True charity is looking outward, not inward. To celebrate our 100th anniversary, Kaufman & Canoles is reaching out and donating funds to charities that give their time, enthusiasm and boundless energy to making a difference. We’re pleased to announce our October recipients—Eastern Shore Rural Health System, Inc., Mary's Garden, Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg and Autism Society, Tidewater Virginia—and we thank them for all the good work they do in our community.

Eastern Shore Rural Health System, Inc.

Eastern Shore Rural Health System, Inc. was nominated by Bob Barry, a Member in the firm’s Labor & Employment, Government & Municipal Law, and Manufacturing & Distribution practice groups. The Eastern Shore Rural Health System, Inc. is a community health center committed to enhancing the quality of life for the people on the Eastern Shore. The organization seeks to serve the needs of the rural community by providing accessible, comprehensive and affordable medical, dental and health services in a caring, professional and safe environment. The demand for health and dental services has grown at a rate that is very difficult to serve. There are not sufficient private practices on the Shore to meet this demand, and there is only one hospital. Eastern Shore Rural Health fills in this very substantial gap. They complete more than 100,000 patient encounters each year and serve more than 37,000 of the Shore's 45,000 residents. For more information about Eastern Shore Rural Health System, Inc., please click here.

Mary's Garden

Mary's Garden was nominated by Ran Randolph, a Member in the firm’s Commercial, Lender Representation, and Mergers, Acquisitions & Strategic Alliances practice groups. Ran’s mother, Jean Marie Randolph, began Mary’s Garden 20 years ago when her friend Mary Babb Savage died of cancer while in Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital. Like Jean, Mary loved gardening, and Jean wanted to create a place at the hospital where patients and their families, as well as doctors, nurses and hospital staff could retreat from the hospital into a serene, peaceful and beautiful setting. With the help of volunteers in the community, she raised the funds to build Mary's Garden on the hospital’s grounds. It has served as a model for others like it and improves the experiences of many patients, families and hospital employees in what otherwise can be a difficult environment. The Garden depends on donations to remain well-maintained and beautiful year-round. Our donation will be used for its current maintenance and holiday decorations. For more information about Mary's Garden, please click here.

Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg

Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg was nominated by Jane Beatty, a Trust and Estate Administrator in the firm’s Williamsburg office. Hospice House was founded in 1982 as a nonprofit charitable organization and is staffed by lay and professional volunteers who work to enhance the quality of life for their residents, support the people they love and empower others to do the same. Staff and volunteers work in close cooperation with local healthcare providers to assure patients and families receive needed services. Hospice House is designed to be a “home away from home” for those who are caring for a terminally ill loved one with residential services providing spacious accommodations for family, friends and guests to gather. Jane states, “I’ve heard from several clients what a difference Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg made during the final days/weeks of their loved one’s life”. Hospice House believes that support during a time of bereavement can bring about healing, renewal and hope for the future. With this in mind, staff at Hospice House continue helping families following the death of a loved one to offer comfort, support, referrals and services as needed. Support services are provided to individuals living in Williamsburg, James City County or upper York County. For more information on Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg, please click here.

The Autism Society, Tidewater Virginia

The Autism Society, Tidewater Virginia was nominated by Lara Lucas, a Legal Assistant in the firm’s Williamsburg office. The Autism Society, Tidewater Virginia was founded in 1981 with the goal of helping to improve the lives of all those who are affected by autism. Originating in the Tidewater area, the Autism Society has grown to include the Peninsula area as well. The Autism Society works to increase public awareness, advocate for appropriate services for individuals across their lifespan and to provide the latest information on treatment, education, research and advocacy. The Autism Society has a mission to create a world where persons within the autism spectrum disorder are fully included and participating members of their community. Our donation will help the Autism Society’s efforts to continue raising community awareness, providing education and maintaining supportive, informative networks comprised of parents, professionals and community leaders. For more information on the Autism Society, Tidewater Virginia, please click here.

Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation

Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation was nominated by Randy Sparks, an attorney in the firm’s Labor & Employment practice group. Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation was started after the Griffin family tragically lost their 12-year-old daughter. Gwyneth was in 7th grade when her minor heart condition caused her to go into cardiac arrest at school. She was not given CPR or an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) quickly enough and passed away seven weeks after the incident. The Griffin family wasted no time in helping pass legislation in Virginia mandating that AEDs be placed in every Virginia school and CPR training be provided for students and teachers. Four years ago they started the foundation to raise public awareness of the importance of AEDs and CPR training. Since then, Gwyneth’s Gift has donated 33 AEDs and CPR trained over 5,000 people in the community which has directly resulted in six lives saved. Randy proudly sits on the board for Gwyneth’s Gift and states, “ My wife has saved two lives herself – including a volunteer attending an HR conference with me.” For more information on Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation, please click here.

