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Dominion Energy Charity Classic surpasses $5.1 million generated for local charity since tournament’s debut

Tournament officials announced recently that the 2020 Dominion Energy Charity Classic helped generate more than $1.5 million for charities in the Richmond and Henrico County region, bringing the tournament’s total charitable impact to over $5.1 million since the event debuted in 2016.

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Tournament officials announced recently that the 2020 Dominion Energy Charity Classic helped generate more than $1.5 million for charities in the Richmond and Henrico County region, bringing the tournament’s total charitable impact to over $5.1 million since the event debuted in 2016.

The PGA TOUR Champions tournament, currently in its sixth year, is dedicated to giving back charitably in the local community, with a focus on military support. As a result of the 2020 event, the tournament distributed funds to the Virginia Veterans Services Foundation, the Richmond Fisher House and more than 100 additional non-profit organizations in Central Virginia.

“Five years in, we have averaged over $1 million a year for charitable organizations in the local area,” said Tom Farrell, executive chairman of Dominion Energy. “2020 was especially challenging for non-profits, so this announcement and its impact comes at a good time. We look forward to hopefully welcoming fans and players back to the area in October for what has become an exciting sports tradition.”

Each year, the Charity Classic offers area non-profit organizations the opportunity to participate in the Birdies for Charity program presented by TowneBank. This program provides participating 501(c)(3) organizations the ability to generate donations that the PGA TOUR bonuses by 10 percent. Some of the organizations that generated significant funds through the program in 2020 included Swim RVA, Richmond Ballet, Mission Gait, Louisa Arts Center, The Richmond Symphony and Boots to Suits.

“During a year that saw the world reeling from a pandemic, we were especially glad the tournament could continue to make a positive impact in our community,” said Executive Director Steve Schoenfeld. “Even without the ability to host spectators on site, the event was able to help generate charitable funds, which is a testament to the philanthropic mentality of the many local residents and corporations that support the tournament.”

“We are excited and grateful that the Virginia Veterans Services Foundation (VVSF) has again been chosen to be a recipient of the funds generated by the Dominion Energy Charity Classic,” said John Lesinski, VVSF Board Chair. “The charitable dollars generated by the Charity Classic over the past five years have made a major difference in our efforts to help our military veterans who need financial assistance, to find gainful civilian employment and to prevent homelessness throughout the Commonwealth and will again be used to accomplish our important mission to serve those who have served us.”

Since beginning in 2016, the Dominion Energy Charity Classic has received several accolades. In 2016, 2017 and 2019 the tournament received the Players Award for being voted the favorite event of the year by PGA TOUR Champions players. The 2018 Charity Classic won the Sales Award, recognizing the outstanding sponsorship support from the Richmond business community as well as the 10-year extension announcement with Dominion Energy and The Country Club of Virginia, solidifying professional golf in Richmond through 2029.

The 2021 event will return to The Country Club of Virginia, James River Course, October 21-24, with the top 72 players competing for a $2 million purse. Phil Mickelson is the defending champion.

For additional tournament information or to find out more about Birdies for Charity, please visit www.deccgolf.com.

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Library of Virginia bringing Dopesick author Beth Macy to Richmond for the Carole Weinstein Author Series

Beth Macy is a Virginia-based journalist, the author of Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America, and an executive producer and cowriter on Hulu’s Peabody Award–winning Dopesick series.

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The Library of Virginia continues its 2022 Carole Weinstein Author Series talks with New York Times best-selling author Beth Macy. Macy will discuss Raising Lazarus: Hope, Justice, and the Future of America’s Overdose Crisis, the much anticipated follow-up to her internationally acclaimed book and Amazon series Dopesick. Carole Weinstein Author Series talks are free and open to the public. Registration is required for in-person attendance. To register, click here.

The event takes place Tuesday, August 23rd from 6:00–7:30 p.m.at the Library of Virginia Lecture Hall. It will also be livestreamed.

Beth Macy is a Virginia-based journalist, the author of Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America, and an executive producer and cowriter on Hulu’s Peabody Award–winning Dopesick series.

For more than 25 years, Macy has been reporting on stories from the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia—previously for the Roanoke Times and, more recently, in occasional essays for the New York Times. She has also written for magazines, radio, and online journals from locations ranging from a mobile home in Bassett, Virginia, to a crowded cholera ward in Limbe, Haiti.

Like the treatment innovators she profiles, Beth Macy meets the opioid crisis where it is—not where we think it should be or wish it was. Bearing witness with clear eyes, intrepid curiosity, and unfailing empathy, she brings us the crucial next installment in the story of the defining disaster of our era, one that touches every single one of us, whether directly or indirectly. A complex story of public health, big pharma, dark money, politics, race, and class that is by turns harrowing and heartening, infuriating and inspiring, Raising Lazarus is a must-read for all Americans.

