Virginia Tech students, alumni and supporters will now be able to show their support for victims of the April 16, 2007, campus shootings while they drive.
The Virginia Tech Victims Family Outreach Foundation has undertaken a project seeking to create license plates in honor of victims and survivors of the shootings.
The plates were designed by class of 2010 graduate Zach Madrigal. They feature maroon and orange colors and have the phrase “In Remembrance April 16, 2007” on the bottom.
“We had the idea a few years ago,” said Lu Ann McNabb, executive director of the foundation. “It is a nice way to honor those who have died.”
Because the plates do not use the Tech logo or the phrase “Hokies,” no permission was needed from Tech.
All orders for the plates must be made through the foundation’s website. All funds generated by the license plates will be deposited into a non-interest bearing account.
The price of a regular license plate is $25 and a personalized plate is $35.
There are two bills that are going through state general assembly to approve the license plates. Del. Luke Torian is sponsoring the bill in the House and Sen. David Marsden is sponsoring the bill in the senate. Out of 40 senators, 32 have signed the bill, and 85 out of 100 delegates have signed.
“I don’t think it will have trouble getting through,” McNabb said.
The next step is to have Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell sign the bill. In order for the bill to go to the governor, there must be 350 paid orders for the plates. There are currently only 65 orders placed for the plates, but the foundation has heard from numerous other people who say they will place an order.
If 350 orders are not placed, then all applications and money will be returned to the senders.
The foundation will not make a profit off of the plates until 1,000 have been sold. After the first 1,000 plates are sold, the foundation will receive $15 for every license plate bought or renewed.
“This money will go to support what we are doing at the foundation,” McNabb said.
After the governor signs the bill, the plates would be sold at the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.
The foundation is composed mostly of family members of the victims in the shooting and survivors.
Those interested in purchasing a license plate can visit VTVFoundation.wsiefusion.net.