Peninsula SPCA
Peninsula SPCA

Peninsula SPCA was nominated by Sarah Messersmith, an Associate in the firm’s Private Client Services and Real Estate Strategies practice groups. The Peninsula SPCA has been providing shelter and adoption services for more than 50 years. In its most recent years, the Peninsula SPCA has transitioned to an adoption guarantee or “no-kill" shelter. This transition has resulted in a $1,000,000 loss in funding from local governments and the SPCA now solely relies on grants and donations from individuals. Even with budget cuts, the SPCA still feels it is important to educate the public on humane treatment of animals and preventative veterinarian care. Sarah has served on the Peninsula SPCA board since 2013 and is currently the Board's Vice President. Sarah states, “The SPCA works very hard on a limited budget to find good homes for homeless pets here on the Peninsula.” For more information on the Peninsula SPCA, please click here.

Communities in Schools of Hampton Roads

Communities in Schools of Hampton Roads was nominated by Chuck McPhillips, a Member in the firm’s Government Contracts & Construction, International and Mergers, Acquisitions & Strategic Alliances practice groups. Communities in Schools of Hampton Roads serves Portsmouth, Norfolk, Suffolk, Virginia Beach and Hampton City public elementary, middle and high school students. Some of the students in these areas are living below the poverty line and without basic needs like health care and nutrition. Communities in Schools of Hampton Roads helps address these basic needs as well as provide academic assistance, college and career preparation, family engagement, life skills and behavioral interventions. The Communities in Schools of Hampton Roads will use the donation to buy paint for student and community volunteers to paint inspirational and motivational quotes on the walls of Ruffner Academy. For more information on the Communities in Schools of Hampton Roads, please click here.

National Alliance on Mental Illness – Coastal Virginia Chapter

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – Coastal Virginia Chapter was nominated by Terry Murphy, a Member in the firm’s Government Contracts and Construction practice group. NAMI has touched lives across all 50 states. Locally they serve Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach and the Eastern Shore. NAMI connects people suffering from mental illness and their families with free online education and training classes, support groups, local programs, events and a helpline, with the goal of improving the quality of life for recovering individuals. NAMI is working on local, state and national levels to eradicate the stigma associated with mental illness. For more information about The National Alliance on Mental Illness – Coastal Virginia Chapter, please click here.

Tidewater Friends of Foster Care

Tidewater Friends of Foster Care was nominated by Nicole Harrell, a Member in the firm’s Data Privacy and Security, Franchising, Intellectual Property and Mergers, Acquisitions and Strategic Alliances practice groups. Tidewater Friends of Foster Care (TFFC) is committed to enriching the lives of foster children in the community. TFFC provides enrichment programs that bridge the gap between what is available from public services and those elements that are essential to a healthy, happy and thriving childhood. The services that TFFC provide help foster children attain confidence and stability and include resources for foster parents. TFFC has provided over 6,500 hours of tutoring services, over 1,500 Birthday/Holiday wishes and 513 YMCA memberships. Audra Bullock, Director and President, stated TFFC plans to use the donation to further their goal of serving 70% of school-aged Foster Youth in Hampton Roads within the next three years. For more information about The Tidewater Friends of Foster Care, please click here.

Foundation Fighting Blindness, Hampton Roads/Virginia Beach Chapter

Foundation Fighting Blindness, Hampton Roads/Virginia Beach Chapter was nominated by Gaither Thompson, the firm’s Recruiting & Marketing Coordinator. Gaither was diagnosed with a degenerative retinal disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa, when she was 10 years old. She has lived the majority of her life with limited peripheral vision and very low vision in the dark. The Foundation Fighting Blindness is the leading organization driving research that provides preventions, treatments, and cures for people like Gaither affected by these blinding diseases. The Hampton Roads/Virginia Beach Chapter was started three years ago and hosts events like “Crush the Dark” at Chick’s Oyster Bar and the annual VisionWalk to bring awareness and support to the local community. Gaither states, “This disease can make life difficult sometimes, but it has taught me to live life every day to the fullest and not take for granted the gift of vision. I am so thankful for the FFB and all of the work they are doing that gives so much hope to me and people living with retinal diseases.” For more information on the Foundation Fighting Blindness, please click here.

Horizons Hampton Roads

Horizons Hampton Roads was nominated by Kristan Burch, a Member in the firm’s Government Contracts & Construction, Franchising and Intellectual Property practice groups. Horizons Hampton Roads is an academic, cultural, and recreational program designed to encourage a diverse group of students from low-income families in Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach to reach their full potential. Students from kindergarten through eighth grade participate in fun activities and academics during their summer break when research shows most children significantly decline and fall behind in their schooling. At Horizons Hampton Roads, students are given the chance to get ahead in their reading and math skills to help them maintain and excel during the following school year. Kristan states, “I had the chance to go and observe the program again this summer. It was great to sit at a table with young students, eat pizza, and hear how they spent their week.” Our donation will help fund field trip experiences for next summer's programs. For more information on Horizons Hampton Roads, please click here here.

