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Richmond SPCA receives $10,000 donation after Alex Bowman’s win at Richmond Raceway

The donation is part of the work by Ally and Alex Bowman, NASCAR driver of the Ally sponsored No. 48 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE of Hendrick Motors, along with Best Friends Animal Society to raise awareness and help improve animal welfare across the U.S.

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After a win at Richmond Raceway last weekend, Ally has made a $10,000 donation to Richmond SPCA.

The donation is part of the work by Ally and Alex Bowman, NASCAR driver of the Ally sponsored No. 48 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE of Hendrick Motors, along with Best Friends Animal Society to raise awareness and help improve animal welfare across the U.S. Ally is donating $33,000 to Best Friends-affiliated shelters, which will be distributed as $1,000 to a shelter in each city that hosts a NASCAR cup Series race this season. Ally increases its donation to $10,000 in any community that Bowman wins a race this year, which occurred last weekend in Richmond.

Ally’s $10,000 donation to Richmond SPCA will help prepare approximately 150 kittens for adoption, providing them with age-appropriate vaccinations, sterilization, and microchipping.

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Black Pride RVA Kicks Off Tonight

United in Pride and Still Standing as a full weekend of Black and LGBTQ events start tonight at Diversity Richmond.

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From the Black Pride RVA website.

The first Black Pride RVA happened July 20-22, 2018.  This inaugural Black and LGBTQ event was the first official event of its kind in Richmond, VA and even in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  We had people from all over the commonwealth and beyond be a part of history in the making by coming out to one or all of the planned events. The theme for our historic moment was Pride with a Purpose.  Our goal of the weekend events charged us to educate, embrace and celebrate the unique lived experiences of the Black LGBTQ community.

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Three Charged with Montvale Avenue Homicide and Aggravated Assault

At approximately 4:28 a.m. on April 7, officers were called to the 500 block of Montvale Avenue for the report of a shooting. Officers arrived and located the victim, Vinshaun Johnson, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound unresponsive in the roadway.

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From RPD:

Richmond Police detectives have charged three suspects in connection with the April homicide and aggravated assault on Montvale Avenue.

Juhwaan Barnes, 19, of Richmond has been charged with murder, malicious wounding and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Kevon Bynum, 19, of Richmond has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder, murder, malicious wounding and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Justin Oliver, 18, of Richmond has been charged with murder, malicious wounding and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

At approximately 4:28 a.m. on April 7, officers were called to the 500 block of Montvale Avenue for the report of a shooting. Officers arrived and located the victim, Vinshaun Johnson, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound unresponsive in the roadway. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A second victim, a juvenile male in his late teens, also suffered an apparent gunshot wound and was transported to a local hospital with an injury that was not considered life threatening.

Anyone with further information is asked to call Major Crimes Detective B. Neifeld at (804) 646-3246 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.

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Richmond Flying Squirrels offering first responders free tickets to game June 13th

The last 15 months have been very traumatic, yet first responders have stood up to every challenge,” Flying Squirrels CEO Todd “Parney” Parnell said. “Now it is our turn to honor them on June 13 and collectively, as a community, say ‘thank you.’”

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The Richmond Flying Squirrels will host First Responders Day, presented by the Brad Clark Memorial Fund, at The Diamond on Sunday, June 13th.

Active-duty police, firefighters, and EMS from the cities and counties throughout Central Virginia are eligible to receive two complimentary General Admission tickets to the game against the Harrisburg Senators, based on availability. Eligible first responders simply need to show their ID or badge to receive the tickets. Advanced redemption is strongly encouraged.

Tickets can be picked up in advance at the Flying Squirrels offices or at the ticket booth on the day of the game.

The last 15 months have been very traumatic, yet first responders have stood up to every challenge,” Flying Squirrels CEO Todd “Parney” Parnell said. “Now it is our turn to honor them on June 13 and collectively, as a community, say ‘thank you.’”

The Brad Clark Memorial Fund was established in memory of Hanover County Fire Lt. Brad Clark, who was killed in the line of duty in 2018.

First pitch for the game is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. The ballpark gates open at noon. Kids 14 and younger can run the bases following the game presented by Richmond Family Magazine.

The Diamond has returned to full capacity and tickets are available for upcoming Flying Squirrels games at SquirrelsBaseball.com/Tickets, by phone at 804-359-3866 or at the Flying Squirrels offices.

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