Newsbites: Noteworthy tidbits for June 16, 2015


The Children’s Tumor Foundation has started a new campaign, called “I Know a Fighter,” to raise awareness for neurofibromatosis. The group held several events in May and will participate in the Annual Richmond NF Walk on Oct. 3.

During its third year, the Ujima Legacy Fund, created by and for African American men, has awarded two $20,000 grants to Renew Richmond, in partnership with the Kinfolks Community Inc. and Neighborhood Resource Center.

Sabra celebrated National Humus Day on May 21 with the Chester Family YMCA, holding an event to give children in the Y’s after-school program a taste of the snack.


The Doorways was recently rebranded from the Hospital Hospitality House.

Habitat for Humanity Virginia and USDA Rural Development have started a new partnership that involves packaging Rural Development mortgage loans for low-income homebuyers.

The Doorways has been awarded a $200,000 challenge grant from the Cabell Foundation, supporting phase one of the organization’s renovations to improve its building. The total cost of the first phase is likely to be $1.7 million.

ChildFund International has joined Richmond 2015, the organizer of the 2015 UCI Road World Championships, as the nine-day cycling event’s official charity of choice.


Since Memorial Day 2013, when it launched its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment, Walmart has hired more than 2,990 U.S. Veterans in Virginia.

PaperFreckles, a local greeting card company, was one of the winners of the Greeting Card Association’s 27th International Greeting Cards Award Competition, the Louie Awards, at a gala event in New York City during the National Stationary Show in May. The company won in the category “Romantic Occasions $4 and Below” for their “Last Coconut” card.

H.J. Holtz & Son’s president Rick Holtz recently celebrated his 20th year with the company. Holtz’s grandfather founded the paint and wallpaper supplier in 1936.

Ippon Technologies plans to open an office in Washington, D.C. The Shockoe Bottom-based tech company plans to hire 15 more people for its Richmond office.

Nominations are now open for this year’s Venture Forum RVA Companies to Watch, an annual award that spotlights businesses that could significantly impact the area’s future economy.

The Virginia Biotechnology Research Park Corp.’s Board of Directors recently adopted bylaw changes to transition into the Innovation Council. VCU has committed $1.2 million, to be leveraged with matching funds, to launch the effort and support capital resources.

Higher Education

Greg Peters, president and CEO of United Methodist Family Services of Virginia, was honored with Bridgewater College’s Distinguished Alumnus Award at an awards ceremony in early May. Peters graduated from the college in 1974.

VCU was awarded a three-year $10 million grant to start a statewide consortium in order to help primary care practices deliver better care, serving up to 300 practices in Virginia. VCU received the award as part of EvidenceNow – Advancing Heart Health in Primary Care, which is an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality initiative.


Hunton & Williams was named one of the nation’s 25 top law firms in Corporate Board Member magazine. The title comes from the magazine’s 15th annual survey of America’s Best Corporate Law Firms.

From left: Raymond M. White, VLF Executive Director; Lucia Anna "Pia" Trigiani, Vice President of VLF; Denise kranich, Executive Director of LINC; and John D. Epps, President of VLF.

From left: Raymond M. White, VLF executive director; Lucia Anna “Pia” Trigiani, vice president of VLF; Denise Kranich, executive director of LINC; and John D. Epps, president of VLF.

McGuireWoods was awarded the Smithfield Ham Award for the eighth year in a row for collecting more food donations than any other large Virginia law firm during the Ninth Annual Statewide Legal Food Frenzy. The firm collected the equivalent of 128,110 pounds of food.

The Legal Information Network for Cancer was awarded several grants to support its mission, including $3,000 from the Midlothian Rotary; $10,000 from the Deep Run Marathon Dance; $10,000 from Virginia Law Foundation; and $2,500 from Takeda/Millennium Foundation.

Public Relations

Suzanne Hall, chief communications office for the VMFA, was awarded the Thomas Jefferson Award for Excellence in Public Relations at the Richmond Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America’s 2015 Virginia Public Relations Award ceremony in late May.

Eric Futterman was recently awarded an External Video award by the Public Relations Society of America, Richmond Chapter for his documentary on the 2014 Centennial Celebration of the Assembly’s Training School.

From left: Kourtney Ennis, Steve Abbot, Katherine O'Donnell, Amy Gerhart Favreau, Jennifer Barbin, Charleen McManus, and Tim Asimos.

From left: Kourtney Ennis, Steve Abbot, Katherine O’Donnell, Amy Gerhart Favreau, Jennifer Barbin, Charleen McManus, and Tim Asimos.

Amy Gerhart Favreau was awarded the 2015 North American chapter Volunteer of the Year for the American Marketing Association. Favreau was honored at the AMA Leadership Summit in Chicago in early May.


Richmond CenterStage was named a Bronze Winner at the 36th Annual Telly Awards for its piece “El Pinto, Latin Ballet of Virginia.” They competed against nearly 12,000 entries from every state.

The Byrd Theatre will be showing baseball classics June 19-21 in conjunction with the Flying Squirrels Charities’ “Renovating Richmond’s Recreation” initiative, which will build and renovate 12 Richmond City youth baseball facilities.


Susan Reed

Susan Reed

Susan Reed, an associate with Commonwealth Architects, passed the Architectural Registration Examination and is now licensed to practice architecture in Virginia.


Great Richmond Fit4Kids has partnered with Advanced Orthopaedics and Ortho On-Call for its AdvanceItUp Collection. During June the groups will collected gently used sports gear from the local area to help kids get active.

John Randolph Medical Center opened a new 40-bed adult inpatient behavioral health adult inpatient unit at the hospital’s wellness pavilion June 15.

Bon Secours plans to recognize 25 students with autism spectrum disorders or intellectual disabilities for their completion of Project Search, which is a national school-to-work program at four Bon Secours facilities that provides training to those students at healthcare facilities and other businesses.

Bon Secours launched its Redskins Fandemonium contest on June 1, which will run through the end of training camp. Fans are encouraged to share their pre-camp rituals for a chance to be featured on the FedExField video board.

AmpliPhi BioSciences Corp. received current Good Manufacturing Practices certification for producing bacteriophage products for human use. The company’s production facility in Slovenia will start producing the products for planned human trials. AmpliPhi BioSciences develops bacteriophage-based antibacterial therapies to treat drug resistant infections.


In its 40 Under 40 Emerging Leaders Award, M&A Advisor named Keith Prusek and Hugh Rabb, managing directors and co-heads of BB&T Capital Markets’ Logistics and Transportation Group, among the winners in its Dealmakers of the Year category.

The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants recognized 41 members with 2015 Life Member Awards, given to those who have been part of the society for at least 40 continuous years. Only 461 members have received the awards in the society’s 106 years.

The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants was awarded a Capital Award of Merit in the media relations category of the 2015 Virginia Public Relations Awards, sponsored by the Richmond Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.


Gail Waters left and Michele Garrett

Gail Waters (left) and Michele Garrett

Richmond International Airport’s total passenger count in April set an all-time April monthly record with 300,491 total passengers, beating the former record in 2007 of 298,209 passengers.

Real Estate

CBRE|Richmond’s employees collected 1,373 jars of peanut butter for the Chesterfield Colonial Heights Alliance of Social Ministry, nearly triple the collection from the previous year.

Re/Max Commonwealth was named among the nation’s 50 brokerages with the most transaction sides per agent, according to the 2015 Real Trends 500 Survey. The brokerage averaged 21.5 transaction sides per sales associate.

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