Sarah Michelle Peterson Foundation

Sarah Michelle Peterson Foundation was nominated by Ed Spivey, a Member in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. The Sarah Michelle Peterson Foundation was founded in 2014 when the Peterson family tragically lost their 15-year-old daughter, Sarah, to suicide. SMP Foundation was started in honor of Sarah and has been a life-saving resource for people dealing with depression and mental health issues in the Hampton Roads area. Through programs for middle school-, high school-, and college-aged students, as well as general community programming, there isn’t one area of Hampton Roads the foundation isn’t reaching. In 2018 alone they provided 140 separate programs in the Hampton Roads area. Our donation will help support programming for September’s Suicide Prevention Month. For more information on the Sarah Michelle Peterson Foundation, please click here.

Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg

Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg is a non-profit home building organization that helps families in need build and purchase safe, decent and affordable housing. The homes are built by volunteer groups and the families purchasing the homes. Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg serves families in the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, Williamsburg and the counties of Charles City, James City, New Kent, and York. They are on track to complete 13 homes this year alone. Our donation will go directly towards the building and materials for one of these homes. For more information about the Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg, please click here.

Wildlife Response, Inc.

Wildlife Response, Inc. was nominated by Laura Mae, the firm’s Facilities Manager. Wildlife Response, Inc. is an all-volunteer organization committed to caring for orphaned, injured, and displaced native wildlife. The rehabilitators are permitted by the state of Virginia and are based in the Virginia Beach area, but reach all of southeastern Virginia with their programs. Laura first volunteered with the organization over 15 years ago by helping frostbitten pelicans. She later helped staff their Wildlife Hotline which pairs citizens who found injured wildlife to nearby rehabilitators. Laura has also served on the Wildlife Response Inc. board. Our donation will be going directly to help fund the construction of their Wildlife Response and Rehabilitation Center, where citizens, animal control officers and other agencies will be able to drop off injured wildlife. For more information about Wildlife Response, Inc., please click here.

Samaritan House

Samaritan House was anonymously nominated. Since 1984, the Samaritan House has provided emergency and permanent housing, support services, and community outreach to victims of domestic violence and homelessness. The Samaritan House owns 12 safe houses for families fleeing violence and those who are at risk of losing their homes. They serve almost 110 people every night in the emergency houses and provide trauma-informed services to those in need. A few of the specific programs that the Samaritan House provides include: Victim Advocacy; Children’s Programs, including art and play therapy, family counseling, and academic support; Emergency Housing; Housing NOW; Case Management, which assists with transportation, nutrition, counseling, medical care, dental care, workforce development and employment; and Community Education and Outreach. Our donation will directly support victims of violence in getting their GED. For more information about the Samaritan House, please click here.

Hope House Foundation

Hope House Foundation was nominated by two of our K&C attorneys, Rick Mapp, a Member in the firm’s Business Tax, ESOPs & Employment Benefits, and Mergers, Acquisitions, & Strategic Alliances groups and Christopher McLean, a Member in the firm’s ESOPs & Employment Benefits and Private Clients Services groups. Both Rick and Christopher have sat on the Board of Directors for Hope House Foundation and have been an integral part of the foundation for many years. Hope House Foundation serves adults living with developmental disabilities by providing them support services to enable them independence in their day-to-day lives while staying in their own homes. Some of the services Hope House provides to these individuals includes personal care and dressing; grocery shopping; social skills and recreation; budgeting and spending; and health and safety. Hope House has been improving lives in the Hampton Roads area for the past four decades. For more information on Hope House Foundation, please click here.

Hero’s Bridge

Hero’s Bridge was anonymously nominated. Hero’s Bridge is dedicated to serving veterans, ages 65 and older at no expense to the heroes or their families. Aging veterans are at a higher risk of experiencing diseases and disorders due to their time spent serving in the military. Hero’s Bridge recognized the need for specialized assistance for veterans who served in World War II, Korea, and especially Vietnam. There are over 630,045 veterans in the state of Virginia alone. As many veteran programs are geared towards assisting younger veterans, Hero’s Bridge has had no shortage of opportunity to help those of the older generation. Hero’s Bridge offers six distinct programs to assist with the most frequent needs in this veteran population. These include the Battle Buddy Program, Honor Guard, Resource Scouts, Paw Patrol, Corps of Engineers, and Rapid Relief Corp. One of the most important programs remains the Battle Buddy Program, which pairs older heroes with younger veterans. These younger veterans provide friendship, become an advocate, and a navigator. “We strive to improve outcomes in both elderly and younger veterans, simply connecting younger veterans with older ones. This intergenerational approach yields an improved and more supportive existence for the volunteers and heroes – we serve the veterans by creating a ‘bridge’ to improve quality of life.” For more information on Hero’s Bridge, please click here.

