Henrico County VA

McGeorge Toyota to offer $15,000 safe driving scholarship

McGeorge Toyota and DRIVE SMART Virginia have partnered to offer a $15,000 scholarship in an effort to increase awareness of the dangers of driving while distracted and save lives.

Statistics show that 80 percent of traffic crashes in Virginia are caused by distracted driving,

The Saving Lives, Supporting Futures Scholarship program was developed earlier this year after members of McGeorge Toyota and DRIVE SMART Virginia began discussing ways to increase awareness of a problem that causes more than 3,000 deaths and 400,000 injuries annually, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Henrico native named Komen president

Henrico native and five-year survivor Lynn Kirk (pictured at right with husband and co-survivor Ron) has been named president of Susan G. Komen Central Virginia. The Affiliate is gearing up for the annual Race for the Cure fundraiser May 11, which is chaired by Henrico resident Jen Miller.

Last year’s efforts raised more than $535,000, which was granted to such local organizations as VCU Massey Cancer Center, Ellen Shaw de Paredes Breast Cancer Foundation, Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation, CrossOver Ministry, Nueva Vida, and other groups for education, screenings and research for the prevention and cure of breast cancer.

Ball named Henrico community leader of the year

The Henrico Business Council of the Greater Richmond Chamber named Melissa Ball, owner of Ball Office Products, as the 2013 Henrico Community Leader of the Year Award. Ball was cited not only for her success in effectively building her own small business but also for giving back to her peers and for being a good corporate citizen. She will be honored at the Henrico Awards Celebration on May 8.

Chuy’s opens in Short Pump

Chuy’s, a Tex-Mex restaurant which opened April 9 in West Broad Village, held a total of four pre-opening benefits for Comfort Zone Camp. Comfort Zone CEO Lloyd Osgood (pictured at left) joined Chuy’s GM and local owner Ben Scarborough at the “Fully-Loaded Nacho Car” to celebrate at the last of the pre-opening events, a VIP Night held April 8. The Short Pump Chuy’s – Virginia’s first location of the Austin, Texas, chain – will continue to support CZC throughout the year in its mission to provide a place for grieving children to heal and grow.

‘Children’s Theatre’ opens at Willow Lawn

Brookland District Supervisor Dick Glover (second from right) helps officials from the board of the recently-christened Children’s Theatre of Virginia to tug the ribbon off the newly-installed sign on the space formerly occupied by Barksdale Theatre. The dedication of the theater, which is located at the Shops at Willow Lawn, was held April 10 in conjunction with the monthly community event Mommy and Me. The Children’s Theatre of Virginia was formed after the merger of Theatre IV and Barksdale Theatre in July and will stage at least six shows per season serving families and students.

Business in brief

Christopher J. Croft has joined Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer‘s Commercial Property Services team as a portfolio manager in their Richmond office. Croft will be overseeing a blended portfolio of office, retail and industrial properties. He received his bachelor of science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business and has worked in the property management field for the past six years. Formerly, he was a settlement processor for a large home builder/developer.

Business in brief

For the second consecutive year, Working Mother magazine has named Bon Secours Virginia Health System among 12 companies nationwide for supporting and advancing its hourly workers. Nearly 85% of Bon Secours Virginia’s 12,000 employees earn hourly wages. Bon Secours was cited for Work-Life Initiatives such as dependent care, wellness benefits including health care coverage, free health education, health screenings and fitness, and education development including tuition assistance and mentoring.

Business in brief

Virginia Home for Boys and Girls (VHBG) Teaching-Parents Denise Knight, Jeremy Eppihimer and Hillary Eppihimer have received their Teaching-Family Association (TFA) Certifications. Teaching-Parents at VHBG live in group homes with at-risk youth to create a family environment and to give the youth the opportunity to grow up in a safe, loving, nurturing household. TFA Certification indicates a high level of satisfaction with the quality of the Teaching-Parent’s services from their youth, community stakeholders and administration.

Travelers Insurance relocating to Deep Run III

Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer has announced that Travelers Insurance has leased 71,817 square feet of office space in Deep Run III, 9954 Mayland Dr. in Henrico County. The 348,174 square foot class A, six-story building was previously the headquarters facility for Circuit City.

With a 64,000 square foot floor plate, Travelers Insurance will occupy the top floor and a portion of the fourth floor.

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