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Boys & Girls Clubs unveils plans to transform former Eastlawn shopping center into Teen Center

Punctuating a successful $25 million capital campaign, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond announced today that it is converting the old Eastlawn Shopping Center in the city’s East End into an expansive teen-centric center that will incorporate a variety of programs and activities that help teens effectively transition to continuing their education beyond high school and/or undertaking careers. 

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Punctuating a successful $25 million capital campaign, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond announced today that it is converting the old Eastlawn Shopping Center in the city’s East End into an expansive teen-centric center that will incorporate a variety of programs and activities that help teens effectively transition to continuing their education beyond high school and/or undertaking careers.

The 16,000-square-foot facility is expected to open in spring 2021. An adjacent space of similar size will serve as a collaborative venue housing resources (e.g. career training and counseling, mental health services, college prep) from other organizations throughout the Greater Richmond community.

“This space represents the tangible culmination of our vision for how we can best serve the needs of our community’s underserved teen population,” said Todd McFarlane, president & chief executive officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond. “The facility will help guide teens into adulthood, putting them on a trajectory toward healthier, more connected and thriving futures.”

“Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond has a long and successful history of supporting young people and ultimately changing lives,” said Austin Brockenbrough, III, Co-Chair of the Create New Statistics Campaign. “We are excited to transform the Eastlawn site to further expand our services to teenagers and young adults. We are incredibly grateful for all of the philanthropic support we have received from the Richmond community.”

Boys & Girls Clubs purchased the former Eastlawn Shopping center at the intersection of Nine Mile Road and Creighton Roads from the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority last year.  Its purchase was made possible in large part of the Clubs’ Creating New Statistics Campaign, which raised more than $25 million to help the organization advance its mission in three areas: creating teen-dedicated facilities, capacity building, and program support.

“Research and experience tell us that young people who enter high school with strong adult relationships that continue throughout their high school years are five times more likely to stay

on track toward leading productive lives,” McFarlane said. “This center will help improve the odds for the youth in this community by fostering these kinds of relationships and providing a support system for healthy development.”

“In February 2017, we made a five-year, $1 million pledge to Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond because of their commitment to transformational social, educational and community outcomes for children,” said Kelly Chopus, President & CEO of the Robins Foundation. “It’s clear this commitment was the right choice, and we are thrilled to see the positive impact this center is going to have on so many young people throughout greater Richmond.”

The facility will provide complementary services to existing Boys & Girls Clubs’ activities.

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Restaurant employee fundraisers you can donate to right now

It’s tough out there right now for those in the service industry. With dining rooms closed and restaurants trying to stay afloat by getting creative with takeout, delivery, and other endeavors, employees without much of a safety net are hurting. Below are all of the employee fundraisers we’ve seen floating around that you can donate to right now and make a difference.

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It’s tough out there right now for those in the service industry. With dining rooms closed and restaurants trying to stay afloat by getting creative with takeout, delivery, and other endeavors, employees without much of a safety net are hurting. Below are all of the employee fundraisers we’ve seen floating around that you can donate to right now and make a difference.

Another way you can make a difference is to donate to The Holli Fund. I (Trevor) was one of a handful of folks asked to host a virtual happy hour last week (embedded at the bottom of the post). This is an application- and need-based fund that gives grants to folks in both the front and back of house at restaurants and breweries across the area. The fund has done transformational things like paid folks’ mortgages, car payments, and fulfilled other important needs. You can learn more here and donate by texting “DONATE” and your amount (i.e. DONATE $5) to 805-518-8333.

Also check out our ongoing list of restaurants offering delivery and takeout, the coronavirus support list, and all of our COVID-19 coverage here. While we’re at it, we could use your support right now, too. RVAHub is a labor of love for both Richard Hayes and I, and we’re doing our best to keep the public up to date on important news and updates. With our ad network suspended, we’re running the site at a loss currently. It would mean the world to us if you were able to spare a couple o’ bucks and chip in to our cause. We’d love you for it.




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Information on donating to The Holli Fund

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OPINION: Legislators, we need you to be leaders

“We are the businesses that drive the economy. I call on you now to see past your campaign contributors, fundraising sponsors, and lobbyists and start representing the voters of this country. Do not fail us again.”

