Avalon swim team claims ‘Dunk Hunger 2016’ gold medal

An epic battle ensued across Richmond all summer long, as swim teams and pools throughout the region competed in Richmond Family Magazine’s Dunk Hunger 2016 to help end chronic hunger in Central Virginia. This year’s community effort raised the equivalent of 75,246 pounds for FeedMore.

Henrico's Avalon Swim Team claimed this year’s Gold Medal and picked up a $1,000 cash prize, courtesy of Dunk Hunger’s co-presenting sponsor, Nova of Virginia Aquatics. Other top finishers were Silver Medal Winner, Wyndham Tidal Waves, followed by Canterbury Recreation, Hungary Creek, and Burkwood.

VHBG to host fifth annual youth triathlon

The Virginia Home for Boys and Girls has partnered with Endorphin Fitness to bring a fifth iteration of its widely popular youth triathlon back to Henrico on Aug. 20.

For the past five years, VHBG has hosted the event, which allows children in the program ages 5-14, as well as local children in the same age range, to participate in the race, which includes running, swimming and biking. More than 225 children are expected to participate in this year’s event.

3 Henrico students earn KLM Book Scholarship awards

Three Henrico County students were among the 33 students from Virginia and Maryland who earned 2016 Book Scholarship Awards from the KLM Scholarship Foundation. Awards were presented Aug. 6 during a ceremony at Linwood Holton Elementary School.

Christopher Gray (who will attend Hampden-Sydney College and major in psychology); Zoie McMillian (who will attend Virginia Tech and major in animal science; and Heather Williams ( who will attend Virginia Tech and major in animal and poultry sciences) each earned $1,000 scholarships. Gray intendeds to become a lawyer and eventually open his own firm.

Leadership Metro Richmond announces Class of 2017

Leadership Metro Richmond this week announced its class of 2017 – community leaders from the region selected to participate in its flagship program – Leadership Quest. The 69-member class will participate in a ten-month program, starting in September, that focuses on regional issue topics and community leadership development.

Henrico Restaurant Week raises $2k for VHBG

The April edition of Henrico Restaurant Week raised $2,050 for the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls' 2016 Youth Triathlon, which will be held Aug. 20.

Henrico Restaurant Week, hosted by the Henrico Citizen in partnership with title sponsor Visit Henrico, featured 10 Henrico restaurants. Each made a donation from every special Restaurant Week lunch and dinner sold during the week.

Eastern Henrico American Legion post seeks to stave off closure

Members of a longstanding American Legion post in Eastern Henrico are planning a benefit event next month to raise money that they hope will keep the center open for another several months.

American Legion Post 233 in Varina opened in the early 1940s and has served hundreds of military veterans in the years since. But as membership has dwindled, the post is running out of operating funds and may be forced to close if it can't raise enough money to make ends meet.

The post once counted several hundred vets as members, but its official membership is down to just a dozen people today, Post 233 Service Advisor Wayne Gilbert told the Citizen.

Montessori ‘PUP rally’ to support Richmond Animal League

Students at Richmond Montessori School will host a “PUP rally” Friday, Dec. 11 from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. to complete their weeklong community service project in support of the Richmond Animal League, a nonprofit organization that saves lives and provides help and homes to animals in need.

For the second year in a row, students in grades 4-8 will show their support for Richmond Animal League by wearing animal costumes with posters, pom-poms and cheers as parents drive through the carpool line.

Jacob’s Chance hosts homecoming dance

Jacob’s Chance hosted its second annual homecoming dance at the Glen Allen Community Center Nov. 14. More than 60 people attended the Mardi Gras-themed event.

The annual dance is one of many events sponsored by Jacob’s Chance, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization that provides social and recreational activities for youth and young adults with physical and intellectual disabilities.

SJV wins statewide housing award

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced recently that St. Joseph's Villa is one of five winners of the 2015 Virginia Housing Awards, given to organizations and government entities throughout the Commonwealth to recognize extraordinary efforts to address affordable housing challenges in Virginia.

St. Joseph’s Villa won the Best Housing Program or Service Award for its Flagler Rapid Re-housing Services.

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