Spring Luncheon

You are invited to our

6th Annual Spring Luncheon
Friday, April 24, 2020

11:30am – 1:00pm
Inspirational Speaker:
Roy Woolwine
Emcee: Jasmine Turner, NBC 12 News

Tickets are $75 each

More about our 2020 speaker COMING SOON

2019 Inspirational Speaker: Alex Peavey

Alex Peavey is the Team Consultant & Mindfulness Coach for VCU Men’s Basketball, the Mindfulness Consultant at the Health & Family Psychologists of Virginia, the Mindfulness Coach for the Cameron K Gallagher Foundation, and he is on the faculty of the Chrysalis Institute.

Through these positions he provides mindfulness training to college and professional athletes and teams across the country and to individuals ranging from middle school students through recent college graduates who are interested in learning mindfulness as a strategy for peak performance and peace of mind. Alex also provides presentations and trainings for colleges, universities, schools, churches, non-profits, and businesses throughout Virginia.

Prior to these roles, Alex spent 14 years at Collegiate School, where he was one of the Upper School Counselors, Head Boys’ Varsity Basketball Coach, Assistant Boys’ Lacrosse Coach, and he started Collegiate’s mindfulness program.

Mindfulness has been a part of Alex’s life since he first began practicing at age 15, and Alex later received his professional training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction under the direction of Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder and former director of UMass Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness.

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. Doctors all over the country were surprised the cancer had already metastasized in areas throughout his pelvis and caused 60% acute kidney failure. Alex is confident his mindfulness practice is one of the key ingredients for improving the quality of his life.

“The opportunity to experience the good on a daily basis is truly a 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
2019 Live Your Dash Sponsors

Speaker Sponsor

Roxanne Cherry

in honor of Ann White King, a woman who lives her life mindfully,
inspirationally, and with daily deep peace

“Party of Eight” Corporate Table Sponsors

Invitation Print Sponsor

Program Print Sponsor

in memory of Eliana Ruth Meeks

“Family and Friends” Table Sponsors

family. extended.
in honor of the families we serve

CKG Foundation and The Gallagher Family
in memory of Cameron Gallagher

Jeff and Teki Hall

The Hummer Family
in memory of Charlie M. Lykins

Faisal and Traci Qureshi
in memory of Minhaj Qureshi and Gail Coyle

The Sharp Foundation

The Strum Family
in honor of Sherwood Strum and Austin Staples

Shannon Venable and Friends

Wheless  Family Stewardship Fund
in memory of Linda Dunville

Welcome Reception Sponsor

Audio/Visual Sponsor

Community Awards Sponsor

Flower Sponsor

in memory of Oliver Martin Placide

Remembrance Art Sponsor

in memory of Logan Gray Carpenter

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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.

2019 Recipients

 Cheryl Bemis – Cheryl founded “Pay It Forward Outreach,” an organization that helps the homeless and those living in poverty with clothes, food, household items, toiletries, and other resources to help them get back on their feet. Since August 2016, Pay It Forward Outreach has partnered with more than 20 organizations to pool resources or channel donations to Richmonders in need. Working with groups like Caritas, Feed More, the Ronald McDonald House, and hundreds of individual volunteers, Pay It Forward Outreach organizes, distributes, and channels people and products to those in need. In the last year, the organization has set up and furnished over 30 homes for those coming out of homelessness or living in poverty.

 Karla Helbert, LPC, C-IAYT – When her son died of a brain tumor at just months old, Karla channeled her grief to help others through therapy, yoga instruction, education, and writing. She is a volunteer with the MISS Foundation, an international non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families after the death of a child. Karla is the leader of the Richmond VA Chapter, a support-group facilitator, and a member of the Bereaved Parent Advisory Board. She is also the co-creator of the Foundation’s training program which integrates yoga and mental health. Karla is a professional counselor and an author of three books, focusing on grief and trauma in both roles.

 Emily Koski – Just one year after losing her sister to pancreatic cancer and being diagnosed herself with stage four pancreatic cancer last spring, Emily started creating awareness around this devastating disease. Emily began working with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN), an organization devoted to research, patient services, and advocacy. In November, 300 people joined a community walk/run and pancake breakfast event, organized by Emily and her “warrior friends”, raising nearly $35,000. She also launched “Handstands for PanCAN,” an online campaign encouraging others to hold a handstand, share it online, donate to PanCAN, and challenge others to do the same. Her challenge has caught worldwide attention, contributing to a goal of raising $20 million dollars by 2020 and doubling the five-year survival rate taking it from 9% to 18%. Emily feels “an urgency to take action.”

 Youth Award: The Vantre Children – After volunteering on MLK Day, Drew Vantre (13) and his three siblings, Nick (17), Steele (15), and Ella (11) decided to make an impact in the community as a family. These siblings saw the need in Richmond schools for supplies, which are necessary to help kids learn. The Vantres launched “Just Drew It,” in 2015, collecting new and used school supplies, packaged snacks for an early learning reading program, curriculum materials, and backpacks. These siblings have combined their passions for soccer and art by holding a children’s art contest each fall and creating notecards from the winners’ art to sell during the winter holidays. They also hold well placed bake sales at soccer and futsal events. These funds enable them to purchase basic school supplies as well as fulfill special requests from schools, such as an awning for a front office, water coolers, and a humidifier.

2018 Award Recipients: Dr. Omar Abubaker, Venus Bolton, Tamika Shelton, and Mark Smith

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