Newsbites: Announcements, awards and other briefs for 6.17.14

BizSense Newsbites is new a monthly round-up of news bits on awards, grants, and other announcements from local businesses. There’s a lot going on around town that doesn’t make it into the news each day. This new section will highlight announcements that are brief and valuable to BizSense readers.

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Seifried & Brew LLC, a community bank risk management firm, named Citizens and Farmers Bank (C&F) in its 2013 Top 15th Percentile of Community Banks. To receive this ranking, C&F demonstrated exemplary performance of balancing risk and reward based on the bank’s total risk or return composite ranking.


CultureWorks announced the third round of grant awards through the Richmond Arts and Cultural District Micro Grant Program. Capital improvement grants of $2,500 each were awarded to Books, Bikes and Beyond Thrift Shop, Sediment Gallery, TheatreLAB, and Virginia Repertory Theatre. Project support grants of up to $1,000 each were awarded to Girls Rock RVA, Richmond Behavioral Health Foundation, Richmond Public Library, and WRIR 97.3 FM with Gallery 5. The next application deadline is July 1.


HCA Virginia’s John Randolph Medical Center has earned the Gold Seal of Approval certification for its total hip and knee programs from The Joint Commission. The certification recognizes the hospital’s compliance with the commission’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety.


Jim Woodward

James Woodward

James F. Woodward received the Distinguished CFO award at the annual Media Financial Management Association conference in Miami. Woodward has been Media General’s CFO since 2011.


FeedMore received a $25,000 grant from Nationwide Insurance Foundation. The nonprofit also received a $2,000 grant from Banfield Charitable Trust for FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels’ companion animals program. Since January, the program has provided food for the pets of 248 Meals on Wheels clients.

Greater Richmond ARC won a Capital Award of Merit at the Virginia Public Relations Awards May 14 for an op-ed column.

Frank Robinson, president and CEO of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, was honored with a tourism leadership award from Richmond Region Tourism. The garden received a Virginia Public Relations Capital Award of Merit for an op-ed piece.


Jon Rittling won last year’s CMOR College Tuition Raffle. Rittling gave the tuition contract to his nephew, Alex, pictured above with his parents.

The Ujima Legacy Fund awarded $28,000 to ART 180. The grant will support the organization’s afterschool art programs.

Children’s Museum of Richmond launched its second annual College Tuition Raffle. The winner will receive an eight-semester Tier I Virginia529 pre-paid tuition contract. The drawing is June 30. Tickets are available at all four CMOR locations and online at The prize is valued at about $60,000. Proceeds benefit CMOR’s free and reduced-price admission program.

Todd “Parney” Parnell, vice president and COO of Richmond Flying Squirrels, was the recipient of the second annual Book Bank Champion Award in recognition of his support of CMOR’s Book Bank.

United Methodist Family Services (UMFS) recently handed out employee awards for 2013. Angie Williams received the CEO’s Award. Carmen Dailey received the Employee of the Year award. The Family Services Team of the Year award was given to the Northern Virginia Regional Center. The Project Team of the Year award went to the playground build team in partnership with KaBOOM and the CarMax Foundation. Team members include Williams, Katie Moore, Elizabeth Buchholz, Richard Palmer, Jean Hepburn and Jay Ziehl. Coby Wilmer, Kourtney Herndon and Dave Christianson were presented with the Direct Care Workers of the Year award.


CBRE|Richmond donated 558 jars of peanut butter to Chesterfield Colonial Heights Alliance of Social Ministry.

Real Estate

CBRE|Richmond employees collected 558 jars of peanut butter for Chesterfield Colonial Heights Alliance of Social Ministry to stock their pantry.

Charles Zerhusen, senior real estate manager at CBRE|Richmond, has received the Certified Property Manager designation through the Institute of Real Estate Management. The designation is earned after candidates complete an extensive program based on a combination of education and experience. Zerhusen joined CBRE in 2011.


Richmond Concierge,, recently celebrated its grand opening at 202 N. 20th Street, Suite A. The company provides a variety of personal assistant and lifestyle management services to individuals, families and corporate clients.


The Comcast Foundation awarded scholarships to 59 Virginia high school seniors through its annual Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program. Keonna Knight, a senior at Richmond Community High School, was awarded a $10,000 founders scholarship. Others students received $1,000 scholarships.

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