Newsbites: Noteworthy tidbits for 8.16.16


The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter elected its 2016-2017 board leadership. They include: President Katie Hamann of Door to Door Solutions; and Vice President Selena Sanderson of Growth by Design. The board also appointed Lynn Seward of Community Advocate; and Lisette Carbajal of the Governor’s office to two-year terms.

Christian Largo was named to the United States Paralympic Powerlifting Team. Largo, 17, has been a Sportable athlete for over 10 years.

Area companies

Hourigan Construction, Perretz & Young and Draper Aden Associates were recognized as winners for Engineering News-Record’s Mid-Atlantic Best Projects 2016 awards. The team was honored for its work on the new Stone Brewing facility in Richmond. The project will be honored at an awards presentation on Nov. 1 in Baltimore.

Crystal Allen of Richmond-based Trust Mortgage was included in Mortgage Professional America’s 2016 Young Guns list. The list recognizes professionals under the age of 35 for their innovative work in mortgage industry.

Denise Togger, the investment program manager at Union Investment Services, was named one of Bank Investment Consultant magazine’s Top 20 Program Managers of 2016.


The Disability Rights Museum on Wheels display was hosted by Capital One.

Capital One hosted the Disability Rights Museum on Wheels display as part of the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act signing.

Todd Strassner was named store manager of Wegman’s Short Pump location. James Orr, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, will serve as the store’s executive chef.

Anthony J. Gambardella Jr. and Guy T. Tripp III were awarded the Virginia Bar Association’s William B. Spong, Jr., Professionalism Award. The association also presented its 2016 Summer Meeting Award to Marshall M. Curtis.

Working Mother magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers chose McGuireWoods as one of 2016’s “Best Law Firms for Women.” McGuire Woods operates a division in downtown Richmond.

Michael Thaler, co-founder and managing partner of Richmond-based Equity Concepts, was honored for his philanthropic excellence in the 10th annual Invest in Others Community Leadership Awards.

Richmond-based Elephant Auto Insurance was the supporting sponsor of the Richmond Kickers July 16 soccer match against Swansea City AFC of the English Premier League.

Business First Greater Richmond named Michael Flagg the 2016 Volunteer of the Year at an appreciation event in June. Flagg, who serves as the co-chair of the Henrico Business First team, interviewed 19 businesses this year doubling the individual goal set for volunteers.

The VDAF received $45,000 from two donations.

The VDAF received $45,000 from two donations.


Two long-term and post-acute care centers in metro Richmond were recognized with the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living. Those centers are: The Towers in Richmond, and River View on the Appomattox Health & Rehab in Hopewell.

The Virginia Dental Association Foundation received a $25,000 grant from The Jenkins Foundation; and a $20,000 grant from the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation. All proceeds will support the group’s Donated Dental Services program in the Richmond area.

The Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation awarded the American Diabetes Association a grant to bring diabetes education to high risk communities in Central Virginia and the Tri-Cities.

Real Estate

The 2016 Richmond Homearama, held June 4-19 at Hallsley, broke all previous attendance records for the event over the past 20 years with 22,094 attendees. The annual event is presented by the Home Building Association of Richmond.


Performance Food Group Company presented Stratford University $10,000 to provide scholarships for the university’s culinary program in Glen Allen. The university will award 10, $1,000 scholarships to culinary students selected by a scholarship committee this fall.

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