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The Veil Brewing Co. hosting fundraiser for Virginia Supportive Housing this Saturday

Michelle Tarpey, one of the knowledgeable staff behind the bar at Veil, is turning 35. To help her celebrate, the Veil Brewing Company is donating 15 percent of sales from 6:00 – 9:00 PM to Virginia Supportive Housing on September 8th.

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There’s no “Veil” of secrecy surrounding the fact that Richmond’s own The Veil Brewing Company, which concocts some of the country’s most coveted and most eccentric brews, represents a burgeoning philanthropic powerhouse in the Richmond community.

On the third Thursday of every month, the popular brewery hosts a new beer release and donates 15 percent of proceeds to a local non-profit. They’ve recently organized events supporting organizations such as HandsOn Greater Richmond, Family Lifeline, and Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now).

This Saturday’s event represents something a little different, but it’s still rooted in the spirit of philanthropy that flows through the Veil Brewing Company just as plentifully as their tasty IPAs flow through their taps.

Michelle Tarpey, one of the knowledgeable staff behind the bar at Veil, is turning 35. To help her celebrate, the Veil Brewing Company is donating 15 percent of sales from 6:00 – 9:00 PM to Virginia Supportive Housing.

Virginia Supportive Housing (VSH), headquartered in Richmond, manages permanent supportive housing properties across Virginia with residents that formerly experienced chronic homelessness. VSH helps their residents with case management services to help them get health care access, secure income, access skill-building programs, and connect them with recovery and mental health service to help recover from substance abuse and receive necessary treatment.

VSH serves more than 1,000 individuals every year and is currently in the process of renovating the first property it ever opened: New Clay House.

Located in Jackson Ward, New Clay House’s construction will be complete in January 2019. The new building will be able to serve twice as many residents in rooms double their previous size and will feature laundry services, a computer lab, and a courtyard.

Leslee Oliver, President of the Virginia Supportive Housing Junior Board of Directors, is very excited about the new project and grateful to Tarpey and The Veil for their generous support.

“Whenever we have the opportunity to get the mission of Virginia Supportive Housing in front of more people in our City, we are so grateful,” Oliver said. “Virginia Supportive Housing is celebrating 30 years in Richmond this year. That’s 30 years of providing permanent housing to formerly homeless individuals and getting closer to ending homelessness in Virginia. [We’re] looking forward to celebrating that at The Veil on September 8th.”

“I am so excited to host a night that will support VSH, such an important organization in our community,” Tarpey added. “I will also be donating my tips for the evening, so I am hoping for a busy night! Let’s drink some beers and raise funds for the amazing work that VSH does.”

Michelle’s 35th Birthday Happy Hour in support of Virginia Supportive Housing takes place this Saturday, September 8th from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM at The Veil Brewing Company in Scott’s Addition.

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The 19th Annual Dog Jog and 5K Run set for March 19-21 with remote and in-person options

Participants can opt to run, walk or jog with their dogs on the official Dog Jog and 5K Run courses at Deep Run Park or to use their own courses in the RaceJoy app and take part from anywhere.

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The Richmond SPCA is remaking the Dog Jog and 5K Run for 2021. The local nonprofit’s signature Spring fundraiser will be presented by Holiday Barn Pet Resorts and take place over three days, March 19 through 21.

Participants can opt to run, walk or jog with their dogs on the official Dog Jog and 5K Run courses at Deep Run Park or to use their own courses in the RaceJoy app and take part from anywhere.

“The way the community comes together in support of homeless animals each year at our Dog Jog and 5K Run demonstrates the compassion and love RVA has for dogs and cats in need,” said Richmond SPCA Chief Executive Officer Tamsen Kingry. “Although the ongoing public health crisis required changes to how it will be held, we wanted to give fans of this event options to participate safely while furthering the lifesaving work they value so much.”

