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The Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Central Virginia Chapter will honor area philanthropists at its annual National Philanthropy Day luncheon, scheduled for 12 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. The awards pay tribute to those who are making outstanding philanthropic and volunteer contributions to the community. The 2011 award winners are: Youth Philanthropist of the Year – Saints $100 for 100 of St. Christopher’s and St. Catherine’s Schools; Spirit of Giving – Linsey Komblau; Volunteer of the Year – Lisa Schaffner; Corporate Philanthropist of the Year – MeadWestvaco; Foundation Philanthropist of the Year – Jessie Ball DuPont Fund; Individual Philanthropist of the Year – Alan I. Kirshner; and Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy – John W. and the deceased Jane M. Roberts. More than 800 community and nonprofit leaders are expected to attend the luncheon. The day’s events include a workshop from 9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. with Brian Ellis, EVP, CRT/tanaka (“Fundraising & Communications Planning in Times of Crisis & Prosperity”) and the awards luncheon from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.afpcentralva.org.

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The Richmond Tennis Association (RTA) recently recognized patrons, players and institutions for their contributions to tennis in Richmond at its biennial Richmond Tennis Hall of Fame Induction Dinner. Inductees to the Class of 2011 are Fred Bruner, Junie Chatman, Bitsy Harrison, Gayle H. Marlowe (posthumously), Lindsay Wortham and Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield. To be eligible for the Hall of Fame, candidates must have at least ten years of distinct tennis involvement in the capital city area. While any nomination is accepted, an RTA committee makes the final selection, and it is based upon two categories of recognition: players, in which case the honor is based on records of outstanding competitive achievements with consideration to sportsmanship and character, and non-players, which focuses on individuals and entities making outstanding contributions via length of service, support and/or dedication to the sport. The latter category is designed to include volunteers, sponsors, coaches, umpires, writers and others. The dinner’s keynote speaker was Roy Emerson, a multiple Grand Slam winner.


Community

Varina Ruritans honor students

The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.

The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)

The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.

Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball


For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.

The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.

Highland Springs field to be dedicated in honor of longtime coach Spears

The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.

Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.

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Entertainment

A fun, fuzzy ride

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise

Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.

They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.

As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.

Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


There’s no excuse for kids and families to not get out of the house this weekend! The Armour House and Gardens has an “Egg-celent Egg-venture” planned and Reynolds Community College will host the Reynolds Family Palooza. If you’re looking to give back to your community, Dorey Park will host Walk Like MADD and coordinators2inc will present the annual Kids Walk for Kids. And a special event for children with special needs will be on Sunday – the Caring Bunny will be at Virginia Center Commons. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

A new meaning for fried chicken

Is it heresy to say – in this bastion-of-tradition capital of the Old South – that it's time for Southern fried chicken to take a step back and make way for a new fried chicken king?

Count me among the new believers bowing to Bonchon Chicken's delectable double-fried bliss. Hand-brushed with signature garlic soy or hot sauce, flash-fried once and then again, the decadent drums and wings take "crisp" to a new level. If you're eating with a crowd and everyone bites in at once, be warned: you might need ear plugs to handle the din. > Read more.

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