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TSA workforce donates one ton of food to Central Va. Food Bank

A friendly competition among various groups of employees at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) who work at Richmond International Airport turned into a last-minute rally that saw the TSA workforce of approximately 200 employees collect more than one ton of food to FeedMore’s Central Virginia Food Bank of Richmond.

The 2,500 cans and boxes of donated food weighed in at 2,069 pounds after a three-week collection period by TSA employee groups. The winning team donated 710 cans and boxes of food.

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U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2015” guide has ranked University of Richmond as the 23rd “Best Value” among national liberal arts colleges. Overall, Richmond ranked 30th on the National Liberal Arts College ranking. Richmond is among only one percent of colleges and universities offering both need-blind admission – it does not consider an applicant’s ability to pay when making admission decisions – and pledging to meet 100 percent of the demonstrated financial need of admitted students. The university consistently ranks as a top-tier liberal arts college and a best value by The Princeton Review, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, SmartMoney magazine, Forbes.com and other leading college guides.

Goodwill, Thalhimer partner to help job-seekers ‘Suit Up’

Goodwill and Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer are partnering for their inaugural professional clothing drive, a program called SUIT UP.

Through the program, Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer’s corporate headquarters at 11100 West Broad Street in Short Pump will be collecting gently-used business clothing for the next five weeks. An external dropbox is on location, and local residents are encouraged to make donations.

The partnership between Goodwill, which has helped people in Central Virginia with job-training, support and opportunities for more than 90 years, and Thalhimer, which has operated in the market for more than 100 years, was a natural fit, officials with both companies said.

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Companion Extraordinaire Home Care and Skilled Services, based in Ashland, has opened a new location in Lakeside. A ribbon-cutting and open house will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 16 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 5311 Lakeside Ave. Members of the Chamber of Commerce will join owner and founder Dawn Beninghove to officially open the new site. Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be awarded. The new building houses administrative and management offices as well as classrooms for their “Trained To Care” program offering classes in Personal Care Aide, Certified Nursing Assistant and Medication Aide. For details, visit http://www.cenninc.com

Henrico company acquires SkyMall Ventures

Henrico-based Connexions Loyalty, a division of Affinion Group of Connecticut and a leading provider of loyalty and rewards programs, Wednesday announced the acquisition of SkyMall Ventures, a division of Xhibit Corporation and provider of loyalty solutions for well established brands in the financial services, hospitality and gaming industries.

Connexions Loyalty and SkyMall Ventures will combine to serve more than 200 million customers globally.

“SkyMall Ventures has an impressive track record of organic growth, with proven leadership and an impressive client base,” said Scott Lazear, president of Connexions Loyalty.

Altria fund donates $2.45M to local groups

The Altria Companies’ Employee Community Fund (ACECF) recently donated $2.45 million in grants to 88 Central Virginia nonprofits. At right, Ann Payes, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Richmond & Tri-Cities and Brad Ewald, ACECF Grantmaking committee co-chair and lead technology analyst for Altria Client Services, attend the ACECF check presentation reception at Altria’s Henrico’s headquarters.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Richmond & Tri-Cities received an ACECF grant totaling $30,000 in order to create 30 professionally matched, one-to-one community-based mentoring relationships for ‘at-risk’ elementary-age children in the Greater Richmond area.

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Royal Productions’ 27th annual Richmond Home Show, presented by James River Air, will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 11 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12 at Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave. More than 135 exhibitors will display all types of products and services for the home - everything needed to make the home more beautiful, energy efficient, safe, and comfortable. Experts will be on hand to offer advice, suggestions, and to explain the features of their products and services. People may ask questions, get quotes and details for purchases they may be considering. Tickets are $5 or $4 with online coupon. For details, visit http://www.richmondhomeshow.com

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Henrico-based Free Agents Marketing has entered into a marketing partnership with Richmond-based Groome Transportation, a regional airport transportation provider connecting travelers to international airports in several Southeast markets. Free Agents will provide Groome with web development and interactive marketing, enhancing the company’s brand presence in multiple regions across the United States. Groome Transportation is the first national account for Free Agents Marketing. The agency’s roster of clients includes Bon Secours Virginia Health System, University of Colorado Health, Iredell Health System, First Team Automotive Group, Eastern Virginia Bankshares (EVB), Sports Backers and the Better Business Bureau.

Dominion Club sold to San Diego firm

A San Diego-based golf and resort company has agreed to purchase The Dominion Club in Wyndham from The Dominion Club, LC and Loch Levan Land Partnership, the owner and manager of the club since 1992. The announcement comes 10 days after the Aug. 15 deadline for interested buyers to place their bids and means that a group of 10 members who sought to purchase the club was unsuccessful in its attempt.

Heritage Golf Group, LLC will purchase the club, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2011 and emerged from that process last year.

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