Funds raised by Dog Jog and 5K Run participants will benefit approximately 4,000 homeless animals who will be sheltered at the Richmond SPCA this year as well as the lifesaving programs and services the nonprofit provides for pets and people, including low-cost veterinary care at the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital. The fundraising goal for 2021 is $50,000.

Registration fees for the 19th Annual Dog Jog and 5K Run will include several new and exclusive items to create a fun and interactive self-guided experience for participants and their pets. The first 500 registered participants will receive:

  • A limited-edition Dog Jog and 5K Run cotton short-sleeved T-shirt 
  • A Dog Jog and 5K Run medal and pet tag 
  • A goodie bag filled with gifts from the event’s sponsors 
  • A personal fundraising page to raise donations for pets in need 
  • Free access to the RaceJoy app for race guidance, time tracking, and eligibility for 5K Finisher prizes
  • Through the early-bird registration deadline of February 28, it is $35 to sign up for the one-mile Dog Jog and/or the 5K race, which can be done with or without a dog. Free signup is available for those wishing to fundraise only as “cat nap” participants.  

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Monument Avenue 10K postponed until June, will take place over the course of three days in three locations

In accordance with ongoing public health and safety guidelines associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k presented by Kroger won’t be held as a traditional single-day event on Saturday, March 27, and instead will take place June 3-6, 2021.

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In accordance with ongoing public health and safety guidelines associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k presented by Kroger won’t be held as a traditional single-day event on Saturday, March 27, and instead will take place June 3-6, 2021.

The rescheduled event will be held in a socially-distanced manner over four days at two locations: Byrd Park in the City of Richmond and Dorey Park and the Virginia Capital Trail in Henrico County. Registration is now open, and a virtual option remains in place for participants to take part at a time and location of their choice as well.

In the reimagined event, the two official 10k courses will have a start and finish line, mile markers, directional signage, on-site packet pick up, and a finisher zone, and can be accessed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Thursday, June 3-Sunday, June 6. Timing will be available at both course locations to provide official results for participants. Participants can expect minimal traffic in Byrd Park where roads will be closed at the start and finish lines. Likewise, Dorey Park and the Virginia Capital Trail provide a course free of vehicular traffic. Each course will also have markings for the one-mile Kids Run throughout the event weekend.

“While we are utilizing an event format very similar to the 2020 10k last September with new additions and improvements to enhance the participant experience, we are confident that we can create a celebration of wellness and active living that has made this race one of Richmond’s favorite traditions for more than 20 years,” said Meghan Keogh, Event Director for the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k presented by Kroger. “We feel that having the 10k in a socially-distanced manner over four days at multiple locations is the best way to host the event in 2021 while adhering to health and safety guidelines, and we look forward to returning to the traditional single-day format on Monument Avenue with participants, volunteers, sponsors, and spectators in the future.”

“We are excited about Sports Backers’ plans to hold the 22nd annual Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k on June 3-June 6. While the event this year will be different, the timing seems right to bring people of all ages together in our region to benefit from this healthy outdoor activity,” said Bobby Ukrop, Chief Executive Officer of Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods. “The Sports Backers’ staff will be doing its best to enable this RVA tradition to provide participants with a safe and enjoyable experience.”

Registration for both the June 3-6 event and the virtual option is now available at www.sportsbackers.org, and those who were previously registered for the 2021 event have three options: claim their spot in the rescheduled event, defer their entry into the 2022 event, or opt to receive a credit for another Sports Backers event that will be good through June 30, 2022. The deadline to defer to 2022 or claim a credit for a future event is February 28, and participants can review and select their options at https://www.sportsbackers.org/events/ukrops-monument-avenue-10k/participant-race-options/.Results in the 2021 10k will count towards the event’s Six Point Two Crew loyalty program status.

“We applaud the creative approach to this year’s Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k from Sports Backers and we’re inspired by the continued positivity and determination from the Richmond community,” said Anne Jenkins with Kroger Mid-Atlantic. “Along with all Richmonders, we look forward to celebrating together again in 2022, and until then we’re cheering everyone on from wherever they choose to run their race.”

