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Marmaduke Dent

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Marmaduke dent benefit

Save the Date for our Oktoberfest Celebration at the 24th Annual Marmaduke Dent Benefit on October 11, 2019 at The Erickson Alumni Center at Statler Wilson Commons.

Reserve Your Tickets

Reserve your tickets for the 24th annual Marmaduke H. Dent Benefit on October 11, 2019 starting at 6:00pm at The Erickson Alumni Center in Statler Wilson Commons. Break out your lederhosen and dirndl and enjoy delicious German food, local craft beer, live music from The Move Makers and special giveaways as we raise money to provide programs to students and alumni of West Virginia University.

Stay tuned for the announcement of this year's German-inspired menu and our silent auction items by downloading the WVU Alumni App and keeping up to date with our monthly WVU Alumni Association Newsletter!

         Deutschendorg Sponsors

BrickStreet Insurance

Brightline Interactive

Elite Bridal & Events

Morgantown Printing & Binding

Par Mar Stores 

         Hofbrau Sponsors

Energy Transportation, LLC

Hartley Law Group, PLLC

Mona Supply Company Inc

Scrap Processors, Inc

West Virginia University Dining Services

         Strudel Sponsors

Charity Auctions Unlimited

Chris Goode

FNB Wealth Management

Hendrickson & Long PLLC

United Bank

WesBanco, Inc.

         Prost! Sponsors

The Dominion Post

Howard Hanna



To become an official sponsor of the 2019 Marmaduke H. Dent Benefit, or to purchase an entire table for your company, please contact WVU Alumni Director of Development Denver Allen,

Marmaduke Dent

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 are expended.

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.