Newsbites: Noteworthy tidbits for April 21, 2015


Bike Walk RVA, a Sports Backers program, was recently awarded Bicycling Magazine’s People’s Choice Award for bike and pedestrian advocacy organization of the year.

Kids Run RVA, a Sports Backers initiative, was named Youth Running Event of the Year for the Call Federal Marathon Jr. kids run. The event was recognized as the best youth running event in the country.

Sarah Steadman

Sarah Steadman

Special Olympics Virginia was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from The CarMax Foundation. The funds will be used to support the organization’s Urban Programs.

Sarah Steadman, Director of Adult and Family Programs with NAMI Virginia; Lorie Coker with the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Richmond; and Shana Beverly of Senior Connections recently earned their Certification in Volunteer Administration from the Greater Richmond Association for Volunteer Administration.

Local organization HomeAgain will host a community leadership dinner April 29 in honor of Charlie Agee of Altria, the recipient of HomeAgain’s 2015 Ann and Don King Community Leadership award, and Capital One, the winner of HomeAgain’s 2015 Community Partnership Award.

The YMCA of Greater Richmond officially kicked off the community phase of its 2015 Annual Campaign, which is aimed at raising funds to support the organization’s community programs and resources for local youth development.

The Earth Day 5K Race Without a Trace took place April 18th, starting in Chimborazo Park in Church Hill, with a finish line at the Great Shiplock Park for Enrichmond’s Earth Day Festival. It was presented by EarthCraft Virginia in partnership with the Earth Day Festival and Richmond Multisports.

Bon Secours Richmond Health System has announced a multi-year partnership with the Richmond Kickers, which will commence with the 2015 season. The provider will be the Official Healthcare Services Provider for the Kickers, providing a full spectrum of medical care.

Virginia’s Adoption Champion and CEO of Care Advantage Inc. Debbie Johnston will introduce Connecting Hearts – The Deborah J. Johnston Foundation in May to celebrate National Foster Care Month.

The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter held its annual ‘Reason to Hope’ breakfast in late March to raise funds and awareness.


Bon Secours’ St. Mary’s Wound Care Center at Reynolds Crossing was recognized as a Center of Distinction for 2014 by Healogics Inc.

Peter Bernard

Peter Bernard

Bon Secours Medical Group won third place honors in the 2015 Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards.

Peter Bernard, CEO of Bon Secours Virginia, was given the American College of Healthcare Executives Senior Achievement Award.

Viki Regan, WRIC General Manager, presented the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU with a $10,000 donation on behalf of Wheel of Fortune.

The VCU Medical Center received its Level 1 trauma center certification for the fourth time from the American College of Surgeons.


Richmond-based hotel management company SMI Hotel Group recently launched a new corporate website at


Paul Cassimus of King of Pops has teamed up with local artists Hamilton Glass and Matt Lively to paint a mural on the company’s Pop Factory.


After leaving Matrix Capital Markets Group at the end of 2014, Jeffrey Moore has formed RTK Family Capital Group LLC, along with Jim Young, a former client.


LeClairRyan’s Richmond office won the large law firm category in the University of Richmond School of Law’s 2014 Law Firm Challenge.


LINC raised money through its annual silent purse auction.

Thirty-one of LeClairRyan’s Richmond- or Innsbrook-based attorneys were named 2015 Virginia Super Lawyers or Rising Stars. Two additional Virginia lawyers were recognized in the top listings by Law & Politics magazine.

The Legal Information Network for Cancer raised almost $50,000 for cancer patients and their families in the Richmond area during its 9th Annual Silent and Live Handbag Auction, It’s in the Bag, presented by the Virginia Cancer Institute.

Four Vandeventer Black attorneys received an “AV” Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: Arlene Klinedinst, Neil Lowenstein, Trey Kelleter and Kimberly Timms. The rating reflects high professional ethics and strong legal ability.


CBRE|Richmond collected more than 100 books for the Richmond Public Library.

Real Estate

The Richmond Association of Realtors was awarded with a Community Outreach Award by the National Association of Realtors.

CBRE|Richmond has collected 119 books, worth a total of $1,763, for the City of Richmond Public Library Friends of the Library book sale held April 10-11. The books were collected through the CBRE Cares platform, a philanthropic group aimed at supporting the local community.


Elephant Auto Insurance recently partnered with Major League Soccer’s FC Dallas, making Elephant the team’s exclusive auto and property insurance sponsor for the next three seasons.

Local Businesses

The Greater Richmond Chamber’s Helping Young Professionals Engage program named 12 finalists for its inaugural Icon Awards. Finalists in the Change Agent category include Drew Melson of St. Joseph’s Villa; Leah Newcomb of Altria; Zane Underwood of Altria; Justin Ayars of Virginia Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce; Megan Driscoll of Richmond International Raceway; and Katherine Libby of Virginia Oral Health Coalition.

The finalists in the HYPE Icon Awards Front Runner category include Nathalia Artus of EVB; Danielle Gilbert of Bon Secours Virginia; Joe Schilling of Reynolds Community College; Lauren Fitzgerald of The Mom Complex; Stephen Roberson of Blanchard’s Coffee Roasting Co.; and Kevin Wilson of Sticky ToGoGo.

Renewal by Andersen, a division of the Andersen Corp. offering start-to-finish window replacement services, was awarded the Angie’s List Super Service Award, which is given to companies that retain high reviews on the Angie’s List website.

Pivotal’s Soft Case gear bag earned the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2015, competing against 4,928 entries from 56 countries. The award was created by Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in 1955 and recognizes outstanding designs from all over the world.

TMI Consulting recently strengthened its international presence with its Dialogues for Change project, which took President Matthew Freeman to Ludwigsburg, Germany, to work with Americans and Germans to strengthen skills in identifying and address public concerns about their own communities.

The Honorable David A. Kaechele was named the 2015 Henrico Community Leader of the Year by the Henrico Business Council of the Greater Richmond Chamber. The award honors a Henrico County citizen who has made a positive difference in the community.

Virginia Community Capital, Impact Makers, MAXX Potential, and Greater Richmond Grid were recognized as B Corps “Best for the World” and “Best for Community” by B Lab in its fourth annual “B Corps Best for the World” list.

Public Relations


PRSA’s March 25 meeting with Jim Vance.

The Richmond chapter of the Public Relations Society of America held its monthly luncheon on March 25 at the Jefferson Lakeside Country Club. Attendees heard from guest speaker Jim Vance, a spokesman with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Vance discussed media training and communications during crisis situations, noting examples from such incidents as the Virginia Tech shooting, the D.C.-area sniper shootings and Hurricane Katrina.


Goochland County Public Schools recently launched a six-year strategic planning initiative to develop students’ leadership potential through Values Base Leadership. The initiative was recognized by District Administration magazine.


ECPI teamed up

ECPI teamed up with Websmith Group on a mobile app contest.

The fourth annual RVA Hackathon was held April 11, with fewer participants involved to create a more concentrated playing field. The event allowed local software developers to work for 10 straight hours and compete in five categories. Best in Show went to Daygist, Temporal won Best Design, Best Use of Theme went to Outta Time, and Keepers won both Best Execution and Crowd Favorite.

ECPI University’s Richmond-Innsbrook Campus and Websmith Group teamed up to conduct a mobile app competition. The program divided students into three competing software development teams based on their individual skill sets, and set them to work developing a library inventory mobile application. The final presentation was held April 2.

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