Jolene Coontz ▪ Caroline Cooper ▪ Rosemary Cox-Galhotra ▪ William Dubishar ▪ Peggy & Mike Duffy ▪ Friends of Don Beyer ▪ Cindy Gertz ▪ Dawnee & Greg Giammittorio ▪ Judith Gibb ▪ Greenstreet Growers, Inc. ▪ Dak Hardwick ▪ Ellen Hoadley ▪ Thomas Kapsidelis ▪ Florence King ▪ Kevin Lee ▪ Dana Linnet ▪ Carol Luten ▪ Lisa Newmark ▪ Ann Principato ▪ Sally Reinholdt ▪ Glenn Richards ▪ Rex Simmons ▪ Leonard Rubenstein ▪ Mary Shine ▪ Gary Spoden ▪ Marianne Tahhan ▪ Janet Vasak ▪ The Hon. Justin Wilson

Tributes – $32+

Aileen Alex ▪ Arianna Ahmadi ▪ Jody Al-Saigh ▪ Tristan Arbus ▪ Ashkan Bayatpour ▪ Stair Calhoun ▪ Betty Cueva ▪ Emily Diego ▪ Bryan Donegan & Gail Gordon Donegan ▪ Ann Dougherty ▪ Donald Evans ▪ Matt Feely ▪ Dorian Friedman ▪ Mark Friedman ▪ Meredith Garrison ▪ Kristofer Ghadry ▪ Kay Harvey ▪ Valerie Hunt ▪ The Hon. Barbara Kanninen ▪ Soo Ryum Kim ▪ Phyllis Klein ▪ Heather McElrath ▪ Jean McKean ▪ Karen Pryde ▪ Joanne Purtsezova ▪ Christina Samaha ▪ Ann Schumacher ▪ The Hon. Mo Seifeldein ▪ Megan Shepherd ▪ Rahul Siddharth ▪ Phil West