The YMCA 10k Training Team will once again help participants prepare for the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k presented by Kroger, and the training will begin on Saturday, March 27 at five area YMCA branch locations. To promote health and safety, each location will offer staggered starting times for participants to choose from, with a limit of 25 people per time. Face coverings will be required, and distancing guidelines will be followed during each session.

The 2021 Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k presented by Kroger will also feature the 10k Challenge, which encourages participants to complete a 10k at both official courses between June 3-6. Participants who complete the challenge will earn an exclusive finisher medal and a unique participant item.

Registration for the 2021 Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k presented by Kroger is currently $30 for adults and $20 for youth ages 14 and under, with a price increase set for May 1. 10k Challenge registration is $45 for adults and $25 for youth, also with a May 1 price increase.

Those who participated in the 2020 event will receive $10 off their registration, and details on redemption have been emailed to all 2020 participants. YMCA 10k Training Team registration is $55, with a $10 income-based rate available for anyone who qualifies (https://www.sportsbackers.org/training-team/ymca-10k-training-team/pricing/). Registration for the 10k Kids Run is also available for $15, with a price increase set for May 1.

Additional details from Sports Backers regarding the details of the postponement can be found on our social media accounts including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, as well as through email and at www.sportsbackers.org.

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Family Lifeline’s Choco fundraiser event goes virtual February 4th

The 16th annual Choco airs on Facebook Premiere at 7 p.m. and will feature performances from local musicians and arts organizations, interviews, and more.

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Enjoy your chocolate from home: Family Lifeline’s Choco fundraiser will air virtually on Feb. 4 to keep staff and supporters safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 16th annual Choco airs on Facebook Premiere at 7 p.m. and will feature performances from local musicians and arts organizations, interviews, and more.

The event supports Family Lifeline, a nonprofit that provides intensive, in-home education, wellness, and support services that bring health and hope to Central Virginia’s most vulnerable children, parents, and seniors.

More than 700 guests typically attend the in-person Choco event, which features an array of food and desserts from local chocolatiers and bakeries, and a room-filled with chocolate fondue fountains. To help bring the experience home for 2021, Choco organizers created “House Party Boxes” with ready-to-heat meals featuring treats and samples from local vendors. A variety of box sizes are available from $200-$2,500. The boxes can be safely picked up from noon-5:30 p.m. on Feb. 4 at the Science Museum’s parking lot, which will be decorated to build excitement for the evening’s broadcast.

The event includes an online auction featuring a Kiawah Island, SC getaway, a once in a lifetime flight in a World War II-era Stearman Aircraft plane, a camping package, and more. Family Lifeline also has a “Surprise and Delight” raffle featuring a tower of 16 gifts worth an estimated $4,000. Raffle tickets are $50 or three for $125.

“While we can’t be together in-person, we still have an exciting and engaging Choco Sweet 16 planned for the Richmond community,” said Katina Williams, Family Lifeline’s President and CEO. “We’re thankful for all the volunteers, performers, and auction artists and vendors who donated their time and talent to make this year’s fundraiser a reality. Family Lifeline is committed to addressing disparities and advancing equity in our community by partnering with local families to promote positive change and family resiliency. Our Choco fundraiser helps us fund this critical work.”

The Feb. 4 event will include performances by some of Richmond’s favorite artists — vocalist Desirée Roots, aerialist Host of Sparrows, the Latin Ballet of Virginia, SPARC, the Richmond Triangle Players, and jazz musician James Gates.

“We wanted Choco to honor our many local artists and food service vendors who, like the families we serve, have been impacted greatly by the pandemic,” Williams added. “Choco gives them the opportunity to support our community and grow their visibility. We’re incredibly grateful for their support.”

CBS-6’s Virginia This Morning co-host Jessica Noll will emcee the event.

For more information, visit www.familylifeline.org.

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