Live Your Dash

Your are invited to our

5th Annual Spring Luncheon
Thursday, April 18, 2019

11:45am – 1:30pm

Tickets are $75 each

2019 Inspirational Speaker: Alex Peavey

2018 Inspirational Speaker: Mathew Hirschberg

2017 Inspirational Speaker: John Dau

2016 Inspirational Speaker: John O’Leary

2015 Inspirational Speaker: David Gallagher

Additional event details for 2019 will be posted soon!

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

Thank you to our
2018 Live Your Dash Sponsors

“Party of Eight” Corporate Table Sponsors


“Family and Friends” Table Sponsors

Karen Butterfield
in memory of  Esther Treydte & Betty Eckels

CKG Foundation and The Gallagher Family
in memory of Cameron Gallagher

Friends of Venus Bolton

Holly Hamilton & Friends

The Hummer Family
in memory of Charlie M. Lykins

Faisal and Traci Qureshi
in memory of Minhaj Qureshi

The Sharp Foundation

Wheless Family Stewardship Fund
in memory of Elliot Mayfield


Invitation Print Sponsor


Audio/Visual Sponsor


Community Awards Sponsor


Flower Sponsor

in memory of Oliver Martin Placide

Remembrance Art Sponsor



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