Newsbites: Noteworthy tidbits for 3.22.16


Vandeventer Black raised $16,870 for the United Way of South Hampton Roads for the organization’s 2015 Annual Giving Campaign.

The Cameron K. Gallagher foundation launched its first annual SpeakUp Lightup fundraiser. The event, held in late February, raised over $80,000 for local teenagers.

Family Lifeline recently launched their new website, with a modern look with a user-friendly interface. Impact Makers helped create the website pro bono, providing 514 volunteer hours and $56,000 worth of investment over 10 months.

The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation elected Jeff Novak to its board. Novak is the vice president of public policy and chief litigation and compliance counsel for AOL in Dulles, Virginia.

The Better Housing Coalition is currently accepting nominees for its 2016 Golden Hammer Awards, which goes to those who have thoughtfully contributed to revitalization of Richmond’s neighborhoods. The award has four categories: Best Single-Family Residential Renovation; Best Adaptive Reuse Program, small or large; Best New Construction; and Best Placemaking Project.

Real estate

NAI Global was ranked fourth in the 2016 Lipsey Survey of Top 25 Commercial Real Estate Brands among 25 other companies.

Local companies

Tim Dudley of SVN Motleys was awarded his third consecutive SVN Partners Circle award as an international top performer. Dudley handled the $37.5 million sale of the River City Renaissance Properties last year.

Creative Digital was named one of the 2016 Best Places to Work in Virginia, which is based on a statewide survey and made up of 100 companies.

Capital One held its 12th annual Future Leaders Forum for Young Women at the company’s West Creek Town Center in late March, welcoming about 300 young women in grades 9-12 from 50 area high schools.


The University of Richmond’s Seed Accelerator Rankings Project helped name the top winners in the 2016 annual Seed Accelerator Rankings at South by Southwest.

UMFS’ Charterhouse School has partnered with Ironclad Coffee Roasters in Scott’s Addition to start a Coffee Cart Café, which will serve over 100 faculty and staff on UMFS’ campus. The school works with children with autism and other neurological differences and emotional challenges.

Southern Smash held a SMASHing event at VCU in late March in which it encouraged the public to smash scales in order to spread awareness of eating disorders and to empower women.


VCU Health was awarded a 2016 Vista Award for the execution and completion of its renovated, 67,000-square-foot Department of Emergency Medicine by the American Society of Healthcare Engineering.

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