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Business in brief

Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours event will be held Sept. 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Anthem, 2015 Staples Mill Rd. This social, after work event will feature table top exhibitors, refreshments, door prizes and networking opportunities. Tickets are $15 to $20 for members and $30 to $40 for nonmembers. For more information on exhibiting or attending, call Christy Schneider at 783-9322 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg recently announced that Slaughter Fitz-Hugh, co-founder of the Richmond-based IT company CapTech Consulting and member of United Way’s Board of Directors since 2004, will serve as the chair of the 2011 annual fundraising campaign. In his role as chair, Fitz-Hugh will lead the 13-member Campaign Cabinet, and the community, in raising at least $17.5 million over the next year for United Way, its partner agencies and impact initiatives. In 2010-11, United Way exceeded its fundraising goal achieving a total of $17.5 million. The United Way fundraising campaign brings together the region’s public and private sectors to support the most vulnerable members of the community. More than 40,000 individuals and more than 1,200 public and private companies, agencies and schools around the region participate in the campaign each year.
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Martin’s Food Markets announced recently that they will be collecting donations in all stores on behalf of the American Red Cross through Sept. 26. All proceeds will benefit local American Red Cross chapters to assist families who continue to struggle with basic necessities and cleanup efforts as a result of Hurricane Irene and recent flooding. Customers can make a donation at checkout.
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Bon Secours Richmond Health System recently was named among the top 20 in this year’s “Working Mother 100 Best Companies” list for meeting the needs of working mothers and offering family friendly benefits for working parents. This is the 14th year Bon Secours has been named a top company, first making the list in 1998. The number one demand of working moms in 2011, according to “Working Mother,” is flexibility. Bon Secours was recognized for its flexible work arrangements including job sharing, compressed work weeks, telecommuting, flexible summer schedules and start times, phased retirement and full benefits with a part-time schedule of just 16 hours a week. Bon Secours Richmond Health System’s workforce is 85% female. Applicants were judged on answers to 650 questions including data on access and usage of flexible work arrangements, parental leave, child care, health and wellness support and the advancement of women to all levels of management. For more information, visit http://www.workingmother.com/bestcompanies .
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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Securitas Incorporated – leased 2,000 square feet in Dabney Road Center, 2095 Dabney Rd.; Spirit Halloween Superstores – leased 9,736 square feet in Parham Plaza, 1501-1567 N. Parham Rd.; La Cabana Restaurant – leased 1,212 square feet in East Towne Plaza, 2901-2935 E. Williamsburg Rd.; and Organic Cleaners – leased 1,200 square feet in The Corner at Short Pump, W. Broad Street and Lauderdale Drive.
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Film industry training program planned for this weekend

The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA), in partnership with the Virginia Film Office, will offer "Get Your Start in the Film Industry," a two-day seminar designed to prepare workers for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia. The course will be held Oct. 4-5 at the Workforce Development and Conference Center, 1651 Parham Road in Henrico, on the campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

The training will be taught by Gary Romolo Fiorelli, an accomplished assistant director for film and television projects, which include the television series Sons of Anarchy and ABC’s current drama Mistresses. > Read more.

The Boathouse to open at Short Pump Town Center

The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.

“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”

The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.

Getting a ‘mouf’-ful

Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.

Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?

Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.

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