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.
Dr. Even Alexander, a New York Times best-selling author who has been featured on Oprah and Dr. Oz, was in town last week to promote his June 27 talk, "Proof of Heaven," at Glen Allen High School.
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.
The Innsbrook Rotary Club, which is celebrating its 25th year in 2015, has completed a number of volunteer projects this year and raised thousands of dollars for various organizations through three events.
The club's annual rose sale, benefit for youth live auction and Virginia Fire Games competition, combined with individual and corporate donations, have raised nearly $70,000 – money that the club contributes back to the community.
FeedMore is the beneficiary of the club's 25th anniversary project, which provides refrigerated trailers to be used for the distribution of food throughout Central Virginia. > Read more.
Chef Bryan Voltaggio will host a special three-course dinner event July 21-22 at his Willow Lawn Family Meal restaurant. The menu will consist of his favorite dishes and offer diners the chance to purchase a signed copy of his newly released book, HOME.
Voltaggio will attend and cook at each dinner, as well as share stories that inspired recipes for the book. > Read more.
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