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By Phillip Ray

My name is Phillip Ray. Together with my brother, Chris, I own and operate Center of the Universe Brewing Company and Origin Beer Lab located in Ashland, Virginia. My brother and I rely on the staff of our small business for our livelihoods and they rely on us for theirs. We made a deal with them: they trade us their most precious commodity, their time; and in return, we offer them a safe and reliable place to work, a benefits package that provides health care in case of illness, a savings plan for their futures, a fair livable wage and a comfortable work-life balance. This week we are forced to break that deal.

This is by no means the first time our small business has faced hardships, but this is an unprecedented situation – one which I do not believe we can survive without your help. We have lost two of the three markets where our goods are sold and our revenues have been cut by 70% because of this. I am writing today to ask for your help. I am asking for you to help not just our business, but the 30 million small businesses in this country who are suffering.

Now is the time to help the workers in this country who contribute the most to the economy and receive the least amount of remuneration for their efforts. Now is not the time to send multibillion-dollar bailout packages to multibillion-dollar corporations. Those companies received their bailouts in 2018 with the historic corporate tax cut you voted into law. The result of that bailout was not improved salaries, increased benefits packages, or even a safety net for workers or the companies themselves. Instead, the corporations you bailed out participated in record stock buybacks and paid massive dividends to their shareholders. They used their bailouts for the benefit of a few wealthy stakeholders. Now, when crisis hits, they want you to use taxpayer money to bail them out again.

This is the definition of privatizing profits and socializing losses. For far too long, this country has asked the most financially vulnerable among us to bear the brunt of the fiscal pain when disaster strikes and reap the fewest rewards when the economy is booming. This crisis has proven to be no exception.

Small businesses in this country are often inefficient and ours is no exception. This inefficiency is exactly what keeps the economy moving. We spend the majority of our budgets on human power and earn razor-thin margins. Our revenues do not sit in our checking accounts or investment accounts or in our own stock ownership. We do not have executive payrolls or massive lobbying budgets. We earn and spend our money locally, benefiting the greater economy not just our own.

We are the businesses that drive the economy. I call on you now to see past your campaign contributors, fundraising sponsors, and lobbyists and start representing the voters of this country. Do not fail us again.

Pass legislation that immediately puts money into the hands of small businesses and working Americans. Pass legislation that guarantees every American access to health care. Pass legislation guaranteeing all Americans with a full-time job can support their families. Pass legislation that protects every American during times of crisis. I call on you to pass these laws and to pass them today. This is the deal you made with the American people when you asked for our votes. Now is the time to honor that deal.

Faithfully,

Phillip Ray
Co-Founder, Center of the Universe Brewing Company & Origin Beer Lab

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SOAR365’s Ladybug Fund Fundraiser for Children and Youth with Disabilities celebrates 20th anniversary

“This is by far the best annual wine tasting event in Richmond,” Thom Horsey, co-founder of the Ladybug Fund and board member with SOAR365, said. “This is our most impactful fundraising and awareness event each year.”

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Tickets are now on sale for the 20th Annual Ladybug Fund Winetasting and Silent Auction to be held on Friday, April 24 at the Dewey Gottwald Center at the Science Museum of Virginia. The event has raised more than $2 million for countless children and youth with disabilities over the past 20 years.

The 2020 event, presented by The Reinhart Foundation, Rick Hendrick Chevrolet Buick GMC and Synergy Technical, offers guests an opportunity to experience fine imported European and West Coast wines paired with a variety of culinary delights by Mosaic Catering. Guests will also enjoy live jazz from John Conley and craft beer from Midnight Brewery. The highly anticipated silent auction will feature sought-after items like a private wine dinner for 20, an oil painting by local artist Anne Walker and exceptional wines for bid.

Proceeds directly benefit the children and youth in SOAR365 programs.

“This is by far the best annual wine tasting event in Richmond,” Thom Horsey, co-founder of the Ladybug Fund and board member with SOAR365, said. “This is our most impactful fundraising and awareness event each year.”

Horsey has three decades of experience in the wine industry, having worked for Robert Mondavi, Rodney Strong, and Chateau Ste. Michelle. He is personally involved in all food and wine pairings for guests.

“SOAR365 is one of those agencies you couldn’t name if your life depended on it before you need them but can’t possibly imagine your life without when your family member needs them,” Horsey said. “The Ladybug Fund Winetasting and Silent Auction is a fun way to bring the community together for an important cause. I’m looking forward to celebrating its twentieth year.”

Tickets are $95 through February 14, $100 through April 23 and $110 at the door. Guests can purchase tickets at soar365.org or by contacting Edilia Bendel at 804-665-1240.

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