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Elephant Insurance donating $61,500 to organizations serving underrepresented communities

The second round of Elephant employee-driven COVID-relief donations focused on nonprofits that positively impact diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and serve underrepresented parts of the community.

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Elephant Insurance announced late last week the second round of recipients for its Helping Herd initiative, where Elephant is donating $300,000 to organizations and programs that have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic or who are providing COVID-19 relief to their community.

The second round of Elephant employee-driven COVID-relief donations focused on nonprofits that positively impact diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and serve underrepresented parts of the community. The first round of recipients were announced in August and focused on mental health, with $64,500 being distributed among a number of different organizations.

“The Elephant team is so proud to offer this opportunity to organizations focused on diversity, equity and inclusion that have been impacted by the pandemic,” said Alberto Schiavon, Elephant CEO. “Elephant is grateful we can provide extra support to these organizations with the help of our parent company Admiral Group.”

Elephant team members were involved in the Helping Herd selection process, either by nominating deserving groups by survey or participating in the voting process to finalize the recipients. There will be four rounds of donations, with each round focusing on a specific area to include: mental health, diversity, equity, and inclusion, physical health, or community health. The physical health and community health funds will be distributed in the coming months.

For the second round of Helping Herd, the Better Housing Coalition and Boys and Girls Club received the most votes and received the largest donation amounts. The full list of second-round recipients and donations includes:

“COVID challenged every aspect of our programming, but also gave us an opportunity to engage with our members and families more deeply than ever,” said Todd McFarlane, President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond. “Funds that support our general operating expenses give us the flexibility to assist our families in unique and individualized ways. We are so grateful to be included in Elephant’s Helping Herd generosity.”

“We are grateful to have been selected as a recipient of a Helping Herd grant! These funds will be so impactful in providing joy to children across Richmond on their birthdays–we are fierce believers in the power of celebration,” said Julia Warren Mattingly, found and Executive Director of Celebrate RVA. “It’s an honor to work alongside Elephant to accomplish that mission.”

Through the Helping Herd, Elephant’s aim is to reach at least 50 organizations or programs with the funds, with gifts ranging in size from $2,000 to $20,000. A large portion of the funds are anticipated to be distributed in Virginia, where Elephant is headquartered, but Helping Herd funds will also go to organizations in other states where Elephant services are offered, including Texas.

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University of Richmond announces new Dean of Arts & Sciences

Jennifer Jones Cavenaugh, an accomplished administrator and noted Theater History scholar, will join the UR community in July.

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Jennifer Jones Cavenaugh, who currently serves as the dean of the faculty at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, will become dean of the University of Richmond’s School of Arts & Sciences July 1.

“Professor Cavenaugh is a champion of the liberal arts and an accomplished scholar and academic leader,” said University of Richmond President Kevin F. Hallock. “I eagerly look forward to her joining us this coming summer and am excited about her leading our terrific School of Arts & Sciences.”

“Having a long history of being a strong proponent of faculty development and an active participant in shared governance, Dr. Cavenaugh will be a great addition to the University,” said Executive Vice President and Provost Jeff Legro. “She has deep experience in recruiting, hiring, and retaining an outstanding diverse faculty and in strengthening an academic community, which are also priorities at UR.”

In addition to her role as dean of the faculty, Cavenaugh is the Winifred M. Warden Endowed Chair of Theatre & Dance at Rollins. Cavenaugh previously served for four years as the associate dean of Arts & Sciences. She also spent three years as producing artistic director of the Annie Russell Theater.

Cavenaugh’s areas of teaching and research include gender and performance, theater history, script analysis, and American musical theater. Her book Medea’s Daughters: Forming and Performing Women Who Kill examines representations of women criminals in plays and television. She is a member of Actor’s Equity and has performed and directed for over 25 years. She is the recipient of numerous teaching and research awards.

“The University of Richmond’s teacher-scholar model and its commitment to a liberal arts education and to undergraduate research drew me in immediately,” said Cavenaugh. “I look forward to working with such a vibrant community.”

