Local McDonald’s owner receives franchise’s highest honor

Sue Durlak (center, pictured with Ronald McDonald and Henrico officials in this photo from a grand reopening of one of her restaurants in October) recently received the Ronald Award from McDonald's Corporation.
Local business owner Sue Durlak recently was named the 2011 recipient of the Ronald Award from the McDonald’s Corporation. The honor is presented annually to a McDonald’s franchisee for outstanding service to the McDonald’s brand and local community. Given to only one percent of McDonald's owner/operators nationwide, the award is the highest honor a region can bestow upon a franchisee, as well as the rarest to receive during a franchisee’s career.

Durlak owns and operates 10 McDonald’s restaurants, nine of which are located in Henrico County. Durlak plays a leadership role on several boards and fundraising committees, including the executive boards of the McDonald’s Family of Restaurants of Greater Richmond and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond. Durlak is also the event chair for the charities’ annual golf tournament and silent auction events and has raised over $1.4 million to-date. Her company, S.M. Durlak, Inc., also has provided sponsorships to local schools and programs.

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.

Theme for this year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter announced

The theme for the annual Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside has been announced.

This year's event, which opens Nov. 25 and will continue through Jan. 9, will explore "Living Color" and show how the world's kaleidoscope of colors speaks to people, impacts nature and influences culture, according to Garden officials. The event features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. > Read more.


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The Henrico County Community Author Showcase, a program that connects writers and readers in the community, will begin at 7 p.m. and continue on the second Monday and every Thursday of the month at various libraries. Sabin Duncan will share “Assuming Hurts” at Fairfield Library. For details, visit http://www.henricolibrary.org/authors. Full text

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