Western Henrico Rotary Club Golf Tournament Raises $24,500

The Western Henrico Rotary Club raised more than $24,500 for scholarships at the annual Becky Briggs Memorial Golf Tournament on Columbus Day at the Crossings Golf Course – the most it has ever raised through the event. The tournament is named after a 17-year-old senior at Mary Mount High School, who was killed in an automobile accident in 1990. Her father is a member of the Western Henrico Rotary Club.

Since it began in 1991, the tournament has provided nearly $100,000 in scholarships to approximately 60 students, according to club president Christina McClung. The remaining balance of the money raised from the tournament is held and managed by The Community Foundation.

Proceeds are used to provide scholarships for graduating seniors from Hermitage, Tucker and Freeman high schools who plan to attend a four-year college or community college. Recipients are selected from those schools because the Western Henrico Rotary Club sponsors Interact Clubs at those locations. In addition, two scholarships are awarded to students attending J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College who have completed at least one year of study.

Event chairman Steve Esbach said scholarship recipients will each receive $2,000 this year.

The Western Henrico Rotary Club also gives $500 each year to the libraries at Crestview and Johnson elementary schools in Henrico County, where a number of Western Henrico Rotary Club members serve as volunteers in the reading programs.

The deadline to apply for scholarships is March 1. For details, visit westernhenricorotary.org.
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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
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Metro Diner to open second Henrico location


Metro Diner, a comfort food concept, will open its second Henrico location next month. The company is accepting job applications for its Libbie Place location at 5626 West Broad Street. The diner concept, known for its fried chicken and waffles, meatloaf, and shrimp and grits, will bring 100 new jobs to the region as it plans to open its doors in April.

The 3,500-square-foot diner located in the Libbie Place Shopping Center will seat more than 100 and serve classic comfort food staples with a twist, such as fried chicken and waffles topped with strawberry butter and a stuffed challah bread French toast with strawberry and blueberry compote. > Read more.

 

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Volunteers are needed to help clean East End and Evergreen Cemeteries from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. These cemeteries are the eternal sacred grounds for thousands of African American historical figures. Decades of neglect has obscured their graves and thousands of others beneath tangles of ivy, brush, and illegally dumped trash. Since June 2013, a small group of regular volunteers, along with many students and Richmond-area residents, have been working to reveal them, slowly uncovering not just long-buried headstones but an entire community. Lunch will be served. For details, visit http://www.facebook.com/EastEndCemeteryProject. Full text

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