Henrico residents devise challenge, capture finalist spot
Citizen Staff Reports 09/01/11
Henrico resident Sarah Metzgar earned a spot as a finalist in a recent school supplies challenge to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Richmond.
Challenge participants had three weeks to see how far they could stretch $10 on school supplies, and Metzgar took third place by purchasing $302 worth of supplies with her $10. The winner collected $567 and the second-place finisher gathered $449 in supplies.
Winners were announced Aug. 25 at a Midlothian Kroger store, at which the top three “super savers” were awarded gift cards for $200, $100 and $50. (Above, Carl York of Kroger poses with Metzgar and her daughter, Shannon.)
Kroger also awarded the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Richmond a monetary donation of $1,000. The total value of school supply donations, which were passed on to the Boys and Girls Club, exceeded $3,000.
Henrico resident Alison Brown and another local resident, Eleanor Ross, came up with the idea for the challenge. Last year, the two women -- who both blog about saving money in Richmond -- held a frugal challenge in which four friends spent $40 and collected more than $500 worth of school supplies. This year, they decided to build on their success and open the competition to the public.
Alison Brown’s and Eleanor Ross’s blogs can be found at http://www.Richmondbargains.com and http://www.SavingourWay.com.
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“It was a privilege to be involved in this project," said club president Melissa Abraham. "The homeowner kept thanking the volunteers, but I think all of us would agree we are the ones who actually benefited. It was an opportunity to help a community member, fellowship with great people and improve our handyman skills." > Read more.
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Alexander (pictured, at right, while Unity of Bon Air church member Harry Simmons interviews him) has written about what he considers to be his journey through the afterlife.
Tickets to this month's event are $25 and will support the new Bon Secours Hospice House being built later this year. > Read more.
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It’s a complicated movie. So here’s the gist, in as simply-put terms can be. > Read more.
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