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First-ever ‘Sports Backers Fitness Festival’ announced for September 18 in Chimborazo Park

The free festival will feature fitness stations, exercise demos, and local vendors.

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The first-ever Sports Backers Fitness Festival takes place on Saturday, September 18, Sports Backers announced today. The festival promotes the fitness and outdoor activity opportunities available in Richmond and runs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Chimborazo Park at 3215 E. Broad Street. Participation in the Fitness Festival is free, but attendees are asked to register beforehand.

The free festival features classes and demos led by members of Sports Backers’ Fitness Warriors program. The community health initiative trains area residents who have talent, passion, and potential to be professional fitness instructors for Richmond’s communities with the highest rates of chronic disease. Fitness Warriors currently lead free classes six days a week throughout the Richmond region, both in person and virtually, and the classes are geared towards all levels of fitness.

Fitness Warriors will lead sessions during the Fitness Festival in a celebration of active living and to help encourage participants to make physical activity a daily habit. A variety of activities and modalities are available throughout the day, including yoga, Pilates, Zumba, resistance bands, and high intensity interval training. The festival also features local health and fitness vendors to help guide participants on their active living journey. A vendor application is available at www.tfaforms.com/4924659.

”The Sports Backers Fitness Festival brings together many of our region’s most enthusiastic and passionate fitness leaders for a day of high-energy fun,” said Tiffany Copeland, Director of Fitness Warriors for Sports Backers. “At Sports Backers, our mission is to inspire people from all corners of our community to live actively. The festival supports this mission by encouraging attendees to sample a wide variety of activities and learn innovative ways to add active living into their lifestyle on a daily basis.”

Sports Backers is partnering with several corporate and nonprofit sponsors, including the RVA Community Development Corp., to deliver the inaugural Fitness Festival. These partnerships build connections with a wide range of community members and share the message of the importance of active living.

“We’re excited to help sponsor this event because Fitness Warriors reflects our values of economic empowerment and community-based leadership,” said Elaine Summerfield, Board President of the RVA Community Development Corp., a nonprofit that is working to support and sustain community assets and economic opportunity, with a particular focus on Richmond’s East End.

Additional supporters of the Sports Backers Fitness Festival include Markel, Mutual Assurance of Virginia, and the Market @ 25th. More details on the Sports Backers Fitness Festival are available at www.sportsbackers.org/events/fitness-festival.

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Field Day RVA event benefiting Higher Achievement returns after two-year hiatus

Teams of five to nine people register to compete in field day events, including water balloon toss, relay races, capture the flag, corn hole, and tug of war, as well as enjoy prizes, music, beer, and food trucks.

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Field Day RVA, a community fundraising event for the nonprofit organization Higher Achievement, presented by BrownGreer, is set to take place on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 11 a.m. The event took a two-year pause due to the pandemic and has returned to the Richmond community this year.

The day-long event takes place at the Bon Secours Training Center, formerly known as the Washington Redskins Training Camp, located at 2401 West Leigh Street. Teams of five to nine people register to compete in field day events, including water balloon toss, relay races, capture the flag, corn hole, and tug of war, as well as enjoy prizes, music, beer, and food trucks. Previous years have been in attendance by Mayor Levar Stoney, Dominion Energy, ABC News teams, and community members all throughout Richmond.

“We were disappointed when our 2020 and 2021 events had to be postponed, but could not be more thrilled to be back this year. Higher Achievement Richmond has profound impacts on the middle school scholars within Richmond, and this event is a great way to support our mission,” said Katey Comerford, Executive Director for Higher Achievement Richmond.

To attend Field Day RVA 2022, individuals can register at fielddayrva.eventbrite.com.

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Registration now open to host an Anthem LemonAid stand this summer

During the weekend event, hundreds of lemonade stands will pop up throughout the Richmond area to benefit hematology and oncology services at CHoR. Anyone who is interested in hosting a lemonade stand is encouraged to register now to secure a kit.

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Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU has announced that registration for one of Richmond’s beloved summer fundraising events, Anthem LemonAid presented by Richmond Ford, is now open. The 22nd annual Anthem LemonAid will take place over the weekend of July 22-24, 2022.

During the weekend event, hundreds of lemonade stands will pop up throughout the Richmond area to benefit hematology and oncology services at CHoR. Anyone who is interested in hosting a lemonade stand is encouraged to register now to secure a kit. Registration is free and the kit includes lemonade mix, cups, a pitcher, and Anthem LemonAid signage. Registrants can select the location of their choice for the stand and raise funds through lemonade sales.

Each year, an Anthem LemonAid ambassador is selected to help promote the event. This year’s ambassador is Thomas Carley, an 11-year-old patient at CHoR who was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia in December 2020. In the role of ambassador, Carley will visit area lemonade stands and encourage others to support the hospital.

“I decided to participate because I wanted to help people like me who have cancer,” said Carley, who is a fifth-grader at Collegiate School in Richmond.

Registration will remain open until July 19. LemonAid stand kit pickup will be held on Wednesday, July 20, and Thursday, July 21 on the front lawn of CHoR’s Brook Road hospital campus. Once registered, additional details about kit pickup will be provided closer to the event.

“We look forward to this sweet Richmond event every year as it’s so exciting to think about a weekend where thousands of Richmonders are showing their support for CHoR by either hosting a stand or buying lemonade,” said Lauren Moore, president, and CEO of Children’s Hospital Foundation. “We’re eager to see the registrations start coming in and watch the momentum build for another great season of Anthem LemonAid presented by Richmond Ford.”

“Investing in our community is key to our mission and something that is extremely important for me and for our associates, and this is one of my favorite events,” said Jeff Ricketts, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia. “We are excited to continue our long-time support of this summertime tradition, which makes a lasting impact on the health and wellbeing of so many vulnerable children in Virginia.”

Since the event’s inception in 2000, Anthem LemonAid has raised more than $1,113,000 for CHoR. For more information on the 2022 event, visit www.anthemlemonaidrichmond.com.

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¿Qué Pasa? Festival is Rescheduled Due to Weather

Visitors will be able to experience a vibrant Canal Walk bringing the community together while showcasing the dynamic culture, sounds, tastes and feelings of Hispanic & Latin American countries

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Update 5/4/22:

The ¿Qué Pasa? Festival that was planned for May 7 is now being moved to June 11 due to inclement weather in the forecast, the Virginia Hispanic Chamber announced.

“We are making this decision solely with our partners’ and vendors’ safety and happiness in mind. This move will also ensure maximum turnout to the ¿Qué Pasa? Festival, providing more guests and customers for our many vendors, since the weather would majorly dampen our turnout as well as cause issues for our fantastic entertainers & dance groups,” the chamber said in the announcement.

The festival will still be held along the Canal Walk from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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The VAHCC is excited to showcase the diversity and beauty of Hispanic & Latin American cultures once again, in the capital city of Virginia! The goal of this festival is not only to bring a cultural and educational experience to Virginia, but to also bring business back to our amazing local businesses, artisans, food vendors, entertainers, and more!

Dance the day and night away to our amazing live Latin music and prepare to be mesmerized by incredible performances by local favorites. Enjoy delicious Latin culinary staples, savory desserts, select beers, and specialty drinks. Stroll through our artisan market, featuring unique vendors, live artist exhibitions, homemade crafts, gifts, and more. Enjoy some family fun in our Kid’s Area featuring educational installations with arts and crafts activities. Attendees will also enjoy a colorful ride along Richmond’s historic canals on the beautifully decorated boats inspired by the Floating Gardens of Xochimilco, Mexico.

 

Please visit www.quepasafestival.com for all information about ¿Qué Pasa? Festival.

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