NewsBites: Noteworthy tidbits for July 21, 2015

Correction: A previous version of this post incorrectly stated that applications for Robins Foundation’s were due Aug. Applications open Aug. 1 with a deadline of Sept. 1. 

Environment

The Virginia Environment Endowment gave the Capital Region Land Conservancy a $10,000 grant in support of the Our Land and Water program, which provides strategic conservation in the middle James River watershed.

The Luck Companies Foundation provided $5,000 to the Capital Region Land Conservancy to support the Our Land and Water program.

Marketing

Commonwealth Public Relations was given three awards from the Richmond Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, including the Award of Excellence in the Campaigns and Tactics categories, as well as an Award of Merit in the Tactics category.

The Public Relations Society of America, Richmond Chapter awarded video producer Eric Futterman with the “External Video” award for his centennial document “Crossing the Brook: 100 Years of Excellence in Christian Education.”

Hyatt House was the recipient of the 2015 Best of Richmond Award in the Lodging category by the Richmond Award Program, which recognizes companies that have achieved “exceptional marketing success.”

Jamie Younger

Jamie Younger

Real Estate

Jamie Younger, a sales associate with Long & Foster company Virginia Properties, earned the Certified Residential Specialist designation.

Education

VCU’s Institute for Contemporary Art received a $1 million donation from Patsy K. Pettus on behalf of her late husband Hunter R. Pettus. To note the gift, the Grand Stairwell in the ICA will be named after the couple.

Union Presbyterian Seminary received a $300,000 challenge grant from the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation to help it complete the Syngman Rhee Global Mission Center for Christian Education.

University of Richmond was selected as one of The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For.” This was the first year the university received the honor.

Businesses

The Chesterfield Towne Center will host Adventure to Santa – a DreamWorks DreamPlace during the 2015 holiday season. The experience is meant to immerse the entire family in an interactive journey to the North Pole.

Team Henry, a multi-discipline contracting firm, was awarded a design-bid-build contract for Marin Corps Installations East projects. Team Henry’s Southeast Division was one of six companies to receive $90 million multiple award contracts.

Ledbury partnered with American Express as part of the credit card company’s launch of Amex Express Checkout, a new online feature. Ledbury’s online customers can now check out using an American Express login.

North South 804 Apps has been hired by the One Love Foundation to create an application that will help students join the “Yards4Yeardley” initiative, a student-inspired campaign to raise awareness about relationship violence.

Firebirds in Short Pump participated in Alex’s Lemonade Days fundraiser between June 12 and June 14.

Firebirds in Short Pump participated in Alex’s Lemonade Days fundraiser between June 12 and June 14.

Nonprofits

Firebirds Wood Fire Grill raised more than $100,000 for pediatric cancer research last week through its participation in the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s Alex’s Lemonade Days. The restaurant has also donated about $500,000 to ALSF by providing the organization with $1 per every glass of lemonade ordered in its restaurants.

The Cameron Foundation has approved $1.9 million in new grant funds to nonprofit organizations in the Petersburg tri-city area. $275,000 went to Virginia’s Gateway Region.

The Virginia Home for Boys and Girls raised over $35,000 during its 26th annual VHBG Golf Classic Tournament, during which 27 teams participated to raise money to support the organization.

Dixon Hughes Goodman employees at FeedMore.

Dixon Hughes Goodman employees at FeedMore.

Applications open Aug. 1 for the Robins Foundation’s $500,000 Community Innovation Grant, a grant that goes to collaborative projects that test new ways to tackle the region’s biggest issues. The deadline is Sept. 1.

Dixon Hughes Goodman donated 270,875 pounds of food to communities it serves across 12 states, including Richmond, where employees donated 5,600 cans of food to the Central Virginia Food Bank (FeedMore) and 2,400 cans to the Chesterfield Food Bank.

Horticulture

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Horticulture Director Grace Chapman was elected to the American Public Gardens Association board.

