On Aug. 15, FCI Federal Founder and Chair Sharon Virts showed off the progressing renovations of the historic Selma House in Leesburg. She also showed off her plans for a less tangible, but equally important, type of building progress.
Several dozen community and civic leaders joined friends and family Monday to commemorate the launch of the Sharon D. Virts Foundation. The organization, a non-profit 501(c)(3), is taking an “E.C.H.O.” approach to area support by focusing on Education, Culture, History and Opportunity.
“I formed this foundation to do just that… make a difference in people’s lives by promoting opportunity for individual success without sacrificing our culture or our history,” Virts said as part of the proceedings.
Virts, a Loudoun County native, said the opportunities here that helped her see success with FCI helped inspired her to give back.
She was joined at the event by Virginia District 10 Congresswoman Barbara Comstock and Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis Randall, both of whom talked about the excitement and opportunities that come with the foundation.
“Sharon has fully committed to preserving this legacy for future generations, and has understood how critical continued economic growth is to our region,” Comstock said.
As part of the foundation’s commemoration it gave its first award: $10,000 to the Land Trust of Virginia Board to help the restoration efforts of the Selma House. Descendants of Founding Father George Mason lived at Selma, and it’s still considered one of the more well-known historical sites in Loudoun County. Virts and her husband, FCI company president Scott Miller, hope to move into the completed house by Christmas 2017.
“Preserving Selma and the surrounding acreage is a remarkable and wonderful achievement,” said Land Trust board member Jim Rich. “Not only do we see the progress being made to enhance an architectural gem, we see the preservation of an important piece of Loudoun, the Commonwealth and the nation.”