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2016-12-21 / Announcements

East West, Hallsley win award for ‘Street of Hope’


The East West Communities Foundation recently received the Spirit of Giving award for its Street of Hope event in Hallsley. 
PHOTO COURTESY OF EAST WEST COMMUNITIES The East West Communities Foundation recently received the Spirit of Giving award for its Street of Hope event in Hallsley. PHOTO COURTESY OF EAST WEST COMMUNITIES The East West Communities Foundation and residents of the Hallsley community have received the Spirit of Giving award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Central Virginia chapter.

Given annually, the award recognizes a company, organization or individual who has gone above and beyond to make their community better. The foundation received this award for its support of the VCU Massey Cancer Center during the 2015 Massey Street of Hope. The 16-day event featured eight designer-furnished homes on one street in Hallsley. In combination with funds from a matching grant, the proceeds of the Massey Street of Hope raised $1 million to benefit VCU Massey Cancer Center.

“Time and time again the residents in Hallsley band together to support causes that matter in the community where they live, work and play,” said Connie Pollard, vice president of marketing for East West Communities and Hallsley, in a press release. “We are proud of the residents of Hallsley, their passion and all of their hard work.”


Top to bottom: Frank Lackman, Tom Gancsos, Dotti Haines Houlihan, Caitlin Ivey Top to bottom: Frank Lackman, Tom Gancsos, Dotti Haines Houlihan, Caitlin Ivey For years, Hallsley residents have supported VCU Massey Cancer Center by providing funds for cancer prevention, treatment and clinical trials throughout Virginia.

Business

Frank Lackman has been selected as president of Cornerstone Homes, a local builder of active-adult communities. Prior to joining Cornerstone, Lackman served as a division president with a Fortune 500 national homebuilder in Maryland and Northern Virginia. Other new Cornerstone hires and promotions include Tom Gancsos as director of sales, Dotti Haines Houlihan as director of marketing and public relations and Caitlin Ivey as purchasing agent.

Columbia Gas of Virginia has awarded a $2,500 grant to the Chesterfield Food Bank to help fight hunger in the community.

Molly’s Bicycle Shop recently celebrated the grand opening of its new, larger location at 4515 West Hundred Road in Chester. Molly’s is a premier retailer of bicycles, offers repair services and regularly coordinates local bicycling events.

Chesterfield County ranked No. 6 on SmartAsset’s new list of Virginia localities experiencing the highest gross domestic product (GDP) growth. Localities were measured by change in the local GDP over a four-year period.

Henrico ranked No. 4 and

Richmond was No. 8.

Education

County schools superintendent James Lane has received the Virginia Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (VASCD) 2016 Impact Award in recognition of his work on CodeRVA. For the last two years, Lane has championed the development and creation of CodeRVA, a regional high school with 13 partnering school divisions that will increase the number of computer science professionals in the greater Richmond area. In addition, he created advanced college academies when he was superintendent of Goochland Public Schools through partnerships with local community colleges that afforded students opportunities to earn high school diplomas and two-year associate degrees while in high school. He has initiated similar work in Chesterfield. Work on both of these projects was highlighted earlier this year at The White House Summit on Next Generation High Schools.

Millwood School’s entrepreneurial studies students became the first in Virginia to partner with Seed Spot Next, a nationally ranked social impact incubator that has worked with 164 entrepreneurs nationally and helped them raise more than $4 million in capital. With Seed Spot Next, students are creating social ventures that solve world problems through innovation. These ventures will be pitched at a national forum in Phoenix, Arizona, in the spring. From there, students can earn the capital needed to launch their ventures.

Organizations

The Nairn Place Bunco Group spent more than $2,500 at locally owned stores in Chester during its Shop Our Shops Staycation event. The group also donated 140 canned goods to the Chesterfield Food Bank.

Government

Defense Supply Center Richmond employees donated gifts to 113 students in need from G.H. Reid, Bellwood and Bensley elementary schools this holiday season. Gifts included clothing, bikes, books, dolls, action figures and electronics.

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