Category: Newsroom

OUTLET: The Virginian-Pilot

NO ONE, particularly a low-income student, should lose a scholarship to college simply because of the complexity and difficulty of a form.

But it almost happened to Bryce Norwood. The Virginia Beach student was a year into his undergraduate education at James Madison University in Harrisonburg when he had to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to continue receiving the college’s Centennial Scholarship.

My agency, the ACCESS College Foundation, helped him secure it coming out of high school. (more…)

OUTLET: WAVY

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – The all volunteer life-saving service is always looking to add new members to the team, but if you aren’t quite ready to join, at least support the mission with a great afternoon of music, oysters and craft beer.

41st Annual Oyster Roast and Craft Beer Festival
Benefits Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad
Sunday, March 5 – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Virginia Beach Convention Center
Tickets and Information: VBVRS.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Virginia Beach, Va. – The Virginia Beach Rescue Squad Foundation is pleased to announce the following individuals on its 2017 Board of Directors:

Charles R. Malbon, Jr. – Chair

John “Bruddy” M. Baillio – President

C.J. “Skip” Smith, III – Vice President

John A. Gill – Treasurer

Alice F. Ruffin – Secretary

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Virginia Beach, Va. – The Virginia Beach Rescue Squad Foundation has announced the following recipients of the 2017 Langhorne & Pulley Memorial Scholarship: (more…)

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Virginia Beach, Va. – The Virginia Beach Rescue Squad Foundation is pleased to announce 2017 grant awards totaling more than $100,000 to the following entities within the Volunteer Rescue Squads of Virginia Beach: (more…)

OUTLET: WTKR

SUFFOLK, Va. – A Suffolk man proposed to his girlfriend moments after falling thousands of feet to the ground.

Travis Burch popped the question to his girlfriend Avian Lain after the two landed on the ground.

It was the couple’s first time skydiving at Skydive Suffolk.

They have been dating for two years and live in Suffolk together.

OUTLET: Inside Business

Habitat for Humanity of South Hampton Roads Executive Director Brad Kirkpatrick, left, presents the “Builder of the Year Award” to Charles Henderson, Hampton Roads market president, Bank of America, during Habitat’s 2016 Dream Builder luncheon in Virginia Beach on Dec. 7. Habitat for Humanity of South Hampton Roads builds affordable homes to strengthen families and communities in seven local cities. Kirkpatrick said Bank of America has donated homes for rehabilitation and sale to needy families, while also providing many hours of employee volunteer time.

OUTLET: Inside Business

Princess Anne Courthouse Volunteer Rescue Squad received a grant from Firehouse Subs Strawbridge to buy LUCAS devices (valued at up to $15,000 each) for its ambulances. The portable device provides automated, consistent, uninterrupted chest compressions during CPR. Firehouse Subs franchisee Bob Bates opened the Strawbridge location in 2013, and as part of the company culture, he sought a charity to partner with. His restaurant collected donations by selling pickle buckets at $2 each and “rounding up” at the register. The result has been $53,265 donated to the rescue squad in less than two years by way of the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. In the photo, from left to right, are: Bob Bates, Firehouse Subs Strawbridge owner/franchisee; and Nicola McMillan, Ryan Mogadam and Chief Chris Daly, all of the Princess Anne Courthouse Volunteer Rescue Squad.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Habitat for Humanity of South Hampton Roads, which builds affordable homes to strengthen families and communities in seven local cities, has honored Bank of America with its “Builder of the Year Award.” Executive Director Brad Kirkpatrick made the presentation to Charles Henderson, Hampton Roads market president, Bank of America, during Habitat’s 2016 Dream Builder luncheon in Virginia Beach on December 7. (more…)

OUTLET: The Daily Press

The Disabled American Veterans national group made Newport News its latest addition to an annual 5K race series.

The race happened Sunday around the City Center area, with the finish line outside the Marriott at City Center. Close to 1,000 people participated in the city’s inaugural DAV race, said Ashley H. Martin, a spokeswoman for the event.

Newport News joined Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati and Tulsa on DAV’s list of race series for this November. About 60 percent of participants, excluding walk-ups, were veterans, Martin said. Other non-veterans were likely participating to show support, she said.”There are lots of people out here who are here in honor of someone,” Martin said (more…)