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Local artist Doug Orleski, better known as RVA Coffee Stain, selected as Monument 10K “Dash for the Cash” participant

Though he acknowledges that he still has plenty of work left to do to prepare before race day, Orleski already has plans for the $2,500 if he does cross the finish line first: he’ll donate the winnings to the VCU Massey Cancer Center.

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Doug Orleski, the Richmond-based artist known as ‘RVA Coffee Stain,’ has been selected for an opportunity to win $2,500 on Saturday, March 28, as the Dash for the Cash participant at the 2020 Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k presented by Kroger. In the Dash for the Cash, one participant is selected to get a head start on the course and race against the rest of the field in hopes of being the first to cross the finish line. If the contestant can outrun the fastest elite runner, the Dash for the Cash prize is theirs for the taking.

Orleski’s head start will be based on his estimated predicted time on his race entry form, previous running experiences, and estimated times of elite runners in the field. His goal is to attempt to cross the finish line before any of the other athletes running in the full 10k (6.2 miles). If he does outpace the rest of the field to the finish line, he will win the $2,500 cash prize.

The 2020 Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k will be Orleski’s first-ever race after taking up running several years ago as part of a commitment to improving his health through active living. He began exercising and running on a regular basis and in the process lost 60 pounds on his journey to a healthier, more active lifestyle.

Through his cartoon and sketch work as RVA Coffee Stain, Orleski says he’s able to celebrate Richmond through art, and his work helped him become part of the community after he moved to the area in 2012. Taking part in the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k is a natural extension of that community involvement and another great way to celebrate Richmond’s love for active living and big events.

“I was surprised and excited to be approached with the opportunity to take part in the Dash for the Cash,” Orleski said. “I was looking forward to the experience already since this will be my first actual race, and now I am anticipating race day on March 28 even more.”

Though he acknowledges that he still has plenty of work left to do to prepare before race day, Orleski already has plans for the $2,500 if he does cross the finish line first: he’ll donate the winnings to the VCU Massey Cancer Center, one of the official charity partners of the 10k, to help aid in their fight against cancer and support the lifesaving research being done here in Richmond.

In addition to the training he’s already done, Orleski plans to utilize the help of the Richmond Road Runners Club Advanced 10k Training Team, particularly to build speed. Orleski joked that after learning he’d been selected, “I texted my wife and said it looks like it’s time to start training so I don’t look like a fool out there,” but he knows this is a rare opportunity and a unique way to engage with the 10k, and he says he’s looking forward to the experience: “I’ll plan to do some fun stuff on RVA Coffee Stain social media leading up the race…. this will be really cool.”

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VMHC partnering with VPM to honor the centennial of the 19th Amendment with panel talk, new documentary

On Friday, August 14, the VMHC will host a live panel discussion with the historians featured in the film. They will share their insights on this pivotal movement Virginia’s history, and will also take questions from participants live during this virtual discussion.

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The Virginia Museum of History & Culture (VMHC) is partnering with VPM to celebrate the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women’s right to vote this month. “These Things Can Be Done”, a documentary produced by Boedeker Films and with support from the Commonwealth of Virginia Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemoration in partnership with the VMHC, explores the often-overlooked narrative of women’s suffrage in Virginia will premier this Thursday, August 13 on VPM. To learn more about the film and see the trailer, visit SuffrageFilm.com.

On Friday, August 14, the VMHC will host a live panel discussion with the historians featured in the film. They will share their insights on this pivotal movement Virginia’s history, and will also take questions from participants live during this virtual discussion. Speakers on the program will be Barbara Batson from the Library of Virginia, Ajena Rogers from the Maggie Walker National Historic Site, Dr. Karen Sherry from the VMHC, Dr. Sandra Treadway from the Library of Virginia and Christina Vida from the Valentine. To participate online for free, participants can join the livestream at noon on Friday on the VMHC Facebook page or YouTube Channel.

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Henrico County to host 136th USA Archery Target Nationals and U.S. Open later this month

This will be the first time Henrico County has hosted a national governing body championship event, bringing local, national, and Olympian archers to the region to compete.

