Newsbites: Noteworthy tidbits for Nov. 17, 2015

Nine Doors

Find Art Doors auction


Virginia Supportive Housing and Art on Wheels hosted a celebration and auction for their Find Art Doors public art installation, which consisted of painted doors salvaged from the renovation of one of Virginia Supportive Housing’s local apartment communities. The event raised $42,000.

The Greater Richmond ARC, which serves individuals with developmental disabilities, assembled about 18,000 runners’ packets for the Anthem Richmond Marathon, which took place Nov. 14.

The Doorways was awarded a finalist distinction for its marketing materials from the Healthcare Hospitality Network Inc. as part of the annual Best of HHN competition.

The Doorways announced its first officers for its new Young Professionals Council, started earlier this year, including Britt Smith of Big River Advertising Agency; attorney Casey Coleman; Rebecca Holloway of VCU Center for Human-Animal Interaction; Matt Williams of Heritage Wealth; Juliana Comer of Richmond Region Tourism; and Angela Neiman of Main Street Law Offices.

Savor 2015, an annual event held at The Jefferson Hotel, raised $304,077 to benefit The Doorways. Funds will be used to provide lodging, meals and other support services to individuals and families in medical crisis.

Students shave

Teacher Chris Maher gets his hair cut by students.

GreenDrop held a grand opening for its 6919 Patterson Ave. donation center last month. The organization collects lightly used clothing, electronics and household goods for national charities.

Performance Food Group donated more than 750 personal computers to the Tech for Troops Project, a Richmond-based nonprofit that refurbishes computer equipment for veterans in Central Virginia.

Students at St. Edward-Epiphany School shaved the head of their teacher, Chris Maher, in support of the Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s. They raised close to $8,000.

The 2015 Massey Street of Hope raised more than $675,000 for the VCU Massey Cancer Center, which will receive a $1 million donation with eligible matching grant funds. The donation is a combination of sponsorships, ticket sales, the sale of the Home of Hope, special events and a matching grant of $375,000. Hallsley developer East West Communities coordinated the event, which was held in the Midlothian community in September and featured homes from Biringer Builders, Falcone Custom Homes, Homesmith Construction, Main Street Homes, Perkinson Homes, Ray Williams Custom Homes and Youngblood Properties.

Hollywood Cemetery has broken ground on the first of three James River overlooks, designed by Van Yahres Studio and supported by the Dominion Foundation and the James River Garden Club.

Samantha Halle, VCU Brandcenter student and winner of the annual Spurrier Media Group scholarship; Donna Spurrier, CEO of Spurrier Media Group; and Caley Cantrell, professor at VCU Brandcenter.

From left: Samantha Halle, VCU Brandcenter student and winner of the annual Spurrier Media Group scholarship; Donna Spurrier, CEO of Spurrier Media Group; and Caley Cantrell, professor at VCU Brandcenter.


This year, Spurrier Media Group awarded its annual $5,000 scholarship to Samantha Halle, a second-year student atVCU Brandcenter.

Henrico High Schools’ Center for the Arts, a specialty center for theater, dance, musical theater and visual arts, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.


McGuireWoods LLP and McGuireWoods Consulting were listed as one of the top 50 lobbying shops in the country in 2015 by the National Law Journal in its annual survey of the lobbying industry. McGuireWoods Consulting was 15th on the list with a gross revenue of more than $31 million.

Buddy Allen

Buddy Allen

LeClairRyan was recognized in the 2016 edition of Benchmark: Litigation as a “Highly Recommended” firm in Virginia, and eight of its attorneys were recognized as “Local Litigation Stars” in their individual practices.

LeClairRyan was named one of the Best Law Firms for 2016 by a U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers listing.

LeClairRyan’s Everette G. “Buddy” Allen was chosen to serve as outside general counsel at Randolph-Macon College, serving the college on various legal and operational issues.

Williams Mullen’s Allison Domson has taken over as the chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee, which aims to further the firm’s corporate culture as one of inclusion.


Snagajob was named by Great Places To Work as one of the best small and medium workplaces in the United States. The list is published by Fortune magazine. This is the eighth consecutive year that the company has been recognized for its workplace culture.

DHG accepts its Young Professional Workplace Award.

DHG accepts its Young Professional Workplace Award.

Luck Stone, a Richmond-based division of Luck Cos., has launched Luck Ecosystems, a business dedicated to improving the environment. The business transforms raw materials like soil and sand to improve sports fields, support plant growth and naturally filter storm water.

The Great Richmond Chamber awarded its 2015 Impact Awards to the Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and Luck Cos. Workshop Digital and Dixon Hughes Goodman won the Young Professionals Workplace Awards, and Risk Based Security Inc. and Capital One won the Innovation Award.

Glen Allen-based Keiter was awarded the 2015 Edge Award for Best Marketing Initiative in a niche area by LEA Global, an international association of accounting firms. The firm was recognized for its EmergingRVA program, aimed at educating and advising emerging companies through their next stages of growth.

Midlothian-based Stewart Moving & Storage was named Moving Supplier of the Year for Military Services by ABF Logistics, an ArcBest company, at its second annual ABF Logistics Supplier Conference.

Local firm Gresham, Smith and Partners has won first place in the government category of the 2015 Interior Design Excellence Awards for designs related to the main terminal modernization and expanded security screening area at Norfolk International Airport.


Design 2015: A Retrospective of Winning Work will be on display at the Branch Museum for Architecture and Design until Jan. 3, 2016. The exhibit includes recognized pieces of architecture, interior design and preservation projects by mid-Atlantic architects and designers.

Neathawk Dubuque & Packett won four Summit Awards from the Blue Ridge Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America for excellence in public relations due to work it did on behalf of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Douglas Wallace

Douglas Wallace

Real Estate

Douglas Wallace, a sales agent in Long & Foster Real Estate’s Grove Avenue office, was inducted into the fraternity Omega Tau Rho by the Richmond Association of Realtors.


Cool Smoke BBQ’s team, led by Tuffy Stone and his father George, won the Grand Champion title at the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue last month.


The fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries and infections, recognized six HCA Virginia hospitals with an “A” grade, including Henrico Doctors’, Johnston-Willis, Parham Doctors’ and Retreat Doctors’ hospitals and the John Randolph Medical Center.

Henrico Doctors’ Hospital was recognized as one of the nation’s 100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs by Becker’s Hospital Review.

The Southside Health Education Foundation will recognize four individuals at its eighth annual Wine & Dine at the Jefferson Hotel later this month, including: Thomas and Ellen Lee, longtime supporters of SHEF; Kiana Kimber, a registered nurse; and Suzan Marshall, who assisted SHEF in developing and implementing its Southside Health Careers Exploring Program.

The Medarva Foundation awarded VCU researchers Daniel H. Coehlo and Richard M. Costanzo a $693,000 grant to continue research and developing the use of electrodes to stimulate and restore sensory receptors in patients who have lost their sense of smell.


“Party on the Avenues”


The Westhampton branch of Chesapeake Bank will auction local artist Emily Herr’s “Party on the Avenues” mural through Dec. 1 in an effort to raise awareness and funds for the Evelyn D. Reinhart Guest House, which serves families of patients at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital.

Human Resources

Titan Group, a division of Gallagher Benefits Services and Richmond Society of Human Resource Management, recognized Laura Schwertz of McKesson Medical Surgical and Dena Wengert of Williams Mullen as outstanding Human Resources practitioners. The award includes a $2,500 education grant for continuing education in the HR profession.

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