Category: Press Releases


Virginia Beach, VA – Diamonds Direct, a direct diamond importer based in Charlotte, N.C., will celebrate the opening of its newest location across from Virginia Beach Town Center with a series of events to benefit ForKids, a non-profit dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty for families and children in Hampton Roads.

On Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27, patrons are encouraged to “Be a Kid Again,” as the store will be transformed into a carnival with show-stopping diamonds and gemstones. Diamonds Direct will extend a special 20% savings on all purchases to encourage fundraising efforts for ForKids.   A portion of all sales will be donated to the charity. (more…)


What: The Virginia Beach Community Development Corporation will host its second annual “Back-to-School Prep Rally,” featuring guest speaker Dr. Aaron Spence, superintendent of Virginia Beach Public Schools, to get students and families in Hampton Roads excited and ready for the next school year.

Local celebrities, high school and college bands, cheerleaders and dance troops will energize the crowd, while attendees enjoy refreshments and enter to win prizes including tablets, tickets to local family events and gift cards.

The event aims to remind the community about the importance of education and the power it has to improve their lives and that of their family for generations.

When: Saturday, August 6, 2016; 10:00AM – 1:00PM

Where: Virginia Beach Convention Center

Cost/Registration: Free and open to the public; Registration is required at



NORFOLK (June 10, 2016) – Habitat for Humanity South Hampton Roads (SHR) and its subsidiary, Housing Hampton Roads, have a plan for nine new houses this summer in the Lake Kennedy Homes section of Suffolk. There’s only one problem: at the moment, the organization is struggling to find enough people who can qualify financially to own and live in them. (more…)


Va. Beach, Va. – Drink the District is back with its signature “Red, White & Brew” beer and wine festival, featuring American brews and vino from across the USA. Having outgrown the previous location, the event’s new venue will be the Virginia Beach Sportsplex (2181 Landstown Road, Va. Beach).

The July 16 event includes two sessions: an afternoon session from 1 – 4 p.m. followed by an evening session from 6 – 9 p.m. So whether you prefer daytime fun or socialization under the stars, take your pick. (more…)


Virginia Beach, VA – Diamond buying has changed forever in Hampton Roads.

The opening of Diamonds Direct at 4452 Virginia Beach Boulevard near Town Center gives savvy consumers a fresh approach to shopping for diamonds and fine jewelry.

The 6,000 square foot showroom features top-quality jewelry and a large selection of mounted and loose diamonds, varying in size, carat weight, shape and certification. The Virginia Beach store will be the eighth location for the locally focused retailer, based out of Charlotte N.C. (more…)


Virginia Beach, VA – Care-A-Lot Pet Supply will host the 9th Annual Pet Lovers’ Extravaganza featuring the popular DockDogs competition from April 29 – May 1 outside of their headquarters at 1617 Diamond Springs Road in Virginia Beach. Admission is free to enjoy three days of high-flying dogs, contests and giveaways plus significant savings at all three Care-A-Lot retail locations.

“From live dock jumping and diving events to pet ice cream eating contests and even a chance to win $10,000, there’s something for everyone,” says Care-A-Lot owner Bobby Clarke. “More than 12,500 people from around the country came to watch the action last year, and this time we expect an even larger crowd.”

One fearless flyer running off the dock will be Lager, a veteran explosives detection canine who served 18 months in Iraq. The German Shorthaired Pointer is a natural in the water, ranking 5th overall in the World Championships in his division during his first year competing. (more…)


What: VDAF Mission of Mercy Dental Clinic for uninsured and underinsured
When: Saturday, April 30 (7 am – 5 pm)
Where: Green Run High School (1700 Dahlia Dr. in Virginia Beach)

The Virginia Dental Association Foundation (VDAF) Mission of Mercy (MOM) Dental Clinic in Virginia Beach, in partnership with the Virginia Dental Association (VDA) and the VCU Schools of Dentistry and Dental Hygiene, will provide free care to hundreds of Hampton Roads residents from 7am-5pm on Saturday, April 30 in the gymnasium at Green Run High School in Virginia Beach. The event continues the 2016 MOM project season and marks the 87th MOM event to date.

The MOM program, created in Virginia by Dr. Terry Dickinson in 2000, is now in its 17th year. As a program of the Virginia Dental Association Foundation (VDAF), MOM has served more than 59,908 patients statewide. Throughout 2016, MOM will also treat several thousand people in Richmond, Wise and Grundy. (more…)


NEWPORT NEWS, VA. – Ashley HomeStore, the No. 1 furniture retailer in the United States, has announced plans to donate one Tempur-Pedic twin mattress every day in April to support children in need throughout Newport News.

“We’re calling on the community to help us with our ongoing ‘Hope to Dream’ campaign,” says Brett Johnson, Director of Sales & Marketing, GrandBrands Furniture. “Social workers, teachers, civic groups, friends, family and non-profit organizations on the Peninsula are encouraged to submit nominations at”

Click here to submit a nomination. (more…)


(Norfolk, VA–March 17, 2016) — For the first time ever, cast members from the 90’s hit television show, A Different World, will come together on a college campus for an intimate discussion exploring the importance of higher education and the value of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in both their historic and current roles. The event, sponsored by SunTrust Bank and titled, “It IS A Different World: College Changes EVERYTHING!” will benefit ACCESS College Foundation and Norfolk State University’s (NSU) Honors College. It is expected to be both entertaining and educational, as it will utilize open dialogue to connect themes from the television show to real-life experiences for college and high school students. (more…)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Ashley HomeStore, the No. 1 furniture retailer in the United States, will celebrate the official grand opening of its 30,000 square foot showroom on Wednesday, March 16th located in the Oyster Point section at 11971 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA.

The highlighted ribbon cutting at 6 p.m. will feature Newport News Mayor McKinley Price and will be emceed by WAVY-TV Morning Anchor, and Peninsula resident, Don Roberts. (more…)