Finance

George P. Kite III, Call Federal’s CFO, was recognized by Virginia Business as one of Virginia’s top CFOs in the small nonprofit organization category.

Signature Family Wealth Advisors was included in CNBC’s 2014 “Top 100 Fee-Only Wealth Management” list. The company has offices in Richmond, Charlottesville and Hampton Roads.

Architecture

The American Institutes of Architects has changed its name to AIA Virginia, following approval from membership and the Board of Directors.

The Virginia Center for Architecture has changed its name to The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design. The museum is located at 2501 Monument Ave. in the Fan District.

Law

Vandeventer Black LLP’s William E. Franczek was selected as the Senior Statesman and Eminent Practitioner and ranked as a Leader in the Field in the 2015 Chamber & Partners, Chambers USA Guide. Franczek was one of three lawyers in Virginia to be recognized.

Daniel Siegel of Sands Anderson was awarded the Distinguished Community Service Award from the Jewish Communication Federation of Richmond.

Gerry Albanese

Gerry Albanese

Healthcare

Executive Vice President and Chief Underwriting Officer for the Markel Association, Gerald “Gerry” Albanese, was selected to chair the American Heart Association’s 2015 Richmond Heart Walk on Oct. 10.

Marilyn & Michelle, a startup that develops products for breast cancer patients and women with breast-related issues, is expanding east to sell in Newport News and Virginia Beach, in addition to its Richmond stores.

Rebecca Kuper (center) from M&T Bank’s Atlee branch, along with Cecilia Hodges , M&T Bank president of the Central and Southern Virginia market (right), presents a $12,500 check to Michelle McLees of the American Heart Association at the Richmond Flying Squirrels game on July 7th.

From left: Michelle McLees of the American Heart Association, Rebecca Kuper from M&T Bank’s Atlee branch, and Cecilia Hodges, M&T Bank president of the Central and Southern Virginia market, at the Richmond Flying Squirrels game on July 7.

M&T Bank of Central Virginia provided the local American Heart Association with a $12,500 donation to help the branch in its efforts to raise funds and awareness for heart diseases and stroke.

On June 27, Bon Secours hosted a community men’s health awareness event at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. Men of all ages were welcomed to attend and “check their health.”

Get Movin’ Sports Camp takes place this week as part of Bon Secours healthy kids initiative for 50 rising fourth, fifth and sixth graders from East End schools.

Bon Secours was recognized by the Senate Special Committee on Aging for its programing for older workers. The health system was welcomed to testify before the committee on a hearing titled “Work in Retirement: Career Reinventions and the New Retirement Workscape.”

Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital recently received several designations, including: Becker’s Hospital Review’s “100 hospitals and health systems with great heart programs;” the Society of Thoracic Surgeons’ “3 Star” rating; a CareChex ranking of No. 1 in Cardiac Surgery-Major in Virginia in 2014, as well as a No. 3 Cardiac Surgery-Major in 2014; U.S. News & World Report included St. Mary’s among the nation’s best in five critical-care procedures and conditions; and the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation’s Get With the Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award.

St. Mary’s Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

Bon Secours Richmond Community Hospital was awarded the Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award and the Heart Failure Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center was awarded the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award; the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation’s Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award; and the American Heart Association’s Resuscitation Gold Award.

Bon Secours Rappahannock General Hospital was awarded the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award and the Target: Stroke Honor Roll.

Marc Katz

Marc Katz

Bon Secours Heart & Vascular Institute’s Chief Medical Officer Marc Katz was the principal investigator in the first retrospective study on quality outcomes for patients implanted with a left ventricular assist device, a mechanical pump that is implanted in the chest to help the heart circulate blood.

The Bon Secours Health System won the Virginia Center for Health Innovation’s 2015 Game Changer in Employee Health Award.

The Bon Secours Cancer Institute received certification from the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative Certification Program.

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