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.
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project:HOMES’ ‘Renew Crew’ helps Henrico citizen


The project:HOMES "Renew Crew" (above) recently assisted an elderly member of the Laurel Presbyterian Church in Henrico by clearing brush, trimming hedges and raking leaves in her yard.

The Renew Crew serves low-income, disabled and elderly homeowners in need of small-scale home repairs such as porch, railing and step repairs, exterior painting, clearing overgrown yards, tearing down outbuildings, wheelchair ramps and other critical repairs and accessibility modifications. > Read more.

Alzheimer’s Walk raises $436,000


More than 2,000 people participated in the the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter's annual Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s Nov. 5 at Markel Plaza in Innsbrook. The event raised more than $436,000 for Alzheimer’s care, support programs and research.

The event is one of three walks that benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Richmond and is held in celebration of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month.

Donations to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be accepted through the end of the year and can be made at http://www.alz.org/walk. In total, the three walks this year have raised more than $644,344. > Read more.
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Weekend Top 10


The past couple of days haven’t felt like it, but it’s finally December and this weekend is packed with holiday events. Kicking the weekend off is Glorious Christmas Nights’ production of “Finding Christmas” at West End Assembly of God. Gayton Baptist Church’s annual Jazz Nativity starts tonight. Another annual favorite is tomorrow – the tree lighting at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. In search of Christmas concerts? The Virginians Barbershop Chorus will present its annual Christmas Show tomorrow at the Collegiate School and the Richmond Choral Society will perform Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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Lavender Fields Herb Farm, 11300 Winfrey Rd. in Glen Allen, will offer “Fresh Herbal Wreath,” the farm’s most popular class, at 10 a.m. Learn easy design techniques along with care tips to get the most out of your wreath. Glean useful information as you peruse the gardens to cut additional material to make your wreath pop. Cost is $30. To register, call 262-7167 or visit http://www.lavenderfieldsfarm.com. Full text

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