Newsbites: Noteworthy tidbits for Sept. 23, 2014


From left: Meghan Manning Massie, Director of Development for Special Olympics Virginia, Kelly A. Johnson, Assistant Vice President of Southern Bank and Trust Co. and Melinda J. Williams, AVP, Branch Manager of Old Point National Bank.

From left: Meghan Manning Massie, Director of Development for Special Olympics Virginia, Kelly A. Johnson, Assistant Vice President of Southern Bank and Trust Co. and Melinda J. Williams, AVP, Branch Manager of Old Point National Bank.

The Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects celebrated its 100th anniversary at the Virginia Accord Sept. 19 and 20. Founded in 1914 by five architects, the Virginia Society of the AIA has nearly 2,500 members.


The Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management’s graduating Class of 2014 donated $11,028 to Special Olympics Virginia.


HHHunt Homes of Richmond helped cub scouts from Pack 2842, Den 2 in Chesterfield County earn their engineering merit badges. The Webelos got a tour of cleared home site, a house under construction and a completed house at Sherwood Fields, a neighborhood in Magnolia Green.


Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School for Government & International Studies was ranked 12th in the Daily Beast’s Top High Schools of 2014 list.


Richard Glennon

VCU received a $6.9 million federal grant to study the genetics of alcohol abuse and alcoholism.

VCU School of Pharmacy professor Dr. Richard A. Glennon has been inducted into the American Chemical Society’s 2014 Division of Medicinal Chemistry Hall of Fame. He also received the Philip S. Portoghese Medicinal Chemistry Lectureship Award. Glennon joined the School of Pharmacy faculty in 1975 and is the chairman of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry.

The Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources, awarded more than $1.3 million in education grants this year to 100-plus schools and educational institutions in nine states and D.C.


UPS donated to the recently opened Reinhart Guest House at St. Marys

UPS donated $15,000 to the recently opened Reinhart Guest House at St. Mary’s.

Bon Secours Evelyn D. Reinhart Guest House received a $15,000 grant from the UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS. The guest house provides short-term and extended lodging for families and caregivers of patients at St. Mary’s Hospital.

VCU Massey Cancer Center received a $4.4 million, five-year renewable grant from the National Cancer Institute to support a statewide network for cancer clinical research in Virginia.

HCA Virginia’s Levinson Heart Institute at Chippenham Hospital opened its new electrophysiology lab for the management and treatment of patients with arrhythmia disorders or abnormal heart rhythms. This is the third EP lab at Chippenham. It was created in response to an increased patient demand for ablations to treat atrial fibrillation.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield members can now use their smart phone, tablet or computer to have a live video visit with a board-certified doctor to discuss non-emergency health issues. The service is called LiveHealth Online and doctors are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at standard co-pay rates for a physician’s visit. LiveHealth Online is typically about $49 per visit for patients that aren’t Anthem members.


Courtney Moates Paulk, a partner at Hirschler Fleischer, is the seventh person in history to complete the 20-mile swim across Cape Code Bay, from Plymouth to Provincetown, Mass. Paulk completed the swim in nine hours and 43 minutes, breaking the course record.

Howard Feller, a partner at McGuireWoods, is the newly elected chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law. Feller, who joined McGuireWoods in 1978, leads the firm’s antitrust and trade regulation department.

George C. Howell III, head of Hunton & Williams’ tax and employee benefits practice, has been selected as chair-elect of the American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation, the nation’s largest professional association of tax lawyers. Howell works out of Hunton & Williams’ Richmond and New York City offices.

LINC, Legal Information Network for Cancer, announced officers of its board of directors: William “Bill” Redd, president; Mary Allen Waller, vice president; Elizabeth O’Donnell, treasurer; and Robin Smith, secretary. New board members include Alexandra “Sandy” Bowen, Cindy Creasy, Heather Caputo, Dr. Mary Helen Hackney, Alice Meyer, and Catherine “Carrie” Schaeffer. LINC is a nonprofit group that helps cancer patients and their families with education, assistance and referral to legal, financial and community resources. LINC also received the Lewis F. Powell Jr. Pro Bono Award from the Special Committee on Access to Legal Services of the Virginia State Bar.


