Newsbites: Noteworthy tidbits for Feb. 23, 2016

Nonprofits

Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond, a regional school readiness initiative, recently received a $180,000 grant from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation. The funds will benefit early learning opportunities for Richmond children.

Smart Beginnings

Smart Beginnings

The YWCA has announced this year’s Outstanding Women Awards honorees, which include Hope Armstrong Erb of the Greater Richmond Children’s Choir; Lakshmi Challa of Challa Law Offices; Nancy W. Davies of Orchard House School; Toni Ardabell of Bon Secours Richmond Health System; Heidi Abbott of Hunton & Williams; Margaret Nimmo Crowe of Voices for Virginia’s Children; Carol Ann Olson of Virginia Center for Public Press and WRIR-LP 97.3 FM Richmond Independent Radio; Julie Bilodeau of CrossOver Ministry; and Susan Meyers of Jewish Community Federation of Richmond.

The YMCA has launched a new nationwide multimedia marketing campaign, entitled For a Better Us, designed to educate consumers on the Y’s work. This is the first time in the organization’s history that it has done a nationwide campaign.

The Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity and Bank of America welcomed their first homeowner of 2016, Fredrica “Penny” Wright and her two daughters, into her new home.

The Greater Richmond Partnership has raised more than $1.1 million in private sector fundraising to pay for company recruitment, regional marketing and business retention. The partnership was also recently listed among the “American Leading EDC’s” by Global Trade magazine.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention recently honored its one-year-old Virginia chapter with the “Outstanding First Year Chapter” award.

On Thursday the Richmond SPCA will host a grand opening for its new Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital, which opened Jan. 28.

Real estate

Zip Realty joins Napier ERA

Zip Realty joins Napier ERA

Chesterfield County’s Hallsley community was awarded the Best Community Spirit “Silver” Award and a Judges’ Special Award from the National Association of Home Builders for its Massey Street of Hope program. The program raised $1 million for the VCU Massey Cancer Center.

At its annual awards banquet, Colliers International Group, Inc. recognized locally-based Senior Vice President Loretta Cataldi as among the company’s top performers for 2015.

More than 33 former Zip Realty Residential Brokerage agents have joined Napier Realtors ERA, a residential real estate brokerage serving Richmond. The 33 former ZipRealty professionals will now operate as part of Napier.

Lancaster Custom Builder has partnered with Homes of Distinction and Channel 8 to have its newly-built home available for tour to benefit Noah’s Children, a pediatric palliative care and hospice program.

Healthcare

Bon Secours has recently launched Bon Secours 24/7, a telehealth app providing access to the health system’s medical group physicians 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with no appointments necessary.

babies

National Wear Red Day. Photo by Doug Buerlein.

The Virginia Dental Association Foundation recently received a $10,000 grant from DentaQuest to support its Mission of Mercy program. Mission of Mercy is a mobile dental project targeting underserved areas of the state.

In early February Bon Secours’ St. Mary’s Hospital dressed their newborns in hand-woven red caps for the American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day, which is aimed at raising heart disease awareness.

Commonwealth Assisted Living in Chesterfield held a virtual dementia training program, which simulates the most common side effects of dementia, giving participants a first-hand feel for what it feels like to have the disease.

Auctions

Motleys Asset Disposition Group of Richmond was honored with three awards at the Virginia Auctioneers Association Advertising and Photo Awards Reception in early January. Motleys earned three first place awards in the photo competition and seven first places awards in the advertising category.

Food

In early February, local restaurateur Tuffy Stone travelled to Sydney, Australia to teach his Cool Smoke BBQ class and host a demo and meet and greet at Sydney’s food and music festival, Meatstock.

Tuffy Stone’s Q Barbecue is launching a new giving campaign in March, Crafts for a Cause, during which one dollar of every local craft beer sold at any Q Barbecue location will be donated to Comfort Zone Camp, a nonprofit aimed at rehabilitating the lives of children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver.

Law

Two Vandeventer Black LLP attorneys, Arlene F. Klinedinst and James C. Cosby, were selected by the Virginia Law Foundation to its Fellows Class of 2016.

Local business

Virginia Business Systems was named one of the country’s Elite Dealers for 2015 by ENX Magazine. The annual award is presented to the top office equipment dealers in the U.S.

Draper Aden Associates and Sterling Bilder LLC’s East End Theater project was recently honored with the Pinnacle Award by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia.

Snagajob recently completed a $100 million investment raise with NewSpring Capital and the Invus Group. Those funds will be used to expand product offerings and fund acquisitions. The business has also launched a partnership with LinkedIn that will be centered on joint research into workforce and career trends.

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