We're quite positive that around the great Commonwealth of Virginia, graduates of Virginia Tech and other fine Virginia colleges and universities are scratching their heads and saying something to the effect of, `Really?'
That's because today is the first day of Gov. Bob McDonnell's "Orange and Blue Days." It's his plan to support the Cavaliers baseball team as it plays for a national championship at the College World Series, while also raising money for tornado relief by asking Virginians to go to work dressed in the school colors of the University of Virginia. The reward for getting decked out in orange and blue is you're now eligible to give $4 to go to tornado relief.
The `Orange and Blue Days' campaign continues every weekday that the Cavaliers squad is playing in the College World Series. Participants can dress in "business casual attire" featuring the school's colors ... which sounds great except we're not sure how many folks out there have orange polo shirts, or orange slacks, or orange dress shirts, skirts and the like. Fortunately, blue may not be a problem.
The important item in all this is McDonnell's request via a spokesman: "In order to participate, each staff member is being asked to contribute $4 per day to the Virginia Disaster Relief Fund to support those affected by April tornadoes and severe storms."
At least 30 twisters descended upon Virginia in April, including an April 16 event in Gloucester and Middlesex counties that left hundreds of homes damaged or destroyed, caused nearly $30 million in damages and left two people dead and dozens injured.
Here's what McDonnell had to say: "`Orange and Blue Days' allow us to show our support for those outstanding student athletes while also raising funds and awareness for those in our state who are still rebuilding from the devastating severe storms in April. I'm asking all Rams, Hokies, Dukes, Spiders, Patriots, Monarchs, Captains, Spartans, Trojans and others in state government and throughout the Commonwealth to join the governor's office in supporting the Wahoos and contributing to this worthy cause."
Contributions can be made at this website (though it requires a minimum online donation of $10): https://payments.vi.virginia.gov/donatenow/ or by collecting $4 per person and sending checks payable to the Treasurer of Virginia with "Tornado Relief" noted in the memo line to: Comptroller's Office, P.O. Box 1971, Richmond, VA 23218-1971.