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Richmond SPCA invites fundraisers to go Over The Edge of 600 Canal Place to help homeless animals

Animal lovers in Richmond go to great lengths to support the lifesaving services provided by the Richmond SPCA, and in August they will have the chance to go to new heights. The local nonprofit is inviting those who raise $1,000 for animals in need to rappel 20 stories down the face of a skyscraper in downtown Richmond.

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Animal lovers in Richmond go to great lengths to support the lifesaving services provided by the Richmond SPCA, and in August they will have the chance to go to new heights. The local nonprofit is inviting those who raise $1,000 for animals in need to rappel 20 stories down the face of a skyscraper in downtown Richmond.

Over The Edge for the Richmond SPCA is presented by Dominion Energy at 600 Canal Place, the second-highest office building in the city’s skyline. The funds raised will help the Richmond SPCA deliver programs that include sheltering, adoption, low-cost veterinary care and humane education.

“Animals in our care depend on the kindness of strangers for their comfort, care and veterinary treatment,” Richmond SPCA Chief Executive Officer Tamsen Kingry said. “By fundraising to go Over The Edge for the Richmond SPCA, you’ll have the very best view of the River City while making a lifesaving impact on our dogs and cats.”

“Dominion Energy is proud to host this year’s Over The Edge for the Richmond SPCA at 600 Canal Place,” Michael Frederick, Dominion Energy senior vice president of administrative services said. “You’re rappelling 335 feet to benefit lifesaving programs and services for homeless pets as well as pets owned by families in need. Please join us in August to support these worthwhile efforts and to go Over The Edge.”

Only 76 spots are available to rappel and will be reserved for those who first reach the $1,000 fundraising minimum. Participants each get a personal fundraising page to help them reach their goals to qualify. Visit the event website, support.richmondspca.org/overtheedge, to learn more, to register or to support one of the 16 hopeful rappellers who have already signed up.

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Richmond Flying Squirrels announce full 2021 promotional schedule, set to open season May 4th

“The anticipation and momentum is building towards May 4th,” Flying Squirrels CEO Todd “Parney” Parnell said. “While the 2021 season will be different, the promotional schedule and overall fan experience will, as always, make many great memories for fans of all ages.”

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The Richmond Flying Squirrels have announced home game start times and their promotional schedule for the 2021 season. The full promotional schedule can be viewed here.

“The anticipation and momentum is building towards May 4th,” Flying Squirrels CEO Todd “Parney” Parnell said. “While the 2021 season will be different, the promotional schedule and overall fan experience will, as always, make many great memories for fans of all ages.”

During the 2021 season, most Tuesday through Friday home games will begin at 6:35 p.m. with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. Two exceptions, Wednesday, June 2 and Wednesday, July 28, will start at 12:05 p.m. with gates opening at 11 a.m.

Saturday games at The Diamond will begin at 6:05 p.m. with gates opening at 5 p.m. First pitch for Sunday home games through June 13 will be 1:05 p.m. with the ballpark gates opening at noon. From July 18 through Sept. 12, Sunday home games will start at 5:05 p.m.

First pitch for the Flying Squirrels’ Independence Day game on Sunday, July 4 is set for 6:05 p.m. and gates will open at 4:30 p.m.

The Flying Squirrels have 13 of their popular fireworks shows on their 2021 promotional calendar, including two special dueling fireworks shows on July 3 and July 4.

As a temporary health and safety measure, all shirt giveaways will be one size (adult extra-large for fans 15 and older and youth large for fans 14 and younger) to expedite entrance into the ballpark and minimize contact between fans and staff.

This season, the Flying Squirrels will host the inaugural Richmond 34 Legacy Weekend on July 16 and 17. The weekend serves to honor and recognize the contributions of members of the Richmond 34, whose sit-in protest in 1960 influenced legislation in the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Information on the Flying Squirrels’ Richmond 34 initiatives can be found here.

After debuting in 2019, the Flying Squirrels will once again transform to las Ardillas Voladoras throughout the 2021 season as part of the Copa de la Diversión program, with accompanying special giveaways and theme nights, listed below.