The Better Housing Coalition raised more than $2 million in matching funds to complete a $1 million, two-for-one challenge grant awarded the organization by the Cabell Foundation in 2012. The BHC had until June 30 to meet the match. Donations included $568,717 from 29 individual donors, $553,725 from foundations, and $1.130 million from corporations and public entities. The money will be put toward BHC’s efforts to increase and preserve the stock of affordable housing for lower-wealth families in Richmond’s East End.

The YMCA of Greater Richmond and James Center Property LLC agreed on a three-year lease extension for the James Center YMCA, which has been in operation since 2004.

The Color Course, a 5K and obstacle course where participants get coated with colored powders, will be held Oct. 25 at Colonial Downs and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Virginia. For more information, visit

Home Depot employees volunteered with Habitat for Humanity to build homes for veterans.

Home Depot employees volunteered with Habitat for Humanity to renovate homes for veterans.

Historic Richmond will host A Monumental Celebration from 6 p.m. 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 2 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Monumental Church at 1224 E. Broad St. The event includes an open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres and entertainment.

Darcy Oman, longtime president and CEO of The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia, won the Distinguished Service Award from the Council on Foundations. During her tenure, annual grant making at The Community Foundation has grown from $31,000 in 1985 to $50 million in 2013.

Employees from local Home Depot stores volunteered to help repair the homes of two Chesterfield County veterans in honor of Sept. 11. This was part of Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity’s Habitat for Heroes program.

Several local schools and organizations were among Keep Virginia Beautiful’s “30 Grants in 30 Days” winners, including: Highland Springs High School, Richmond, $500; Pocahontas State Park, Chesterfield, $1,000; Service Kids in Progress Inc., Richmond, $750; and RVA Clean Sweep, Richmond, $750. Grants ranged from $500 to $1,000 and were made possible by Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation and MeadWestvaco.

McKesson donated 4 million pairs of latex gloves to World Vision to be distributed to health workers treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone. The supply will cover the country’s needs for five months.

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts have partnered on a special beer for the upcoming exhibition, Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing. The Belgian white ale is infused with Asian dragon fruit and will be available at a special launch event at 2 p.m. Oct. 4 at Hardywood. The VMFA will display Forbidden City from Oct. 18 to Jan. 11.

VMFA is also launching its first crowdfunding campaign to raise $40,000 to support the exhibition fund. Supporters are invited to help build a scaled version of the Forbidden City, featuring the hundreds of buildings that make up the complex.

Real estate

Sandra Yarbrough

Sandra Yarbrough

CBRE|Richmond employees volunteered at St. Andrew’s School Aug. 15. The nine volunteers painted classrooms and hallways.

Small & Associates Real Estate became the exclusive Leverage Global Partner for Richmond.

Sandra Yarbrough, a sales associate with Long & Foster Real Estate’s Strawberry Street sales office, has earned the Seniors Real Estate Specialist designation. The designation, awarded by the SRES Council, an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors, recognizes Yarbrough as an expert in the fast-growing senior market. Yarbrough has been a Realtor since 2010 and with Long & Foster’s Strawberry Street office since 2013.


Commonwealth Computer Training, a division of Commonwealth Personnel Consultants, is celebrating its 13th anniversary this month.

The American Fire Sprinkler Association has awarded quality contractor status to Eagle Fire Inc. of Richmond.

Richmond Weddings, a family-owned wedding magazine and website, celebrated its 25th anniversary.


Richmond Region Tourism and VCU Brandcenter have partnered on OutRVA, a new campaign designed to showcase Richmond’s LGBT community and highlight the area as a travel destination for LGBT travelers. The concept was developed by a group of Brandcenter students.

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