Live Your Dash

Your are invited to our

5th Annual Spring Luncheon
Thursday, April 18, 2019

11:45am – 1:30pm

Tickets are $75 each
(tickets will be available for purchase March 1st)

2019 Inspirational Speaker: Alex Peavey


Mindfulness is defined by Jon Kabat-Zinn as “paying attention on purpose in the present moment, non-judgmentally.” Alex Peavey was introduced to this practice at the age of 15 when he traveled across the country as a participant in a month-long wilderness immersion program.

After years of personal practice, in 2004, Alex completed his professional training to be able to teach mindfulness skills to others. He served as an Upper School counselor at Collegiate School for 14 years, teaching a two-week mindfulness class for all freshmen, providing mindfulness based professional development for faculty, and leading workshops for parents.

Alex leads “Mindful Mondays” for the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation and presents on mindfulness for schools and businesses throughout the east coast.  Alex also founded “The Mindful Way” where he primarily shares the mindfulness practice with high school and college students as well as professional athletes and teams.

At 39, Alex was diagnosed with stage four prostate cancer. After 25 years of practicing mindfulness, this diagnosis became his greatest test of performance and resiliency in the face of adversity. While doctors all over the country were surprised by the cancer metastasizing in areas throughout his pelvis and causing 60% acute kidney failure, Alex’s cancer is in remission. Alex is confident his mindfulness practice is one of the key ingredients for saving his life.

“This has been the most amazing experience. I’d never wish cancer upon myself or anybody else, but the opportunity to experience the good on a daily basis is truly a blessing. Cancer isn’t the blessing. The other part is the blessing. I choose to focus on the blessing because focusing on the frustration doesn’t make the cancer go away.” – Alex Peavey

2018 Inspirational Speaker: Mathew Hirschberg

2017 Inspirational Speaker: John Dau

2016 Inspirational Speaker: John O’Leary

2015 Inspirational Speaker: David Gallagher

Thank you to our early
2019 Live Your Dash Sponsors

“Party of Eight” Corporate Table Sponsors


“Family and Friends” Table Sponsors

CKG Foundation and The Gallagher Family
in memory of Cameron Gallagher

The Hummer Family
in memory of Charlie M. Lykins

Community Awards Sponsor

Flower Sponsor

in memory of Oliver Martin Placide

If you are interested in sponsoring this event,
click here to learn more.



To many, it is but a hyphen…
marking time between the years,
but in that little dash, is a lifetime
of laughter, love and tears.

We each create the legacy
our dash will someday represent
and decide if the life we’re given
is truly lived…or merely spent.

Excerpted from “Live Your Dash, Make Every Moment Matter” by Linda Ellis.

 Live Your Dash Award

Live Your Dash awards are presented to a select few in the Richmond area who are truly making a difference in our community and are a shining example of the Live Your Dash motto in action. They are selfless, hard-working, dedicated to their cause, and compassionate towards others. These award winners are using their dash to make sure our Richmond community is a better place to live and work.

2018 Recipients

Dr. A. Omar Abubaker, DMD, PhD – Dr. Abubaker serves as professor and holds several department leadership positions in the schools of medicine at VCU Health. In September 2014, Dr. Abubaker’s son Adam died of a heroin overdose after becoming addicted to prescription pain killers following a shoulder injury which led to an addiction to heroin.  His son’s death led him to earn a Graduate Certificate in International Addiction Studies and he’s committed to making significant changes in the medical field to reduce how providers prescription practices are feeding the opioid epidemic.



Venus Bolton  Following a life-threatening diagnosis and lengthy illness of her daughter Mireya, Venus was driven to volunteer, support, and advocate for many child focused local and national organizations including Children’s Miracle Network, Children’s Hospital of Richmond, and Connor’s Heroes Foundation. She is an ambassador to patient families, has worked with lawmakers and officials in the healthcare arena, and writes and speaks on issues related to wellness, caregiving, faith, and child advocacy.



Tamika Shelton After her son Kyrie was stillborn on July 29, 2016, Tamika felt compelled to help others.  She co-founded a group called Mama’s with a Mission “healing hearts through helping people”.  Mama’s with a Mission collect items, make, and donate “Heaven Sent” bereavement baskets to local hospitals, to Full Circle’s Perinatal Loss support group members, and to individuals who have lost a child. In October, Mama’s with a Mission also held their 1st Pregnancy, Infant Loss, and SIDS Awareness Walk, which will become an annual event.



Mark Smith – Mark is the owner of four local Midas Auto Service Centers through which he has partnered with local non-profits to raise funds and awareness for their organizations. Since 2003 Mark has hosted five Virginia Blood Service (VBS) blood drives a year. Midas of Richmond is VBS’ largest donor group representing 2.5% of the VBS blood supply with over 20,000 donors since 2003. Mark also partners with FeedMore raising a collective $500,000 for the Foodbank’s weekend BackPack Program. He has also recently funded St. Joseph’s Villa’s Brook Road Academy and their Learning and Therapy Garden and Culinary Program.



2017 Award Recipients: Bob Argabright, Danny Avula, Monroe Hill, and Anne Moss Rogers

2016 Award Recipients: Cindy Harris, Dr. Allison Jackson, Cindy Maynard, and Alexander Sims

2015 Award Recipients: David and Grace Gallagher, Shirley Ramsey, Shirley Richardson, and Anna Whiston-Donaldson