Live Your Dash

Save the date for our

4th Annual Spring Luncheon
Thursday, March 22, 2018

The John Marshall Ballrooms
11:45am – 1:30pm


2018 Inspirational Speaker: Matthew Hirschberg



From addict and felon to best-selling author and successful business owner, Matthew’s story is one of hope. Matt’s extraordinary journey serves as proof that any obstacle in life can be overcome.

Once hitting rock bottom, Matt had to pick up the pieces of a shattered life and try to put them back together again. From dropping out of high school for a life of crime and drugs, to a four-year stint in a federal prison and his battle with obesity, he has overcome much and inspired others along the way.
Matt currently resides in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia where he is a successful entrepreneur, business owner, author, and speaker. Matt’s speeches help his audiences reexamine and take stock of their own lives through his “Life Prescriptions” – the proven life lessons he has learned from his unbelievable experiences. His story is one of redemption and a great reminder that personal responsibility helps pave the road to success. 

2017 Inspirational Speaker: John Dau

2016 Inspirational Speaker: John O’Leary

2015 Inspirational Speaker: David Gallagher


 2018 Sponsorship opportunities are now available.
Click here to learn more.

Thank you to our
2017 Live Your Dash Sponsors


Presenting Sponsor

Speaker Sponsor

“Party of Eight” Corporate Table Sponsors



in memory of Nick Bliley


“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


Vanessa Patterson and Friends


Faisal and Traci Qureshi
in memory of Minhaj Qureshi


Invitation Print Sponsor


Audio/Visual Sponsor

Community Awards Sponsor

Flower Sponsor

in memory of Oliver Martin Placide



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.

We are looking forward to announcing our 2018 recipients in mid-February

2017 Recipients

Mr. Bob Argabright – Bob is a tireless advocate for the students, parents, and faculty of Oak Grove-Bellemeade Elementary School in South Richmond. His efforts at the school have helped draw attention to the needs of this community. He mentors students, recruits volunteers, organizes supply drives, and raises funds to provide them with services. He was honored as Central Virginia’s Mentor of the Year by the Virginia Mentoring Partnership and a nominee for the Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Award.


Dr. Danny Avula – Danny is committed to public health both professionally and personally. Professionally he is the Director of the Richmond City Health District and personally he, three friends, and their wives all chose to move to Church Hill together 12 years ago to help rebuild an impoverished neighborhood together. He also serves on many community boards including the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation, Communities in Schools of Richmond, YMCA of Greater Richmond, Richmond Sports Backers, and he is the Vice Chairman of the Virginia State Board of Social Services.


Miss Monroe Hill – Monroe is a local 7th grader who devoted over 1,600 hours to community service in 2016. She is dedicated to many causes including people with special needs, fighting against cancer and other illnesses, depression and anxiety, hunger and those less fortunate, the elderly, Greyhounds, and more. Her biggest project of 2016 was the creation of Spirit of the Pageant – a pageant to showcase the many abilities of those with disabilities.


Ms. Anne Moss Rogers – Anne Moss, after doing her best to support her teenage son with his mental illness and addiction difficulties, lost him to suicide. She has since become very active in the community supporting other parents and teens struggling with mental health issues. She has been a board member of The Beacon Tree for over six years, has written articles, and created a website/blog “emotionally naked” where she shares her inner most feelings so others will not feel alone.


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