The National Kidney Foundation is Raising Awareness

NKF Logo1 in 3 Virginians are at risk for kidney disease, a disease that kills more people each year than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. 

Join as they raise funds for the National Kidney Foundation.  To help change these odds, the National Kidney Foundation Serving Virginia is holding their annual Central Virginia Kidney Walk.

With an increase in area businesses, families and individuals that participate in the Central Virginia Kidney Walk, we will all reach the ultimate goal: saving lives.

To learn more about the Kidney Walk and how you and your company can help, you’re invite you to attend the Annual Corporate Breakfast on Tuesday, July 22nd at Anthem, 2015 Staples Mill Rd., Richmond.

Breakfast and networking will start at 7:30 am and the presentation will run from 8:00 am to 9:00 am.  Please join the National Kidney Foundation as they kick off this exciting event!

Kindly RSVP to Liz at or 804.240.3917, by Thursday, July 17th, 2014.

If you are unable to make it, please consider sending someone to represent your company. Don’t miss this opportunity to show the kidney community that your company cares!

As you may know:

  • Twenty-seven million Americans have kidney disease and most don’t know it.
  • The leading causes of kidney disease are diabetes and hypertension.
  • In Virginia, nearly one million individuals are affected by chronic kidney disease.
  • Because symptoms may not appear until the kidneys are actually failing, millions of people with kidney disease remain unaware of their condition and are not taking steps to protect the health of their kidneys.

Together we can make a difference in the fight against kidney disease.

Chesterfield Center for the Arts Foundation’s Call to Action

Show your commitment to our county. 

Making a contribution is easy. For your convenience, we now accept payment via PayPal and through You can also submit a multi-year pledge by downloading the pledge form and sending it to the Chesterfield Center for the Arts Foundation, P.O. Box 3296, Chester, VA  23831.


After years of planning, the time is NOW!

The Chesterfield Center for the Arts Foundation is proud to announce the launch of the Capital Campaign for the Chesterfield Center for the Arts.  With over $250,000 in pledges and contributions received to date, it is time for YOU to show your support with a contribution to the Chesterfield Center for the Arts Foundation.

The Arts Center will be more than a building – it will be the cultural center for Chesterfield County.

The Center for the Arts is envisioned as a state-of-the-art cultural arts center designed to provide a venue for bringing  world-class artists and performances to our county. It will offer the opportunity to all, young and old to meet, explore, experience and engage in visual, performing and the literary arts. The Center for the Arts will be conveniently located in the historic village of Chester, with easy access to 288 and I-95.



An Invitation from Generosity Inc.

Wednesday, June 25
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
1800 Lakeside Ave.
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
$45 in advance, $65 the week of

Please join us and the more than 100 attendees signed up for Generosity Inc: RVA’s Top Corporate Donors at we celebrate Richmond’s corporate commitment to philanthropy.Never before in Richmond has such a comprehensive and objective list of corporate philanthropy been attempted. Richmond businesses on the list pumped more than $25 million into local nonprofits last year, supporting everything from Virginia’s colleges to health organizations to historic preservation nonprofits.

Please join BizSense for a lively celebration on June 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden as we present the top donors with a much-earned award.

We’ll have ample food and drink. And like all BizSense events, be prepared for a remarkable opportunity for networking.

Remember to buy your tickets early. We only have 25 tickets left to sell. And the ticket price goes up the week of the event.

Check out some of our members who are sponsoring:















Learn more.

Village Bank Brings Neighbors Together

We’re so excited to have Village Bank as the Title Sponsor of our First Friday Forums! 

Village Bank believes you’re a neighbor, not a number. They sponsor our First Friday Forum signature event series, to bring the community together.


From the uniquely personal attention they give every individual and business to the time they spend volunteering in our communities’ numerous charities, Village Bank is far more than just another bank. It is a place where the power of friendship, community and people working together toward a common goal is alive and prospering. A place where everyone really knows you by name.

Remember to register here:


RVA French Food Festival by Little Sisters of the Poor

Little Sisters of the Poor’s sixth annual RVA French Food Festival will be on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014. In 2009, this festival was created to help the Little Sisters of the Poor raise funds to support the Virginia Elderly Poor.  For over 138 years, Little Sisters of the Poor have provided the elderly poor with compassion and a place to call home.

This event is the chance to experience all things French! The festival features world-renowned Chef Paul Ebling, and Chef Sean Murphy of the Savory Grain, along with dietary manager Chef Alain, and pastry chefs Sister Teresa and Chef Phillip. You can explore French cuisine, hear live jazz music, shop the Parisian marketplace full of vendors, and enjoy games and entertainment for the kids.

Those of all ages are invited to come enjoy the festival from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm at 1503 Michael’s Road in Richmond. Free parking is available in the Forrest Office Park lots next door. All proceeds from this event will benefit the elderly poor who are lovingly cared for by the Little Sisters of the Poor.

For more information on the festival or how to volunteer, please click here.

Robert Thomas Photography Captures the Moment

Robert Thomas Photography is going to be capturing the moment at our First Friday Forum! If you’ve ever wondered where we get all those lovely pictures from events, check Robert Thomas Photography!

April’s First Friday Forum is all about how you can leverage social media for your business! Come learn from the experts on this important topic.
Register today:

Robert Thomas


Village Bank Helps Retailers

We are so excited to have Village Bank as the Title Sponsor for our featured event series created to help local retailers, First Friday Forum.

This forum is all about leveraging social digital channels to help your business! Make sure your marketing and communications people are registered for this can’t miss forum!

Thanks again to Village Bank for making this event possible.FFF_FEB2014_051


Capital Ale House Sponsors National Beer Expo in Richmond!

Craft beer has become a big part of Richmond’s culture, and Capital Ale House prides themselves on being one of Virginia’s beer authorities. and with that they have just announced that they will be the Title sponsor of the inaugural National Beer Expo in Richmond (NBE)!

Capital Ale House will be collaborating with Variant Events to promote the event, the same organization that operates the successful Virginia Wine Expo every year in Richmond.

“We feel that we have been a big part of the craft beer movement locally, and we hope to continue to be an influencer by making this the premier beer event on the East Coast,” said Capital Ale House President Matthew Simmons.

The NBE is scheduled to take place from July 15 to July 20 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center and nearby venues. The final details aren’t out yet; however, there are plans to have a major walk-around grand tasting, farm-to-table craft beer and food pairing events, dinners, lunches, brunches, brewery tours, seminars and much more!

To track the latest NBE news and information, follow Capital Ale House and NBE on Facebook and Twitter, or visit

Twitter: @CapitalAleHouse, @NationalBeerExp

National Donate Life Month – Store Display Contest!

Deadline: April 9th


Flaunt Your Colors!

Retail Merchants Association and Donate Life Virginia are teaming up for Retailers 4Life to help spread awareness of the need for organ and tissue donors during the month of April – National Donate Life Month!

We’re asking our members to support Retailers 4Life’s efforts by creating a Blue & Green display in your stores to complement your Donate Life display. Get your free registration packet at our office, or contact Preston Perrin at 804.662.5504.

Email a photo of your blue and green display to Patti Dean at by April 9, 2014, to enter the contest.

On April 11, a winner will be drawn at random and will receive:

  • A $100 gift certificate to The Crossings Restaurant at The Westin Richmond
  • A Networking Lobby Table to promote their business at the May 2nd RMA First Friday Forum ($100 value)

Help spread the word and download National Donate Life Month promotional material at