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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.
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Democrat VanValkenburg kicks off Gen. Assembly campaign


Senior students at Glen Allen High School will get a personal touch when studying elections with their AP government teacher.

That teacher, Schuyler VanValkenburg, recently announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for the 72nd District seat in the House of Delegates. If he earns the nomination, he will run against Del. Jimmie Massie, R-Henrico, who has been unopposed for 10 years.

VanValkenburg, a 2004 University of Richmond alumnus who majored in history, is running for office for the first time. Although he has lived in Richmond since he began his undergraduate studies, aside from one year spent in Seattle, he said he never felt it was his time to run. > Read more.

Construction begins on JA Finance Park at Libbie Mill


School and business leaders from around the region, including (pictured, from left) Simon Hodges of Dominion Resources, Daphne Swanso(president of Junior Achievement of Central Virginia) and Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas, gathered at Libbie Mill Library Feb. 23 for the Junior Achievement Finance Park construction kickoff. > Read more.

Assembly poised to OK state budget on Friday


Finishing a day early, House and Senate negotiators agreed on a budget Wednesday that includes employee pay raises and more money for K-12 education and mental health.

The negotiators presented their budget to their fellow lawmakers in time for the required 48-hour review, which could be completed by Friday night with a chance to adjourn their 2017 session before Saturday’s target date.

Republican leaders in the House and Senate praised the spending plan’s conservative fiscal policies. > Read more.

Section of Charles City Road to close beginning Feb. 26


A section of Charles City Road, from Lewis Road to South Airport Drive, will be closed beginning Sunday, Feb. 26 as part of a project to widen and improve the road.

The Henrico County Department of Public Works expects the closure to last for a few weeks.

Westbound traffic on Charles City will be detoured around the work zone by way of South Airport, Seven Hills Boulevard and Laburnum Avenue. > Read more.

ACLU urges McAuliffe to veto anti-immigration bills


Officials with the American Civil Liberties Union called on Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday to veto Republican-backed legislation banning local governments in Virginia from designating themselves as sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants. They also said they plan to fight federal and state policies that they believe violate immigrants’ rights.

At a news conference, representatives of the ACLU of Virginia and other civil rights organizations criticized anti-immigrant measures passed by the General Assembly. They also condemned the recent spike in deportation raids on immigrant communities in Virginia by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as President Donald Trump’s recent executive order banning immigrants from seven mostly Muslim countries. > Read more.
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Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
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Weekend Top 10


Given the warm weather lately, Saturday’s RVA Polar Plunge Winter Fest, benefiting Special Olympics Virginia, might actually be enjoyable! Other weekend events you’re sure to enjoy include the 14th annual Richmond Kids Expo at the Richmond Raceway Complex, the Richmond Symphony and The Taters in concert at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, and the Richmond Ballet Minds in Motion Team XXL performing at the Henrico Theatre. This is also the last weekend to check out HATTheatre’s production of “Bill W. and Dr. Bob.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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Virginia Repertory Theatre will present “Buffalo Soldier” Feb. 3-26 at The Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn. This fascinating story of Richmond native Jones Morgan, one of the original Buffalo Soldiers, was selected by the Pentagon as a morale booster after 9/11, becoming the first professional play in history to be performed within the Pentagon’s walls. Suggested for ages seven and up. Tickets are $16. For a complete performance schedule, call 282-2620 or visit http://www.va-rep.org. Full text

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