Highlights of the 2021 Flying Squirrels’ promotional schedule are listed below:

Theme Night Highlights

  • May 4 – Opening Night
  • May 9 – Mother’s Day celebration
  • June 2 – Business person’s special (12:05 p.m. start)
  • June 3 – Peanut-free game
  • July 3 – Independence Weekend celebration and dueling fireworks
  • July 4 – Independence Day celebration and dueling fireworks
  • July 16-17 – Richmond 34 Legacy Weekend
  • July 28 – Summer Camp Day (12:05 p.m. start)
  • July 31 – Military Appreciation Night
  • August 7 – Faith Night No. 1
  • August 19 – Faith Night No. 2
  • August 22 – Field of Greens Night (food allergy awareness)
  • September 9 – Pride Night
  • September 12 – Fan Appreciation Day

Fireworks Schedule (13 dates)

  • May 4, 8 & 20
  • June 3 & 10
  • July 3 (dueling), 4 (dueling), 17 & 31
  • August 7, 19 & 21
  • September 11

Bobblehead Giveaways

Adult Shirt Giveaways (XL only)

Adult Headwear Giveaways

Copa Giveaways

Youth Giveaways (shirts YL only)

Specialty Jersey Auctions

Weekly Promotions

  • Wednesdays – Wine & K-9s featuring $5 glasses of wine and $6 wine slushies from 5:30-7:30 p.m. plus dogs admitted free
  • Fridays – Funnville Friday Happy Hour featuring $2 12-ounce domestic drafts and $2 fountain sodas from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Additional promotions will be added to the 2021 schedule at a later date.

The Flying Squirrels open the 2021 season on Tuesday, May 4 at The Diamond against the Hartford Yard Goats. A limited number of individual game tickets for the first four homestands of the 2021 season will be available beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 19 at SquirrelsBaseball.com/Tickets, by phone at 814-359-FUNN (3866) or at the Flying Squirrels ticket office at The Diamond. Any fans who have vouchers or credits from tickets for the 2020 season can first access to redeem them now until Friday, April 16 at 5 p.m. More information regarding the release of 2021 tickets can be found here.

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HCPS will hold traditional in-person graduations at Richmond Raceway for the Class of 2021

Henrico County Public Schools seniors will gather in person with their classmates at traditional graduation ceremonies to be held in June. Ceremonies for HCPS’ nine comprehensive high schools and two Advanced Career Education centers will be held June 14-17 at Richmond Raceway, while the graduating class at the Academy at Virginia Randolph will hold its ceremony June 9 at the Virginia Randolph Recreation Area.

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Henrico County Public Schools seniors will gather in person with their classmates at traditional graduation ceremonies to be held in June. Ceremonies for HCPS’ nine comprehensive high schools and two Advanced Career Education centers will be held June 14-17 at Richmond Raceway, while the graduating class at the Academy at Virginia Randolph will hold its ceremony June 9 at the Virginia Randolph Recreation Area. The events will conform to all public health requirements for in-person graduations outlined by Gov. Northam in association with an April 1 update to Northam’s Executive Order 72.

Richmond Raceway’s size will enable each school’s graduating seniors to gather as a group and take part in a traditional ceremony, accepting their diplomas in person. The students will process as a class from beneath the grandstands, walk past friends and family in the grandstands and descend to a grassy seating area just across the track. Students will remain 6 feet apart and seats will be spaced accordingly. As is traditional, students will ascend a stage and accept their diplomas.

Each graduating student will receive four tickets for family and friends to attend the ceremony, and each student’s group will sit together as a pod in the raceway’s grandstands, separated from other groups by 6 feet. Professional-quality sound systems and video boards will also be in place to amplify the students’ processional, songs, speeches, and the recognition of each graduate by name as they walk across the stage. Graduations will also be live-streamed at www.henricoschools.us, ensuring that relatives and loved ones can also watch from their computers and mobile devices.

Specific information about each school’s graduation will come from the school’s principals or senior administrators. Information will also be added in coming weeks to HCPS’ Graduations Hub, which is at https://henricoschools.us/graduations/.

HCPS graduation schedule            

Virginia Randolph Recreation Area

2175 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, Va. 23060 

Wednesday, June 9

  • The Academy at Virginia Randolph (7 p.m.)

Richmond Raceway Complex

600 E. Laburnum Ave., Henrico, Va. 23222

Monday, June 14

  • Advanced Career Education Centers at Hermitage and Highland Springs (6 p.m.)

Tuesday, June 15

  • Henrico High School (10 a.m.)
  • Highland Springs High School (2 p.m.)
  • Varina High School (6 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 16

  • Douglas S. Freeman High School (10 a.m.)
  • Deep Run High School (2 p.m.)
  • Mills E. Godwin High School (6 p.m.)

Thursday, June 17

  • J.R. Tucker High School (10 a.m.)
  • Glen Allen High School (2 p.m.)
  • Hermitage High School 6 p.m.)

Friday, June 18

  • Rain date

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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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