HFCU makes donation to Hermitage PTSA

Henrico Federal Credit Union officials presented a check for $599.57 Nov. 18 to Hermitage High School PTSA, signifying the amount of money earned by HFCU Community Rewards VISA cardholders. The Community Rewards VISA donates up to one percent of members' purchases to the Henrico PTA, PTSA or PTO of the cardholder's choice. The program has awarded more than $20,000 to such organizations since it debuted in 2003. Hermitage raised the most money this year.

Above, left to right, Hermitage cheerleaders, HFCU President and CEO Chris Williams, Hermitage PTSA President Scott Cowdery and PTSA volunteer Jennifer Ramirez-Washington pose during the check presentation, held during the Panthers' regional championship football game.

Several other parent- teacher groups also received sizable returns ranging between $100 and $400, including Wilder Middle School($396.30), Twin Hickory Elementary ($336.38) and Echo Lake Elementary ($221.88).

“When this VISA is used for everyday purchases it can really add up to be a major contribution for Henrico County PTSAs,” Williams said. “Despite some of the relatively small check amounts, I would like the PTSAs to know that they have an easy way to raise funds for their organization,” said Williams.

The accrual period for CRV donations runs from September to September. “Our hope is that as popularity of the card continues to grow, we can dramatically increase the payout to area schools in years to come," Williams said.

Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Beautiful fall weather is back this weekend! Don’t leave your favorite pooch at home – take the whole family to Canine Companions’ DogFest Walk ‘n Roll at West Broad Village or FETCH a Cure’s annual Mutt Strutt at Deep Run Park. Pets are also welcome at this weekend’s Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games. Halloween events taking place Sunday include the University of Richmond’s 18th annual Trick or Treat Street and Goblins and Gourds at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.


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