CCC honors local volunteers
Geline B. Williams (in yellow jacket), who with her husband founded the Virginia Society for Human Life (VSHL), was among the honorees at the annual Commonwealth Catholic Charities Community Service Awards, held May 3 at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Joining Williams, who won the Individual Award, were friends and well-wishers as well as fellow members of VSHL.
A mother of five, Williams volunteered for various organizations while raising her family, including the United Way, Instructive Visiting Nurse Association (IVNA), Commonwealth Catholic Charities, and Christian Children’s Fund, working on behalf of the health and welfare of the unborn, families, and the elderly. After she and her husband, Alex, founded VSHL in 1967, the VSHL established the Alex and Geline Williams Oratory Contest for high school juniors and seniors. In 1984 Williams ran for and won a seat on the Richmond City Council, where she served for ten years. She served as Richmond’s Mayor from 1988-1990, only the second woman to do so.
Henrico resident Cliff Hocker was also honored at the event with the Samuel H. Dibert CCC Volunteer Award. After hearing a 1994 public service announcement on Richmond’s public radio station for what was then Refugee and Immigration Services (now the Refugee Resettlement and Immigrant Counseling programs of CCC), Hocker began teaching an English as a Second Language (ESL) class that had been launched a few months earlier. He helped teach Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees working at a Weyerhaeuser Company (now International Paper) recycling job site; after six months, he became the sole teacher of the weekly class, which continues to this day. Hocker also worked as a mentor to bilingual volunteers and served as an integral part of the program’s community board.
Among the organizations honored at the event were Bliley's, which won the Corporate Award, and St. Jude Parish in Mineral and its mission, Immaculate Conception in Buckner, which won the Parish Award. For details, visit http://www.cccofva.org
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host a candlelight vigil of remembrance and hope Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the University of Richmond, outside the Cannon Chapel. The public is invited to attend and join MADD to honor victims of impaired driving crashes, while helping to remind the community to be safe during the holidays. > Read more.
Among participants at the Seventh Annual Coordinators2Inc Golf Tournament and awards luncheon Oct. 3 were (from left) Rebecca Ricardo, C2 Inc executive director; Kevin Derr, member of the winning foursome; Sharon Richardson, C2 Inc founder; and Frank Ridgway and Jon King, members of the winning foursome.
Held at The Crossings Golf Club, the tournament will benefit placement of children from Virginia's foster care system into permanent families through Coordinators2. > Read more.
Event will help kick of Marine Corps' 'Toys for Tots' campaign
All 140 A.C. Moore locations will serve as drop-off centers this year for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, and all toys collected will stay in the local communities served by the stores in which they are donated.
On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Willow Lawn location will kick off the month-long program by hosting a "Make & Take" craft event for kids. Children ages six and older will be able to make a craft and take it home with them. Representatives from the Marines will be in-store to teach customers about the Toys for Tots program. A.C. Moore team members will be on site to help with the crafts. > Read more.
The Dominion GardenFest of Lights Grand Illumination takes place tonight at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! This year’s theme is “A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden,” which celebrates the Garden’s history. You can also celebrate Thanksgiving again – tomorrow at Henricus Historical Park. More great events – Lavender Fields Herb Farm and Wilton House Museum will both host their holiday open house events this weekend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6,’ lovable robot Baymax delight
It may be time for Olaf to step down as our nation’s reigning cartoon character. Big Hero 6, the latest animated feature from Disney, contains a challenger to the throne: Baymax (Scott Adsit), another lovably chubby white wonder, who will bring joy to children’s hearts and invade every home in America inside a six-foot pile of Disney merchandise.
Big Hero 6 (based ever so slightly on a Marvel comic of the same name) is the story of Baymax – and also his closest companion Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter). And then also their four friends, all of whom join together to form the titular superhero team.
At first, though, it’s only Hiro, a young boy and an engineering prodigy, who’d rather spend his time in underground robot fight clubs than do something productive with his gifts. > Read more.
Bella’s feels – and tastes – like Italy should
Short Pump is known for its share of chain restaurants and strip malls, but diners looking for something more distinct can certainly find it without heading downtown or to nearby Charlottesville.
In fact, local husband-and-wife restaurateurs Valeria Bisenti and Doug Muir brought a taste of Charlottesville (and Italy) to Short Pump when they took a chance and opened Bella’s second location in the same shopping strip as Wal-Mart and Peter Chang China Cafe. (Bella’s original location is on Main Street in downtown Charlottesville.)
For a local Italian restaurant, Bella’s is as “Mom and Pop” as its gets. Valeria is Mom, and Doug is Pop. Since its opening about six months ago, diners have been eating rich comfort foods and drinking Italian wines. > Read more.
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