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Country music artist Lauren Alaina to perform at 2022 Dominion Energy Charity Classic

Grand Ole Opry member and multi-Platinum-selling singer/songwriter Lauren Alaina will perform at the 2022 Dominion Energy Charity Classic on Friday, October 21, following the first round of competition at The Country Club of Virginia, James River Course. Tickets for the tournament and concert are on sale now.

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Grand Ole Opry member and multi-Platinum-selling singer/songwriter Lauren Alaina will perform at the 2022 Dominion Energy Charity Classic on Friday, October 21, following the first round of competition at The Country Club of Virginia, James River Course. Tickets for the tournament and concert are on sale now.

The Concert

A Season 10 (2011) contestant on American Idol, Alaina has since earned three No. 1 hit singles with her smash “Road Less Traveled” (2017), the now 7x Platinum “What Ifs” (2018), and “One Beer” (2020). Alaina and Platinum-selling artist Chris Lane recently released a duet, “Dancin’ In The Moonlight.” Her No. 1 debuting album, Sitting Pretty On Top of The World, includes singles “Getting Over Him” and RIAA-certified Gold-selling “Getting Good.” Past tournament concerts include Chase Rice in 2019 and Chris Lane with special guest Kylie Morgan in 2021.

“Music to kick off the tournament weekend has become a staple of the Dominion Energy Charity Classic, and we are excited to welcome Lauren and fans to Henrico County and greater Richmond,” said Steve Schoenfeld, Executive Director of the Dominion Energy Charity Classic. “Sponsorships have already hit record levels, we are planning several new spectator experiences, and we expect to raise the bar even higher to make a positive impact on our community through charitable giving with the tournament.”

The Tournament

All ticket holders for Friday’s competition round receive admission to the concert. The show will follow the Military Appreciation Ceremony beginning at 5:15 p.m. The ceremony and the concert will take place in the Fan Zone presented by Visit Henrico. Tickets can be purchased at www.deccgolf.com.

The Dominion Energy Charity Classic includes three competition rounds, scheduled for October 21-23 at The Country Club of Virginia, James River Course. This is the tournament’s seventh year after its debut in 2016. Tournament week also includes the Tom Farrell Memorial Pro-Am, re-named last year in honor of the late Dominion Energy CEO, who was the driving force behind the Richmond PGA TOUR event. Markel Corp. has served as Presenting Sponsor of the Pro-Am since 2018.

  • Advance purchase weekly grounds passes are available for $90, Thursday Pro-Am tickets for $15, Friday Grounds plus the concert for $45, and Saturday and Sunday Grounds for $25 each day. Beginning October 17, Thursday Pro-Am tickets are $20, Friday is $50, and Saturday and Sunday are $30 each day.
  • Military (active duty, reserve, veterans, and retirees), First responders, and healthcare workers each receive up to two complimentary grounds tickets. Youth 18 and under receive complimentary grounds admission with a ticketed adult.

Each year, the Dominion Energy 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. Since its debut in 2016, the tournament helped generate over $7.3 million for charities in the Richmond and Henrico County region.

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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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Virginia Holocaust Museum hosts photo exhibit of images from Charlottesville protests

There’s Just Us represents the violent clashes Hosterman saw when communities fight hate and bigotry and the collective voices that were brave enough to stand up against all odds.

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August 11-12, 2022 marks the five-year anniversary of the Unite the Right rally that shook the quiet, central Virginia city of Charlottesville. To recognize this milestone, the Virginia Holocaust Museum (VHM) is hosting There’s Just Us, a photo exhibit by Alec R. Hosterman who was in Charlottesville to document the protests over that historic and deadly weekend. The exhibit will be on display at the museum from July 18-Dec. 30, 2022.

There’s Just Us represents the violent clashes Hosterman saw when communities fight hate and bigotry and the collective voices that were brave enough to stand up against all odds.

“The Virginia Holocaust Museum was honored to host this exhibit in 2018 for the one-year anniversary and it’s a privilege to host this powerful retrospective again in 2022,” said Samuel Asher, Executive Director of the VHM. “It aims to remind us that the struggle for diversity and inclusion in our communities still continues, but we are never alone. Together, we can remember those voices who were silenced all too soon and resolve to make this world a better place to live.”

Learn more about the exhibit here.

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5th annual RVA East End Festival set for September 24th

The event, canceled for the past two years due to the pandemic, celebrates music and the arts and supports Richmond Public Schools in the East End.

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Organizers of the RVA East End Festival have announced that the fifth celebration of music and the arts supporting Richmond Public Schools in the East End is scheduled for Saturday, September 24th, from noon until 9:00 pm at Henry Marsh Elementary School, 813 N. 28th St. in Richmond. The festival has been on hiatus for two years due to the pandemic.

Co-chairs of the festival are James “Saxsmo” Gates and Marilyn Heckstall.

James “Saxsmo” Gates is one of Richmond’s premier musicians. A talented saxophonist, he has played in the U.S. and abroad with notable artists including Dizzy Gillespie, The Temptations, Roberta Flack, Marvin Gaye and many others. He is the director/coordinator of the Dr. Billy Taylor Jazz Studies Program in the Department of Music at Virginia State University.

Marilyn Heckstall is the former pastor of Asbury Church Hill United Methodist Church in Richmond and most recently served as pastor of Saint Paul United Methodist Church in Roanoke. She has served as chair of the RVA East End Festival since 2017.

“Mark your calendars now because our fifth RVA East End Festival will be a special occasion to celebrate the artistic excellence of RPS students and the amazing talent in our community,” said Saxsmo Gates. “Music and the arts have been pivotal in my life. I want our students to have the same chances as I did to unlock their creative potential and even discover career pathways.”

“This event is a communitywide investment of love in our children because it creates opportunities for them to succeed,” added Marilyn Heckstall.

Since 2016, the RVA East End Festival has raised over $400,000 to support music, visual arts and performing arts programs at eight elementary, middle and high schools in the East End communities of the Richmond Public Schools system. The free family event will feature performances by local professionals including members of the Richmond Symphony, as well as some of RVA’s most talented youth musicians, dancers and visual artists.

Local musicians can click here to complete an application to perform at the RVA East End Festival. The deadline for applications is August 8, 2022.

Cheryl Burke, who serves on the School Board for Richmond Public Schools, noted that past proceeds from the festival have been used by the Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation to acquire or repair musical instruments and to create a dance studio at Armstrong High School, as well as to purchase choral risers, concert attire and visual art supplies such as pottery kilns. “The festival’s financial goal for 2022 is $100,000 to be used for a variety of purchases to benefit music, performing arts and visual art programs at our wonderful East End schools,” she said.

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