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Henrico PAL recognizes supporters, HSHS athlete


The Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) held its Sixth Annual Awards Banquet Feb. 5 at The Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen, celebrating accomplishments of 2014 and recognizing outstanding contributions to the organization. Henrico County Juvenile Domestic Court Judge Denis Soden served as master of ceremonies and former Harlem Globetrotter Melvin Adams served as keynote speaker. 

Among the 2014 honorees were Richmond International Raceway (Significant Supporter), Richmond Strikers Soccer Club (Significant Supporter), Henrico County Schools-Pupil Transportation (Summer Camp Supporter), Bruce Richardson, Jr. (Youth of the Year), Sandra Williams (Volunteer of the Year), Thomas Williams (Employee of the Year), Mikki Pleasants (Board Member of the Year), and Michelle Sheehan (Police Officer of the Year).  

DAC chapter donates $1.3M in coupons

The Pocahontas Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists, based in western Henrico, last year donated more than $1.3 million worth of manufacturers coupons to U.S. military personnel overseas. Throughout 2013, members and friends of the chapter clipped 952,349 manufacturers’ coupons valued at $1,350,630, which Program Chairman Carole Featherston shipped to U.S. military bases abroad. Military personnel can use the coupons when shopping in base stores.

The National Society Daughters of American Colonists is a women’s genealogical and patriotic society whose members are descended from a man or woman who rendered civil or military service in any of the American colonies prior to July 4, 1776.}

Feeding those in need

For two days recently, hundreds of eager volunteers packed more than 140,000 meals for malnourished kids in the developing world. Through a partnership with the non-profit organization Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), volunteers from the Short Pump area scooped, bagged, weighed, sealed and boxed life-saving fortified rice and soy protein meals at Gayton Baptist Church.

The 387-gram “Manna Pack Rice” packs were shipped to the FMSC warehouse to be distributed to countries where children are malnourished or simply do not have enough food to survive. }

W. Richmond Rotary donates $28,000

The Rotary Club of West Richmond recently presented UMFS with donations of $28,000 raised during the December Nutzy Rotary Funn Run. Pictured, from left, are Dr. Jerry Strauss, dean of the VCU Medical School and VCU Hospitals (the lead corporate sponsors for the Funn Run); Jeff O'Flaherty, chair of the Nutzy's Rotary Funn Run steering committee; Todd 'Parney' Parnell, general manager of the Richmond Flying Squirrels; Nutzy, the mascot of the Flying Squirrels; Gary Duncan, development vice president of UMFS; Greg Peters, president/CEO of UMFS; and Roy McLeod, Chair of the West Richmond Rotary Foundation.}

Squirrels, RIR to host golf tournament in Henrico

The Richmond Flying Squirrels and Richmond International Raceway are teaming to host the inaugural Turn Left Golf Classic at The Dominion Club in Wyndham June 2. The charity golf event strengthens the partnership between the organizations and will equally benefit the charity arms of both, Richmond International Raceway Cares and Flying Squirrels Charities.

The event was named because the common denominator between the two organizations is competitors turning left during competition. (Drivers turn left at “America’s Premier Short Track,” and base runners turn left as they round the bases at The Diamond.)}

Tuckahoe Kiwanis donates to Tuckahoe YMCA

The Kiwanis Club of Tuckahoe recently donated $7,000 to the Tuckahoe Family YMCA. The money was raised during the club’s ninth annual golf tournament last year.

The Tuckahoe YMCA will use the money to help continue its programs for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.}

‘Go Red For Women’ seeks heart-healthy woman nominations

The American Heart Association’s "Go Red For Women" movement, along with Macy’s, Bon Secours Heart and Vascular Institute and HDL, Inc. will host a Go Red Total Makeover event on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Macy’s Short Pump Town Center from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. to spotlight one local heart-healthy woman who is in the process of making herself over from the inside out. The organizations are seeking nominees through Jan. 27.

Nominees should be female residents within the greater Richmond community who have taken action to improve their heart health.}

Continentals delight crowd at Hermitage

The Continentals performed their classical big band-style of music before a crowd of about 400 at Hermitage High School Dec. 3. The event was sponsored by the Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks. The 15-piece band has performed in the Richmond region since 1979 and is led by bandleader Gray McCalley. All members are at least 50 years old. This month’s performance included commentary and introductions from Floyd Henderson, a member of the Richmond Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Julie Quarles assisted with vocals on several songs.}

Holiday glow

Curator Yvonne Hopkins presents a bounty of Christmas trees as part of The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen’s annual “Illumina,” a holiday decorated tree display. Hopkins and the center unveiled the trees Dec. 2; they will remain on display through Jan. 3. Each features its own unique theme – from trains to Musicology 101. Admission is free. The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is located at 2880 Mountain Road.}

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