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Richmond Cycling Corps’ Craig Dodson featured as a CNN Hero

It’s more than just an honor–with your help and vote it could result in a $100,000 donation.

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The focus of  Church Hill based Richmond Cycling Corps is to get kids, all considered at-risk, into competitive cycling. It’s not as simple as providing bikes and a little coaching. The kids in this program have challenges that many of us can’t even imagine. Their motto of “Can’t Stop. Won’t Stop” resonates through everything the program does and teaches.

Craig Dodson and his crew work tirelessly to provide an opportunity for students that most of Richmond don’t know about or actively ignore. If you want to get an idea of what they do on a daily basis, follow Richmond Cycling Corps on Facebook. This is but one example of what they do.

What does RCC’s ‘Tough Love’ look like? It looks like Matt Kuhn driving (while still dark out) into Creighton Court, waking you up at 630am, taking you running, then having you move loads of dirt at the Armstrong Bike Park “Rocky” style, before school– because you were (again) running the halls of Armstrong High yesterday. If the traditional educational environment isn’t ‘your thing,’ then we’ll make sure that a traditional work-ethic and accountability is ‘your thing.’ We will not give up on the hardest working kid RCC has ever had in seven years (who also got his best race result to date on Sunday!).

The CNN Heroes program has taken note of Craig’s work and earlier this summer he was selected as a CNN Hero or in their words. “extraordinary people doing extraordinary things to change the world.”

Craig has been selected as one of the ten finalists. Each of these heroes will receive a $10,000 cash prize. One of the 10 will be named “CNN Hero of the Year” and receive an additional $100,000 for his or her cause. The winner will announced December 11th as part of a  “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” which will be broadcast on CNN.

Craig Dodson from his CNN Heroes story:

“We’re luring them in with a bike — but (it’s) not about giving kids positive life experiences through bikes,” said Dodson, who started the program in 2010. “Our job is to get them out of public housing.”

Dodson and two other Richmond Cycling Corps employees do everything they can to make sure their students have no excuses to fail.

Image Credit: CNN

Image Credit: CNN

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Bookbinder’s Brings you Mac & Cheese on Another Level with BIGWIFE’S Pop-Up

This isn’t your typical mom’s mac & cheese. If your mom makes mac & cheese like this we would like to be adopted.

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Old Original Bookbinder’s Seafood & Steakhouse has launched a new experimental pop-up concept focusing exclusively on macaroni and cheese. BIGWIFE’S Mac & Cheese is operating for delivery and carryout from the Bookbinder’s kitchen.

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Old Original Bookbinder’s is located at 2306 E Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23223.

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City of Richmond declares State of Emergency due to “credible threats” related to planned protests

The city’s declaration opens up funds for emergency use and was voted into effect unanimously by City Council Monday evening.

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The City of Richmond and Mayor Levar Stoney’s administration has declared a State of Emergency for the city due to what officials call “credible threats” of violence related to planned protests leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20th.

The declaration follows Governor Ralph Northam’s declaration of a statewide State of Emergency, which allowed the administration to send National Guard troops and State Troopers to Washington, D.C. to help with security, logistics, and other immediate needs following the insurrection at the Capitol last week.

The city’s declaration opens up funds for emergency use and was voted into effect unanimously by City Council Monday evening.

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Family of local freight and transportation company makes $2 million donation to children’s hospital construction project

The Children’s Hospital Foundation’s matching campaign effectively will double the gift to $4 million.

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A local freight and transportation provider has made a major gift towards the construction of the forthcoming Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU expansion. In addition to the company’s gift of $150,000, Estes family members committed $1.85 million to support the Wonder Tower, the new home for Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s inpatient, emergency, and trauma services.

The two donations from Estes Express Lines and the Estes family were matched by the Children’s Hospital Foundation, maximizing the total investment in the Wonder Tower to $4 million. As part of the capital campaign to raise $100 million, the foundation is matching the first $25 million in gifts from the community.

“The support of Estes Express Lines and the Estes family is extremely meaningful. We’re grateful they’ve added their voice and support to our mission to build a world-class pediatric hospital in Richmond,” said Lauren Moore, president and chief executive officer of Children’s Hospital Foundation. “They’re truly a values-focused company and family, and their gifts reflect the importance they place on protecting children and their childhoods.”

“We are a family-owned business that’s had the honor of working with thousands of Richmond-area families for nearly 90 years,” said Rob Estes, president and CEO of Estes Express Lines. “Children deserve the best possible medical care when they need it, and we’re proud to support Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, as a company, and as a family.”

As part of the donation, some areas of the Wonder Tower will be named in honor of Estes, including the hospital’s loading dock, a nod to their work as a freight carrier business. The gift includes additional recognition of the family’s generosity throughout the building.

Once complete in spring 2023, the Wonder Tower will bring world-class pediatric facilities to Central Virginia. Located in downtown Richmond, the 16-story tower will be home to CHoR’s Level 1 pediatric trauma center, emergency room, inpatient units, new operating rooms, increased imaging capacity, and family amenities — all in an environment created just for kids and their loved ones.

“The children’s tower is being built for and by our community thanks to generous friends like the Estes,” said Elias Neujahr, CEO of CHoR. “It will be a beacon of hope for kids and families across the Commonwealth while helping us attract and retain top talent so our children have access to be the best care, close to home.”

In 2021, Estes Express Lines will celebrate its 90th anniversary as CHoR finishes its centennial year. “Let’s all come together to support the Wonder Tower, a special place where all families and children can receive exceptional pediatric care, right here in Richmond,” said Estes.

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