Notable Gifts: Golf tourney raises $109,000 for wounded warriors [Richmond Times-Dispatch, Va.]
(Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Oct. 06--A golf tournament that grew out of a backyard event raised more than $109,000 in its second year for Challenge America, a nonprofit that helps wounded warriors with the transition from battlefield to home front.
The first Challenge America Golf Classic at The Foundry Golf Club raised $70,000 for the organization, which started in 2008. Challenge America connects U.S. military with community resources to help them as they return to family and create a "new normal life."
The local event for Challenge America began with a backyard barbecue fundraiser organized by Air National Guard Col. Robert Sandford of New Kent County. In each of its three years, about $10,000 to $15,000 was donated to Challenge America.
The event grew into a golf tournament when Sandford asked his friend Fred Funk, an eight-time winner on the PGA Champions Tour, to be the co-host. Sharon Funk, wife of the golfer, is on the board of Challenge America.
"Bobby surpassed 4,000 hours of fighter flying time as a member of the Virginia Air National Guard," said Houston Cowan, CEO and co-founder of Challenge America. "He created this event, and he grew it from a desire to make a difference."
Each of the 24 teams in the tournament included a wounded veteran or active duty serviceman, as well as retired officers and enlisted service members, business leaders and the public, said Roddy Davoud, one of the organizers and a member of The Foundry Golf Club. Funk offered a golf clinic and played one hole with each foursome.
Participants included Daniel Peabody, a disabled veteran who created America's Bravest Golf Association to foster the use of golf in the recovery process.
"It's not so much about the physical game of golf," Peabody said, "but about the focus, commitment to practice and the self-satisfaction of witnessing progress not only in life but in golf."
Virginia will be one of the five locations of Challenge America Military Opportunities because it's among the five states that are home to more than 40 percent of the nation's military families. Each state will have a CAMO ambassador trained to organize, encourage, promote and solidify the connections among existing organizations, volunteers and the military members of the community.
BofA awards $120,000 to 15 Richmond groups
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has awarded $120,000 to Richmond organizations that work on affordable housing, neighborhood preservation and financial education.
"We're working with community partners to help connect individuals and families to affordable housing as a first step toward long-term financial stability," said Gary Gore, Virginia and Richmond market president of Bank of America. "It's part of our broader efforts to help improve the financial lives of our customers, clients and communities."
The 15 Richmond nonprofits receiving grants include:
--Better Housing Coalition, $15,000 for the campaign to develop 150 high-quality affordable homes in Richmond's North Church Hill area.
--Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, $10,000 for its housing counseling and education programs.
--Partnership for Housing Affordability, $2,500 for programs that help low- and moderate-income people and families attain affordable housing.
Other recipients are ClearPoint Financial Solutions, $5,000; Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), $10,000; CultureWorks, $5,000; James River Association, $5,000; Maymont Foundation, $5,000; Neighborhood Housing Services of Richmond, $5,000;
project:HOMES, $5,000; Rebuilding Together Tri-cities, $2,500; Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity, $20,000; The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar, $5,000; the Virginia Performing Arts Foundation, $15,000; and Virginia Supportive Housing, $10,000.
Foundation gives $5,000 to VSU for clothing store
The Enterprise Holdings Foundation has donated $5,000 to Virginia State University for operation of a student-run, professional business attire store on campus.
The store will offer students modestly priced business attire to promote a "business ready" image to prospective employers. Students in the VSU Reginald F. Lewis College of Business will learn about operating a business while managing the inventory, personnel, budgets, branding and marketing.
CHRB awards grants to eight researchers in Va.
The Commonwealth Health Research Board has awarded $746,688 in grants to eight medical and health researchers in Virginia.
Locally, the University of Richmond got $48,500 to develop biosensors that monitor lactate levels in the blood in patients with sepsis.
Virginia Commonwealth University received three grants: $100,000 to continue studying bioengineering and biochemical approaches to axon regeneration in patients with spinal cord injury; $100,000 to develop a stem cell delivery system for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; and $99,550 to study forms of stem cell transplants that will improve outcomes.
Primrose raises $7,500 for ASK cancer group
Primrose School of Swift Creek and Midlothian at Waterford raised $5,700 for ASK -- The Childhood Cancer Foundation in honor of Primrose Swift Creek student Macie Moore, who is fighting leukemia.
The annual fundraiser featured the local children's band, The Diggity Dudes.
"We wanted to support a family that has been a part of the Primrose family for seven years while at the same time building awareness around a wonderful charity in central Virginia," said Leighanne Chilmaid, owner of both preschools.
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