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McGeorge Toyota donates $10,000 to Make-A-Wish


Bob Farlow, general manager of McGeorge Toyota, presented a check for $10,000 to Make-A-Wish® Greater Virginia President Sheri Lambert Feb. 28 at the dealership on West Broad Street.

The donation, made as part of the Random Acts of McGeorge program, will help grant wishes to local children battling life-threatening medical condition, providing hope and motivation not only to wish kids but also to volunteers, medical professionals, and communities.

Henrico Restaurant Week nets more than $4,500 for VHBG


The inaugural Henrico Restaurant Week, April 11-19, raise more than $4,500 for the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls. Representatives from the Henrico Citizen and participating restaurants gathered May 21 at VHBG, where Citizen Publisher Tom Lappas presented a check for $4,525
to VHBG President Claiborne Mason.

Henrico Restaurant Week involved 34 Henrico restaurants, who created special fixed-price menus that were available to diners during the event. Each restaurant donated $1 from the sale of each special Restaurant Week lunch and $2 from the sale of each Restaurant Week dinner to the VHBG.

A special thanks to VHBG official

Henrico Restaurant Week & T3 Media, LLC extended appreciation to Shannon Early, marketing coordinator at the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls, for her enthusiasm, professionalism and attention to detail in helping to make the inaugural Henrico Restaurant Week a tremendous success.

RIR wins tourism award


Among the honorees at Richmond Region Tourism’s “I Am Tourism” awards breakfast, held recently at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, was Richmond International Raceway (RIR), winner of the Dedicated Partner Award. Accepting on behalf of RIR was Dennis Bickmeier, RIR president (pictured, center, with Jack Berry of Richmond Region Tourism and James Burrell, chairman of the board of directors).

The award recognizes an organization for its outstanding partnership and ongoing collaboration with Richmond Region Tourism, which termed RIR a “tourism powerhouse” for the Richmond region that generates an economic impact equal to that of a Super Bowl.

Citizen’s Kruszewski wins 6 VPC awards


Henrico Citizen Managing Editor Patty Kruszewski won six awards in the Virginia Professional Communicator (VPC) 2015 communications contest, including a first-place entry that will advance to the National Federation of Press Women competition.

Awards were announced at the VPC (formerly known as Virginia Press Women) spring conference awards luncheon, held May 2 in Norfolk.

Kruszewski collected first-place honors in the specialty articles category, with two stories focusing on environmental topics. The articles were about the Environmental Film Festival’s expansion into Henrico County, and about the trend towards building and outfitting more homes and commercial structures with solar panels and other green features. Judges noted that Kruszewski “did her research and also made the articles interesting to read.”

Companion Extraordinaire honors veterans


Companion Extraordinaire honored military veterans and current military members during a ceremony at its Lakeside office May 14. Owner Dawn Benninghove presented certificates and pins to each honoree during the service.

Business in brief


In a face-off of 127 regional champions from 24 states, Garland Hume, owner and chief instructor of Bikram Yoga Richmond, emerged as one of the nation's top ten at the 2015 USA Yoga National Championship competition May 3 in Binghamton, NY. Adults competing must perform a total of seven yoga postures – four compulsory and three optional – in three minutes. Postures are scored on the basis of difficulty, and judges rate contestants on how well they “achieve the maximum expression of the posture while demonstrating complete control of the body and breath,” according to championship rules. Maximum possible score is 50 points, and Hume's 48.63 score ranked her eighth among adult women. Hume has been practicing Bikram Yoga since January 2007. Bikram Yoga Richmond has two locations, in Henrico's Far West End near Innsbrook and at Stony Point.

Henrico organizations among winners at Richmond Technology Council Awards show


Several Henrico organizations and individuals were among the winners at the Richmond Technology Councils 20th Annual Technology Awards show and gala, held May 13. The show honors those who are actively helping to advance the region's technology-based economy.

Nearly 800 business leaders attended the event, which was held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

"Much has changed during the last two decades, but our region continues to sprout innovators and entrepreneurs," said Robby Demeria, executive director of the RTC.

L.L. Bean coming to Short Pump Town Center

MAY 14, 10:50 A.M. – Outdoor retailer L.L. Bean today announced that it will open a store at Short Pump Town Center in November. It will be the company's second location, joining one in Tysons Corner.

The 15,500-square-foot store – which will be located in the space currently occupied by the food court – will employ approximately 100 people, according to company officials, and will feature active and casual apparel and footwear, as well as outdoor lifestyle gear.

“Our stores are where the L.L.Bean catalogs come to life for our customers,” said Ken Kacere, senior vice-president and general manager of retail at L.L.Bean. “It’s very exciting to open a store in Richmond, just a stone’s throw away from the James River and all of the other countless opportunities for outdoor recreation. We’re looking forward to introducing our brand to the Richmond area and immersing ourselves in the Virginia community, culture and outdoor traditions.”

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A benefit concert will be held for the Children’s Organ Transplant Association in honor of Chad Southward, a Henrico-area man who received his third double lung transplant at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina on Thanksgiving Day 2016, at 7 p.m. at Sandston Baptist Church. The Christian music concert, “Breathe Deeply – Songs for the Southwards,” will feature Amy Ladd and Friends, Clear Call and Who Shot Goliath? The MC will be Troy Westerman. Funds are being raised to assist with transplant related expenses. The concert is free but donations will be accepted. For details, call Wanda Phillips at (804) 564-6237. Full text

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