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Gallagher Foundation serves more than 14,000 teens in first year


In its first year, The Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation reached 14,000 teens through its programs from Spring 2016 to date. The foundation is dedicated to spreading positivity and erasing stigmas by educating and creating awareness on depression, anxiety and stress among teens. CKG delivers programs at schools, community events and its West End office.

“Students are in need of the information in the workshops, whether they know it or not, and they aren’t getting it anywhere else,” said Beth Curry, Director of Health and Wellness at The Steward School.

Every breath matters

Thirteen years ago, Russell Glover couldn’t breathe. Out of nowhere, what felt like a punch to the stomach led him to the hospital. After a diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), he was left with a life expectancy of three years.

“I wasn’t happy with that,” said Glover, then in his 50s and full of life. He learned that his lungs were scarring and thickening over time, making it hard to breathe. The term idiopathic means that the cause of the disease is unknown, and unfortunately there aren’t any cures, either.

‘Too Smart 2 Start’ earns nonprofit status

The Henrico Too Smart 2 Start Coalition has qualified as a nonprofit charitable organization under the federal tax code, which will help it play a greater role in reducing substance abuse and other risky behaviors among youth.

The Henrico Too Smart 2 Start Coalition received its 501(c)(3) designation in July, making the organization eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions.

Graceful living

Bursts of laughter come from a typically quiet room at A Grace Place, an adult care center in Henrico. Inside, groups of players sit contentedly around tables, moving their oversized game pieces around and enjoying each other’s company. At the age of 99, Marie Bradley is the oldest person at the table, but that doesn’t stop her from playing another game of dominoes with her friends.

At A Grace Place, individuals like Marie can find personalized care, health management and just plain fun.

Healing power

Jeff Gordon proudly led a tour through the Community Brain Injury Services facility recently, pointing himself out in several framed photos on the wall in the foyer.

“This is a compilation of all our memories here,” said the survivor of brain injury who has benefitted from many of the services offered by the organization. Although many years have passed, he was eager to share how he was affected by brain injury at the age of 16 after wrestling with some friends.

“I come here to have a place to keep me out of trouble,” he joked. “It gives me a lot of new friends and gives us something to do with our time.”

A place for single moms

Eight years ago, Kimberly Braine-Tillem packed all of her things into her car, traveled across the country with three children and a dog, and started a new life as a single mom of three in Richmond. During the trip, she empathized with women like herself who needed support as single parents.

“I was given a vision to create a place where single women could go for help, education and blessings,” she says.

While traveling for five days with a five, eight, and nine-year-old, she developed the full concept for a nonprofit that would provide supportive services for single women and their children—The Sophie House.

ARC hosts ‘Ladybug’ fundraiser at RIR


For the nearly 400 attendees at the Greater Richmond ARC's annual Ladybug Wine Tasting and Silent Auction on May 18, the silent auction that included a Gibson guitar donated by The Martin Agency, as well as a guitar and ukuleles from Hohner, Inc., was music to their ears.

Held at the Torque Club at the Richmond Raceway Complex, guests bid on more than 200 silent auction items while sampling sliced tenderloin from Arcadia restaurant and marinated lamb lollipops from Fleming's Steakhouse, as well as foods from other local restaurants and a large selection of West Coast wines.

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.

Eastern Henrico FISH Provides Assistance

Eastern Henrico FISH depends on the help of local churches and charitable organizations to get members in the community back on their feet.

The non-profit serves Henrico residents east and south of Mechanicsville Turnpike including Highland Springs, Varina, and Sandston providing clothes, food, and financial assistance for people with short term emergencies.

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