Join us for the 25th Annual Marmaduke Dent Benefit
It’s time to celebrate 158 years of Almost Heaven while enjoying delicious Appalachian
food, local craft beer, live music from Howl2GO dueling pianos and special auction
items as we raise money to support programs for students and alumni of West Virginia
You don't have to be a WVU alum to join us for a great time! After being postponed
last year, our 25th annual Marmaduke H. Dent Benefit is on September 17, at 6:00
pm at the beautiful Erickson Alumni Center. The WVU vs. Virginia Tech game is the
following day, so spend your Friday night with us as we celebrate the wonderful
state of West Virginia.
Tickets are now available for the 25th Annual Marmaduke Dent Benefit - Almost Heaven
at $75 per individual or at $70 per ticket when purchasing more than one.
Tickets will be available until September 9th, 2021. For any questions please contact
Kevin Berry at
The WVU Alumni Association and Erickson Alumni Center abide by West Virginia University,
local, state, and federal guidelines related to COVID-19. After the purchase of
your ticket(s), the WVU Alumni Association holds the right to require masks for
all Marmaduke H. Dent Benefit attendees or postpone the event based on any changes
in guidance. If postponed, ticket holders may request a refund prior to the rescheduled
date. Please contact the WVU Alumni Association at
What is the Marmaduke Dent Benefit?
A longstanding tradition of the WVU Alumni Association, the Marmaduke Dent Benefit
brings alumni and friends together each year for a special cause. While the
event has had many unique themes and exciting features over the years, one thing
has always remained the same – Mountaineers can expect an evening of camaraderie,
music, delicious food, and philanthropy. Named after WVU’s first-ever graduate,
Marmaduke Dent, this benefit is the organization’s largest annual fundraising event.
Proceeds support alumni programming and student scholarships for the nonprofit
WVU Alumni Association.
To become an official sponsor of the 2021 Marmaduke Dent Benefit, or to purchase
an entire table for your company, please contact David Allaway,
Who is Marmaduke H. Dent?
Marmaduke H. Dent was born in Monongalia County in the town of Granville on April
18, 1849. West Virginia University opened in 1867, and he became the first WVU graduate
in 1870 and the first president of the WVU Alumni Association.
After a lifetime of career achievements – among them a deputy clerk, a lawyer, and
a judge on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals – Marmaduke H. Dent possessed
true Mountaineer spirit.
In 1993, the Marmaduke Dent Society, which provides sustaining support for alumni
programs and operations, was founded in honor of Mr. Dent.
The Marmaduke H. Dent Society
Founded in 1993, the Marmaduke H. Dent Society recognizes the thoughtful generosity
of those loyal benefactors of the West Virginia University Alumni Association who
want to continue the Association’s traditions by providing additional financial
support for the future of the organization.
Named for WVU’s first graduate and first president of the Alumni Association,
the Dent Society recognizes lifetime cumulative giving through membership donation
levels ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 or more. Contributions are invested in an
endowment to ensure a steady stream of income, and only the earnings from the endowment
The Dent Society provides sustaining support for alumni programs and operations,
including long-term support determined by the WVU Alumni Association
Board of Directors.
Qualifying donors to the Dent Society receive appropriate acknowledgment with a plaque
inside The Erickson Alumni Center, invitations to annual Dent Society events, listing
in alumni publications, recognition for all Foundation giving levels, and invitations
to special athletic events.
All gifts should be made to The Dent Society, WVU Foundation (Tax Identification
Number 55-6017181) for the benefit of the WVU Alumni Association.