Constituting America – Patriotic Summer Fun Auction
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VIP Weekend Get-Away at Historic Holly Knoll with Kay Coles James!

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$2,000 USD
$750 USD to jm3919935
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VIP Tour of the historic Holly Knoll, beautiful home of Dr. Robert Russa Moton, overlooking the York River; dinner with Kay Coles and Charles James and overnight accommodations and continental breakfast the next morning for your party of up to 10! 

About Holly Knoll  
Holly Knoll at Cappahosic is the Georgian style retirement home of the late Dr. Robert Russa Moton. Dr. Moton was one of the most influential African American leaders of the 1920s and 30s. He served as the second President of the Tuskegee Institute. He advised five US Presidents. In 1935, he retired to Holly Knoll, the elegant manor house which overlooks the York River. Like its first owner, Holly Knoll stands dignified and gracious?stately and welcoming. Holly Knoll is listed on both the Virginia and the National Historic registries. But even this prestigious recognition cannot begin to attest to the great historical significance of Holly Knoll to the African American community. From 1935 until Dr. Moton?s death in 1940, Holly Knoll welcomed leaders of the African American political, intellectual, and entertainment community. Guests would be summoned, ?Come to Cappahosic.? At Holly Knoll, any idea offered with the sincere mission of improving the lives of African Americans would be considered. Dr. Moton?s son-in-law Dr. Frederick Patterson succeeded him as the third President of Tuskegee Institute. Dr. Patterson established the Moton Conference Center to continue Dr. Moton?s work in education. Under Dr. Patterson, Holly Knoll was expanded into a full conference center by adding residential space and training facilities. During the 1950s and 60s, plans were made for the economic development of historically black colleges and universities. From such plans the United Negro College Fund was founded by Dr. Patterson. As strategies were planned for desegregation of lunch counters, Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. and other great African American leaders retreated at Holly Knoll.

When Dr. Robert Russa Moton died, his accomplishments were great. Unfortunately, Dr. Moton has become one of the unsung heroes of the African American community. In the eight decades since his death, Dr. Moton?s name may be forgotten, but his legacy of faith and ideas lives on through the work of The Gloucester Institute.

Charles and Kay James purchased Holly Knoll in 2005, with the vision to completely restore the campus and use it to educate the next generation of leaders. Holly Knoll?s significance is manifested in its ties to the civil rights movement and its notoriety as a gathering place for problem solvers of the time. Holly Knoll has served as an intellectual and cultural hub for African American leaders, providing a venue for them to engage in debates surrounding issues central to the black community. As president of the Gloucester Institute, Mrs. James spent a year developing a strategic plan and pilot programs to rekindle Holly Knoll?s significance for today?s challenges. The Gloucester Institute (TGI) was officially launched when it received tax-exempt status in 2007. Today, three programs are fully operational??the Emerging Leaders Program, the Moton Forum, and Moton Fellows Program. Over the last few years, these programs have touched hundreds of African American students, providing them with the skills, knowledge, and intellectual foundation required to succeed in the corporate, government, and academic realms. Our students are graduates of our country?s top Ivy League schools, working in non-profits, and serving in leadership roles in the government, academic, and corporate spheres. Holly Knoll continues to be the seat of social change in the black community.

Founder & Board Chair  - Kay Coles James
Kay Coles James has an extensive background in crafting public policy and in leading nearly every sector of America?s economy. She has worked at the local, state, and federal levels of government under the administrations of former US President George H. W. Bush (served twice between 1989-1993), former Virginia Governor George Allen (1994-1996), and former US President George W. Bush (2001-2005); and she has also served dozens of organizations in the corporate and nonprofit arenas. In 2001, Mrs. James was appointed as Director of the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) by President George W. Bush and led a department of 3,600 employees. As director, she served as the President?s principal advisor in matters of personnel administration for the 1.8 million members of the federal civil service and was responsible for the stewardship of more than $650 billion in federal employees? assets.

Mrs. James is a former board member of PNC Financial Services Group, the National Board of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, the Magellan Health Services Board, and Amerigroup Corporation. Mrs. James is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and has done continuing board education at The Harvard School of Business.

Today, Mrs. James is the President of The Heritage Foundation, America?s premier conservative think tank. The Heritage Foundation is dedicated to formulating and promoting conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense. Mrs. James has also been a trustee of The Heritage Foundation for twelve years.

Mrs. James is also the founder and Chairman of the Board for The Gloucester Institute, an organization which trains and nurtures college-aged leaders in the African American community. The Gloucester Institute is committed to providing an intellectually safe environment where ideas can be discussed and transformed into practical solutions that produce results.

Most importantly, Kay Coles James is the wife of Charles James, Sr. and the proud mother of three grown children and five grandchildren.