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Blood drive to honor local child


The family of Callen Tyson – a local child who is battling leukemia – will host a blood drive at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital Tuesday, Aug. 23 from noon to 6 p.m.

Tyson was diagnosed with leukemia in March 2014 when he was only four years old and is nearly halfway finished with his three-year treatment. Part of that treatment has involved blood infusions, which has inspired his family and friends to host blood drives.

“By holding drives continuously throughout the year and in various locations across the state, we hope to help keep blood banks stocked and ready for anyone in need,” said Tyson's mother, Katie Tyson.

Training for homeless youth featured at workshop


In a first-of-its-kind event in the area, two local organizations last week hosted a workshop and training session for service providers and others who deal with youth homelessness.

Advocates for Richmond Youth organized the event, which took place on June 23 at the Bon Air Methodist Church, and St. Joseph's Villa assisted. The goal of the event was to expose service providers to the reality of youth homelessness and teach them how to access the resources they need to help affected children. It featured representatives from 65 different service providers throughout the state and some from elsewhere in the nation.

‘Spirit of Becky’ lives on


Howard W. “Bud” Minor, Jr. had just assumed the presidency of the Western Henrico Rotary Club in 1990 when he got the call one July evening from fellow Rotarian Cordell Briggs.

Seventeen-year-old Becky Briggs, Cordell's daughter, had been killed in an auto accident that afternoon on Interstate 95 near Emporia.

At Briggs' request, Minor went to identify the body. His long-time friend said he just was not up to the task.

Running on air


More than 250 teams and 5,600 runners from throughout the region took part in the seventh annual Connects Federal Credit Union Corporate 4-Miler in Innsbrook June 9. The event is designed to highlight the importance of workplace wellness programs to businesses of all sizes in the Richmond region.

The overall winners were Skeeter Morris of 3Sports (male division) and Sarahbeth Jones, Apex System (female division). Andrew Rose of Compare.com took the title in the Fastest Male CEO category, and Carrie Roth of Virginia Biotech Research Park won in the Fastest Female CEO category.

Never forgotten


Flags lined a portion of Hilliard Road in Lakeside on Memorial Day, in honor of military service members.

Allen & Allen seeks ‘Hometown Heroes’ nominations


The personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen is seeking community nominations for its award, which it introduced in 2010 to honor the firm’s centennial anniversary. Awards recognize the positive impact of local individuals who give back to their community on a daily basis.

“Allen & Allen admires the bravery, dedication, and hard work of the people across Virginia who value the act of giving,” said Trent Kerns, president of Allen & Allen. “Service to others, no matter the size of the gesture or good deed, connects each of us back to a basic human value. We can all find a way to make a difference.”

Lebanese Food Festival returns this week


The 32nd annual Lebanese Food Festival, hosted by St. Anthony’s Maronite Catholic Church, will be held on the church grounds next to Innsbrook at 4611 Sadler Road. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 13-14 and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 15.

The event will include food, desserts and beverages, as well as live Lebanese music and traditional Lebanese folk dances in full costume. Admission and parking are free. The festival will be held rain or shine.

Gearing up

Photos courtesy Megan Heath

Fairfield District Supervisor Frank Thornton greets a young cyclist (above) during the Pedal and Gears bike event, held in Lakeside April 30. The event featured a free family-friendly bike ride hosted by Bike Walk Northside, a bike safety demonstration, live music, food and vendors. It was sponsored by the Lakeside Business Association.

Welcome home


As the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls (VHBG) celebrates its 170th year of service to at-risk children, alumni gathered April 29 at the VHBG campus on West Broad Street to reminisce.

For some, like Mike Creech (pictured in center), it was their first step back in nearly 40 years. As a child, Creech bounced around in foster care for four years before finally landing at VHBG (then called the Richmond Home for Boys) in 1975 at age 11. Creech was recalling his fond memories of the people who worked at VHBG, how they taught him to be responsible, how they made him feel like family and that he called them “Mom” and “Pop.”

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