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Glen Allen-based Central Virginia American Diabetes Association welcomes Laura Haemker as the new associate director. She has a strong background in the non-profit world as well as in sales and communications. A native of Richmond, she graduated from Virginia Tech with a Communications Studies degree.

Stratford University students dish out ‘KISS’es

Susan Martinson (pictured above, second from left), creator of Keep It Simple Syrup, posed with students from Stratford University’s School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Oct. 9 following a culinary competition in which the students created dishes using the syrup, also known as KISS.

A panel of five judges chose top-three winners in both sweet and savory categories that used the cocktail mixer and syrup as an ingredient. The first, second and third place winners in each category received gift cards.

Pink-out at St. Mary’s

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the fountain lighting at Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital will be pink during the month of October. In addition, pink design elements have been added to the outside of St. Mary’s and other local Bon Secours hospitals, and pink ribbons have been placed around the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center.

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The Children’s Museum of Richmond and Commonwealth Parenting announced their merger last month. CMoR changed its mission statement in 2009 to reflect its focus on parent engagement. A partner with CMoR for years, Commonwealth Parenting has been eager to expand its reach. Two members of Commonwealth Parenting's Board of Directors will move to the museum's Board of Trustees. In addition, a task force comprised of Commonwealth Parenting and CMoR volunteers will be formed to advise the merger process during the first year. The Community Foundation provided a $25,000 grant to assist with expenses related to the merger.

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During the month of October, Tuffy and Ms. Tuffy Auto Repair Center, along with over 60 other independent auto repair shops across the U.S., will offer free brakes as part of the “Brakes for Breasts” fundraiser. The brakes come with a lifetime guarantee. The customer pays for labor. Tuffy and Ms. Tuffy will donate a portion of each brake service to the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Research Fund. For more information, visit http://www.brakesforbreasts.org

‘Band Together’ raises money for VHBG

A crowd of more than 450 people attended the fifth-annual Band Together event Sept. 13 at a private home in Richmond, raising more than $90,000 for the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls.

Under the leadership of Taryn White (pictured, at left) and Kelly Armstrong (pictured, at right), the VHBG volunteer benefit committee planned the event, which featured music by Blue Dogs and McBeth.

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Free Agents Marketing has expanded its workforce by seven employees, a 15 percent increase in six months. New hires include: Michael Litos, senior strategist, interactive; Jenna Cocchiola, account coordinator, public relations; Cindi Houtz, media director, media; Carol Billingsley, senior account executive, public relations; Greg Mathe, senior account executive, public relations; Donna Wade, media coordinator, media; and Natalie Otsuka, account coordinator. The firm, a full-service marketing and public relations agency, moved its headquarters to Innsbrook in March to a larger office space to accommodate its growth.

Faison autism residence to break ground next week at Henrico site

The Faison Centers of Excellence will break ground Sept. 26 on The Faison Residence, a new state-of the-art residential community in Henrico’s Near West End tailored to meet the challenges of young adults with autism.

The facility, to be located at the corner of West Broad Street and Byrd Avenue, will be the first residential community of its kind on the eastern seaboard. (An artist’s rendering appears at right.)

HFCU opens new branch at Holman MS

Holman Middle School and Henrico Federal Credit Union recently teamed to open the “Huskie Branch,” a student HFCU branch in the school. The branch allows students to work with teachers and parents to develop financial responsibility as well as important money management skills.

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