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
To help celebrate twenty years of service to advocating for abused and neglected children in Henrico County, Henrico Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc. (CASA) will host an evening with bestselling author K.L. Randis on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Belmont Recreation Center in Lakeside.
Randis is best known for her bestselling novel, Spilled Milk, which tells her painful – but ultimately triumphant – personal story of abuse and of child abuse prevention. The book is her first novel.
The Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. attended the Ninth Annual Filipino Festival at Our Lady of Lourdes Church earlier this month. Cuisia (pictured above with festival performers) was welcomed by County Manager John Vithoulkas and Brookland District Supervisor Dick Glover (below) at the church, which is located in Lakeside.
While enjoying some of the cultural performances at the festival, the ambassador and his wife had a private lunch with Vithoulkas, Glover, Eldon Burton (an outreach representative from U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner’s Office) and Father James Begley, the pastor of OLL. > Read more.
Hundreds of spectators filled the banks of the James River to watch two dozen teams of competitors in the Walgreen’s Richmond International Dragon Boat Festival at Rocketts Landing Aug. 2. The event included a number of races, as well as several cultural performances. The sport is billed as the fastest growing water sport in the world.(Photo by Roger Walk for the Henrico Citizen) > Read more.
‘Fire and Rescue’ proves too predictable, boring
Planes: Fire and Rescue opens with a dedication to the hero firefighters of the world. It’s an admirable notion, and it makes sense, given that this is a film about planes that fight fires.
But here it might be a little out of place, as Planes: Fire and Rescue has a few things on its mind besides supporting the men and women who routinely throw themselves into burning buildings.
Like money. Lots and lots of money – into the 11-figures-and-counting range. In case you weren’t aware, 2006’s Cars was the biggest moneymaker Disney had in decades – not because of how much green the film printed at the box office, but because a combination of toys, games and snack foods stamped with the Cars seal of approval routinely pulls in tens of billions of dollars per year. > Read more.
This weekend in Henrico, you can learn about fall herbs or mad science. Enjoy some laughs from West End Comedy or Three-Penny Theatre’s production of “The Rivah Home Companion.” For music lovers, Jennifer Nettles is in concert tonight and the fifth annual GWAR-B-Q takes place tomorrow at Hadad’s Lake. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
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