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Carytown Watermelon Festival celebrates 40th anniversary this Sunday

It’s time to celebrate the dog days of summer and all things watermelon this weekend in Carytown.

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The Carytown Watermelon Festival is back in Carytown this weekend, and you’ll find all the usual suspects to celebrate four decades of the popular gathering on W. Cary Street, including live music, vendors, food and beverage, and of course, lots of fresh watermelon slices.

The festival typically draws over 115,000 people to enjoy over 80 musicians, 100 exhibitors, and over 3,000 watermelons.

It all takes place Sunday, August 14th from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. The festival runs from Thompson Street to the Byrd Theatre in Carytown. A map of the festival can be found below, and more information is here.

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Toy and supply drive to benefit UMFS and Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU on deck ahead of NASCAR race

Driver meet and greets, ticket donations, and prize raffles are among the activities leading into the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.

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As part of the events leading into the upcoming Worldwide Express 250 for Carrier Appreciation race on August 13 at Richmond Raceway, Worldwide Express (“WWEX”) has partnered with local carrier Estes to organize a series of activities benefiting local charities, including UMFS and Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. Worldwide Express will hold a toy and supply drive at Richmond Raceway, host driver meet and greets and donate race tickets to CHoR and UMFS families.

Estes will also hold a toy drive at its Richmond headquarters from August 8-19, where employees are encouraged to donate toys and supplies in need at CHoR and UMFS. Another local carrier, UPS, will receive tickets to the Worldwide Express 250 for Carrier Appreciation race for teams and families at its local UPS Customer Center to attend.

“We are pleased to honor our carriers by making an impact on two organizations that are supported by Estes, one of our largest and longest-standing carrier partners. Over the years, Richmond-based Estes has made significant contributions of time and resources to Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU and UMFS, and we would like to further their efforts by encouraging donations from teams, fans, and the public at large surrounding the race,” said Worldwide Express President Rob Rose.

“As a family-owned company for over 90 years, our team loves supporting nonprofits and causes that go above and beyond to help children and families thrive, like UMFS and CHoR,” said Rob Estes, president and CEO at Estes. “We want to thank our friends at Worldwide Express for choosing Estes as its partner to help bring toys, supplies, donations, fun and hope to these deserving organizations.”

Toy and Supply Drive: August 13 and 14 at Richmond Raceway

Worldwide Express will be accepting in-person toy and supply donations at the Worldwide Express Fan Zone at the Richmond Raceway Midway on Saturday, August 13, and Sunday, August 14. Each person who donates will be entered in a raffle to win driver-signed memorabilia and prizes, including a Richmond Raceway flag signed by current NASCAR Cup Series drivers, Niece Motorsports memorabilia, and Trackhouse Racing items.

Wish list items for the two organizations include coloring books, books, fidget toys, LEGO toys, school-age wipeable toys, preschool toys, dinosaur figurines, PAW Patrol toys, slime kits, putty, therapeutic dough, kinetic sand, UNO card games, family card games, family board games, battery-powered room string lights, balls (sensory balls, playground balls, bouncy balls), remote control cars/vehicles, Matchbox cars, art supplies, and school headphones.

“We’re so grateful to be a part of this exciting opportunity through Worldwide Express. We want to help children feel comfortable and at home when they’re in the hospital, and having access to toys and supplies helps us do just that,” said Stephanie Allan, vice president for community development at Children’s Hospital Foundation. “Every dollar collected and toy donated makes a difference in a child’s life at CHoR.”

Fans can also make online monetary donations that will be used to purchase toys and supplies through the Worldwide Express website at wwex.com/toydrive. Online donations will be accepted beginning Monday, August 8, and will conclude at 11:59 p.m. CT on Friday, August 19. All monetary donations will be used to purchase items directly from the CHoR and UMFS wish lists and will be donated to the organizations. Worldwide Express will match all donations up to a total of $25,000.

Driver Meet and Greet: August 11 at UMFS

On Thursday, August 11, Niece Motorsports drivers Dean Thompson and Carson Hocevar will make an appearance at UMFS alongside the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 winning No. 41 Worldwide Express Chevrolet. The drivers will participate in a Q&A session, sign autographs, and offer photo opportunities for UMFS students, staff, and families, as well as teams from the Estes corporate headquarters. UMFS is located at 3900 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23230.

“UMFS is grateful to have the unwavering support from Worldwide Express and our neighbors at Estes,” said Nancy Toscano, president and CEO at UMFS. “Both Estes and UMFS have been rooted in the Richmond community for decades, and because of strong community partners like Estes, we are able to better serve children, teens, and families across Virginia.”

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