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Henrico couple wins $4M Va. Lottery prize

Henrico residents David Diggs and Rosalyn Radden worked as a team to win the $4 million top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s $100 Million Cash Extravaganza game. She bought the ticket, he scratched it, and when they realized it was a big winner, they high-fived.

They bought the winning ticket at Martin’s, 2250 John Rolfe Parkway in Henrico. Radden had decided a few weeks earlier that she would buy one ticket in that game each week. This was the fourth week.

After dinner at home, when Diggs scratched the ticket, he said, “I think I have something.”

Compassion honored

Brenda Spain (above, left), a 30-year employee at Beth Sholom who works the night shift, received the 11th annual Arthur Heller Employee Recognition Award at a ceremony held June 6 at the retirement home.

Pictured with Eleanor Tyler, the 2005 recipient of the award, Spain was nominated by her supervisor for the compassion and respect she shows residents and for "going that extra mile" to make them comfortable.

Water that quenches more than just thirst

At about the same time, Ollie Harvey’s sister was diagnosed with cancer while her grandson, Heaven, was diagnosed with autism. “I was really hurting in my heart,” Harvey said.

Then one day, Harvey came up with an idea to help out by selling bottled water through the Women of Richmond company that she founded. The Women of Richmond initiative is part of the non-profit organization Help Our People Eat (H.O.P.E), also founded by Harvey 25 years ago. The main goal of H.O.P.E. is to help out needy families in the Richmond area with donations of food, clothing, money for rent and other necessities.

Villa implements rapid re-housing

There is really no way to make homelessness any less scary, especially for children, but St. Joseph’s Villa is working to make getting out of it less jarring for families.

The Richmond nonprofit’s Flagler Housing and Homeless Services system will complete its change July 1 to a system of rapid re-housing of homeless families in their own apartments or houses, as opposed to housing them at St. Joseph’s Villa.

Henrico’s Top Dads

In celebration of Father’s Day, the Henrico Citizen and First Things First of Greater Richmond sought nominations of “Henrico’s Top Dads” from children and teens ages 5 to 17. Entries were judged by officials from both organizations and Henrico School Board member Lamont Bagby. The top 10 winning submissions appear here in alphabetical order, and honorable mention recipients also are listed on this page. Each dad was recognized at First Things First’s Celebrate Fatherhood event at Ukrop Park in Chesterfield June 9.

Collins newborn wins college savings account

Twenty Virginia babies born on May 29 have been awarded college savings accounts as part of an initiative known as 529 College Savings Day. Evan Keith Collins, son of George Keith Collins of Glen Allen, won the Virginia529 account at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital – Forest.

A second chance

Four men and women completed their journeys from the thrall of addiction to a new life May 31 as they graduated from the Henrico County Adult Drug Court.

The graduates had endured years of enslavement to the effects of drugs or alcohol and the many consequences of their addictions, including unemployment, repeated arrests and estrangement from family and friends.

TGIFriday’s donates to Safe Harbor

United Restaurant Group, owner of the six Richmond area TGIFriday’s locations, recently presented Henrico-based Safe Harbor with a check for $3,000 connected to a Mother’s Day promotion sponsored by Summit Media group. TGIFriday’s donated $1 from each dessert sold the week of Mother’s Day to Safe Harbor.

Local radio stations owned by Summit Media group — K95, Rock 96.5, Hot 100.9 and 103.7 the River — honored single moms in the Richmond area as identified by their listeners.

Former foster child gains “Momentum” with award

When they were little, Bridgette Booker and her sister had to watch out for each other as they coped with family and financial problems and made their way through the foster care system.

In 2008, only 3 percent of foster youth in Virginia graduated from college, a result of their less-than-ideal circumstances. Five years later, that statistic has improved dramatically, thanks in no small part to the efforts of the Great Expectations Program.

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