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Henrico County and Richmond Region Tourism will host the 136th annual USA Archery Target Nationals and U.S. Open on August 12th through the 15th at Dorey Park. This will be the first time Henrico County has hosted a national governing body championship event, bringing local, national, and Olympian archers to the region to compete.

The championship will strictly adhere to the Phase Three recreational sports guidelines, including physical distancing, enhanced cleaning and disinfection practices, and increased workplace safety practices.

“Being selected to host such a prestigious tournament is an absolute honor. We’re looking forward to working alongside Richmond Region Tourism and everyone involved to put on a safe and memorable event,” said Henrico County Manager John Vitoulkas.

The event will showcase adult (Senior and Masters) archers in the recurve, compound, and barebow divisions. Archers will shoot nearly 300 arrows to compete for gold medals and earn cash prizes reserved for top finishers. Only 250 participants will be permitted per field with two shooting sessions per day to allow for social distancing.

A kick-off event is scheduled for August 13th at 7:45 a.m., and the competition will begin at 8 a.m. For more information and details, visit usarchery.org.

“We’re thrilled to welcome some of the nation’s top archers to the region this August,” said Jack Berry, President & CEO of Richmond Region Tourism. “We’ve recently started welcoming sports events and tournaments back to the region and have kept health and safety as a top priority. Sports tourism will continue to be a vital component as our region’s hospitality recovers.”

There are more than 30 sports tourism events booked across the region that are scheduled through Labor Day. The events will be an important boost to the region’s hospitality industry.

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Tune-in for LGBTQ+ Youth: Side by Side Hosts Virtual Fundraiser on Aug. 1

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Richmond-based nonprofit Side by Side is shifting its annual fundraiser online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic this weekend. “Springtime in the Summer” will premiere on Saturday via Facebook at 7 p.m.

The 30-minute broadcast will feature the 2020 Catalyst Award honorees, a group of individuals and organizations recognized for their support of LGBTQ+ youth in Central Virginia. Springtime in the Summer will also include stories and updates about Side by Side’s work and a virtual auction.

This year’s Catalyst Award recipients include:

  • Dr. Archana Pathak: Dr. Pathak helped launch VCU’s LGBTQ+ Studies minor program in 2019 and is the Interim Director of the Q-Collective, a new LGBTQ+ resource and scholarship center at the university. She also provided counsel and support for Side by Side’s racial equity policies and programming.
  • Stonewall Sports Richmond: Stonewall Sports Richmond is a sports league for LGBTQ+ individuals and allies. The nonprofit aims to create a social, safe and inclusive community where people are comfortable being themselves while taking part in fun sports and activities. Through fundraising and events focused on giving back, Stonewall Sports Richmond has raised more than $50,000 for LGBTQ+ nonprofits.
  • Ginter Park Baptist Church: Ginter Park Baptist Church is a LGBTQ+ affirming congregation located in Richmond’s Northside. The church regularly contributes to Side by Side’s meals program, an initiative that ensures youth have access to a healthy meal when they attend support groups.

“We know the last few months have been extremely tough for people as the pandemic continues and the region and nation grapples with violence against Black people and systemic racism,” said Side by Side executive director Ted Lewis. “We hope Springtime gives people a chance to come together virtually to find community during this time. We also know nonprofits are not immune to the virus’ impact on the economy. Side by Side needs the community’s help more than ever to continue our mission to support LGBTQ+ youth living in Virginia.”

Before the online event on Saturday, local drag entertainer Natasha Carrington will safely and fabulously pass out pre-ordered take-home meals that support Side by Side at MOSAIC Catering + Event’s Museum District location from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Approximately 100 packages were purchased and people will be picking meals up through a drive-thru in front of MOSAIC. (Orders are no longer available.)

Springtime in the Summer is presented by Altria. Other generous sponsors include Salomon & Ludwin Financial Consulting Group, Lewis Insurance Associates, Kroger, Weinstein Properties, McKay Wealth Management, Equality Virginia, Mosaic, and TVJerry.

For more information, visit http://www.sidebysideva.org/springtime.

Side by Side organizes weekly support groups for LGBTQ+ youth in Richmond, Petersburg and Charlottesville throughout the year. The nonprofit has been hosting virtual meetings since March to keep youth, volunteers and staff safe in response to the pandemic.

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