ECU honors successful Alumnae, raises thousands for scholarships

Published: Sep. 20, 2019 at 1:15 AM EDT
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Hundreds of women gathered on ECU's campus to celebrate the success of its women graduates who are now leaders in their careers.

The women's roundtable hosted the 2019 Incredible ECU Women Luncheon on campus Thursday.

Organizers say it's a celebration of women’s leadership, service, and philanthropy. The luncheon featured keynote speaker Marnie Oursler, a 2001 ECU graduate. Oursler is the CEO of Marnie Custom Homes, host of DIY Network’s show Big Beach Builds and host of HGTV’s 2018 Dream Home

The event is billed as an opportunity for alumnae to not only connect with East Carolina University’s alumni and friends but to also contribute to female undergraduate growth at the university.

Net proceeds from the event benefit the ECU Women’s Roundtable scholarship endowments, which provide funds for undergraduate student scholarships.

They celebrated 11 notable Pirate Alumnae who were recognized for their accomplishments after graduation.

Vice-Chancellor of Student Affairs Virginia Hardy has been a member of ECU’s faculty for 25 years and was one of the 11 women awarded at the event.

“I was very honored to be selected to be among this very distinguished group of women leaders. I feel lucky and fortunate to be within this unique group, this very special group of individuals," said Hardy.

The luncheon is held once every three years, and the event raises close to $100,000.

Event chairwoman Gray Williams said, "We focus on philanthropy, service, networking, and leadership. And that is something that we are pushing for in younger women, the forthcoming women of East Carolina University to be able to be mentors and leaders within that."

This was the 7th time the women's roundtable has hosted the event.