Cavenaugh earned her undergraduate degree in policy studies at Dartmouth College, her MFA in dramaturgy from Brooklyn College, and her Ph.D. in theater history and dramatic criticism at the University of Washington.

All University of Richmond students begin their college journey in the School of Arts & Sciences, which is home to 23 departments and 13 interdisciplinary programs, and more than 300 faculty and staff. The School’s world-class faculty lead top-tier research programs while teaching in the small, intimate classrooms of a liberal arts college and work closely with students in scholarship and creative expression. The faculty of Arts & Sciences boasts a number of leading national research fellowships, including grants from Fulbright, Guggenheim, NSF, NEH, and NIH.

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Eggmania brings authentic Indian street food to the West End

This new concept in Henrico, the first of its kind to open in Virginia, is located at 2610 Tuckernuck Drive, beside Royal Bazaar Farmers Market.

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Eggmania, a restaurant specializing in egg-based delicacies and authentic Indian street foods, announced that its fifth overall location has opened, its first in Richmond. This new concept in Henrico, the first of its kind to open in Virginia, is located at 2610 Tuckernuck Drive, beside Royal Bazaar Farmers Market.

Eggmania is a fast-growing restaurant brand specializing in Indian street foods, most of which are egg-based. Keeping the health and nutrition benefits of eggs in mind, Eggmania is known for its consistent quality and unique dishes. Customers can find different dishes with eggs boiled, shredded, fried, or folded into omelets to accommodate all forms and flavors of Indian cuisine with various gravy options.

Eggmania also serves Bombay-style grilled sandwiches with the choice of eggs, paneer, and chicken along with authentic Indian-flavored Kababs and chicken delicacies. Eggmania has plenty of vegetarian options as well. Popular menu items include Volcano Biryani, Anda Lahori, Angoori Fry, Jetty Roll, Paneer Lava Fry, Cold Coco, the Samosa Grill sandwich, and many more.

The concept for Eggmania was established by five young, passionate friends, who all originated from the state of Gujarat, India, and met during their college careers in the United States. Having bonded through their shared craving for egg meals that were easily available on Indian streets but limited in the States, the friends were inspired enough by the idea and the food to open their own restaurant.

“It’s tough leaving your home and the things you’re familiar with – the liveliness of street food culture and the uniqueness of our egg-based meals in India bring people together, and we all missed that,” explains Darshan Patel and Kunjan Patel, two of the five partners. “We wanted Eggmania to be the place where people could go to not only get good, unique food but to also find the little bit of community and culture that we left behind.”

While the idea of starting a restaurant came out of a casual discussion in 2012, it was the thought of having the foods they missed every day and the ability to serve a community facing similar food issues that encouraged them to bring their concept to life. Within months, the friends opened the first Eggmania in Jersey City, New Jersey in the heart of a thriving Indian community. Soon after, they added a second location in Iselin, New Jersey, and this year they began franchising in Illinois and Massachusetts. The Eggmania team identified Richmond as an ideal area for this unique type of restaurant and looks forward to satisfying local customer cravings with an expansive menu of egg-citing dishes.

The new 1,900 sq. ft. location has indoor seating available along with takeout and delivery options.

The Richmond location is open Sunday through Thursday, 12-10 pm, and Friday and Saturday, 11 am-11 pm. For more information, visit https://www.eggmania.com.

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Richmond BizSense.com has the Scoop on a Gelati Celesti Expansion

Can there be too many ice cream shops? Our Magic 8 Ball says all signs point to no way.

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Richmond BizSense.com has the delicious details.

Gelati Celesti has scooped up some extra space in Short Pump, while plotting an aggressive expansion plan elsewhere in Virginia.

The local ice cream chain is in the process of doubling the size of its shop at 11805 W. Broad St. by taking over the neighboring storefront.

In addition to that ongoing project, the company opened a second Virginia Beach location in November with plans for 15 new stores in the next five years.

 

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