October 16, 2015

Jessica Pope
Communications and Media Relations Coordinator

Azalea City Mustang Roundup and Car Show Returns to VSU Oct. 24

Scene from the 2014 Azalea City Mustang Roundup and Car Show.

Second Annual Event to Benefit Scholarships for Students

VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University will present the second annual Azalea City Mustang Roundup and Car Show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, at the University Center.

Developed and organized by Ron Butler, Campus Mail Services department manager, the Mustang Roundup and Car Show raises scholarship funds for students pursuing degrees at VSU. It helps the university realize its goal of recruiting, retaining, and graduating high-achieving students.

“I have been working at VSU for 14 years, and for 12 of those years students have worked for me,” he said. “I have realized how much $500 or $1,000 can mean to a student and how that $500 or $1,000 can make or break a student’s opportunity to come here.”

Through the inaugural Azalea City Mustang Roundup and Car Show, which was held in early October 2014, Butler was able to donate a little more than $1,000 to the VSU Scholarship Fund. He realized his goal — to raise enough money to sponsor at least one incoming freshman. This year he hopes to give more by once again using his passion for cars to help the students he sees on campus every day.

“Our first car show, from all accounts, was a huge success,” Butler said. “We received plenty of positive feedback from the attendees. One person said it was the most organized car show they had ever attended. Another said they could not believe this was our first car show and that they would definitely be attending the next one. We actually had around 50 cars throughout the day.”

Registration is $20 for car owners who wish to show off their mustangs, hot rods, antiques, as well as early and late model cars, all while raising much-needed funds for students determined to earn an education. Admission is free for spectators, and there will be drawings throughout the event for various prizes, including items from local auto parts stores and VSU Athletics.

VSU’s University Center is located at 1215 N. Patterson St.

Contact Ron Butler at (229) 561-1556 or rcbutler@valdosta.edu to learn more.

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Valdosta State University’s 2013-2019 Strategic Plan represents a renewal of energy and commitment to the foundational principles for comprehensive institutions.

Implementation of the plan’s five goals, along with their accompanying objectives and strategies, supports VSU’s institutional mission and the University System of Georgia’s mission for comprehensive universities. 

The story above demonstrates VSU's commitment to meeting the following goals: 

Goal 1: Recruit, retain, and graduate a quality, diverse student population and prepare students for roles as leaders in a global society.

Goal 2: Increase financial support for the institution.

Goal 3: Promote student, employee, alumni, retiree, and community engagement in our mission.

Goal 4: Foster an environment of creativity and scholarship.

Visit http://www.valdosta.edu/administration/planning/strategic-plan.php to learn more.


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