Tryall Fund

The Tryall Fund was nominated by Nia Lissimore, the firm’s Marketing Manager. The Tryall Fund is a non-profit organization committed to supporting and implementing a model program for preschoolers and their caregivers focusing on education, literacy, health, and nutrition in Hanover Parish, Jamaica. The Tryall Fund was formed in the early 1960s by members of the Tryall Club who saw a deep need to give back to the community in which their luxury club resides. Dr. Olivia Masry, DDS, has been traveling to Jamaica as the Dental Team Director for over seven years and has helped facilitate treatment for over 525 children and 250 adults in 2018 alone. Nia nominated the Tryall Fund because, like many of these children in Jamaica, her life was impacted by Dr. Masry, who provided Nia with dental care, a part-time job in her dental practice, and helped her apply for financial aid for college. Nia states, “Without people like her, I wouldn’t be where I am today and neither would my smile.” Our donation will go directly to the dental program in Hanover, Jamaica. For more information on the Tryall Fund, please click here.

MEDARVA Foundation

The MEDARVA Foundation was nominated by Neil Talegaonkar, an Of Counsel in the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group. The MEDARVA Foundation connects people who have permanent vision loss with new and growing technology to expand what lines of vision they have left so they can still navigate their world. MEDARVA Healthcare has been committed to the greater Richmond area by providing charity care and services to multiple local organizations. Neil sits on the Board of Directors for the MEDARVA Foundation. Our donation will help both children and older people who might not have access to the available health opportunities some take for granted. For more information on the the MEDARVA Foundation, click here.

MaxStrong Memorial Fund

MaxStrong Memorial Fund was nominated by Mary Beth Sherwin, a Member in the Healthcare and Private Client Services Practice Groups. The MaxStrong Memorial Fund was established in 2013 by Walt and Pam Salzman to honor their son Max’s life after he died tragically in a car accident. “As a living memorial to Max we were compelled to establish something in his name that would represent Max’s kind heart and willingness to help others.” Through donations, grants, annual golf tournaments, and partnership with the YMCA of South Hampton Roads, the MaxStrong Memorial Fund ensures that traditional swim lessons are provided to the children in Norfolk who would otherwise not have the opportunity to receive this life-saving skill. “Together we are making a difference. Max’s legacy continues to grow with each lesson taught, and each life saved. Saving lives by teaching lessons.” Our donation will contribute directly to 12 children learning these life-saving swimming water safety skills. For more information on the MaxStrong Memorial Fund, please click here.

St. Mary’s Home

St. Mary’s Home was nominated by Gayle Gregg, the firm’s Technical Services Librarian. St. Mary’s Home was established in Norfolk in 1944 for abandoned and orphaned children. It is now home to 88 children, newborn to age 21, living with severe intellectual and physical disabilities resulting from birth disorders, traumatic accidents, illness, or child abuse, who require around-the-clock attention. Additionally, with the opening of The Albero House in 2013, St. Mary’s also cares for 12 adults older than age 21. One of its kind in the entire state of Virginia, St. Mary’s Home offers medical, therapeutic, education, and recreational service. The home features four courtyards, including sensory and butterfly gardens, an atrium for sports and activities, hydrotherapy pool, and playground with specially adapted equipment. The residents of St. Mary’s home play with youth volunteers, therapy dogs, shop with staff, have their own prom, and go on field trips, providing the best quality of life. Our donation will help provide activities for the residents and occupational equipment. For more information on St. Mary’s Home, please click here.

Young Audiences Arts for Learning Virginia

Young Audiences Arts for Learning Virginia was nominated by Win Short, a Member in the firm’s Environmental Law, Private Client Services, and Real Estate Claims and Title Insurance Solutions Practice Groups. Young Audiences Arts for Learning Virginia (YAV) is the leading provider of quality art-based educational programming in Virginia. According to YAV, “Children need arts for learning. It sparks their imaginations and feeds their minds. It improves their academic performance and encourages them to stay in school. It connects them to their families, their cultures, and their communities.” Signature initiatives for YAV include Arts for Learning, Dance for Life, and the Early Childhood Kindergarten Readiness Program. In the 2017-2018 fiscal year, YAV provided 1,286 service hours to 71,675 student families and educators across the state of Virginia. For more information about Young Audiences Arts for Learning Virginia, please click here.

Safe House Project

The Safe House Project was nominated by Mary Beth Sherwin, a Member in the Healthcare and Private Client Services Practice Groups. The Safe House Project (SHP) is a national organization supporting survivors of sex trafficking in America through safe house networks and by ensuring restorative healing and empowerment. Elizabeth was 16 when she left her abusive home to be with a man who ended up abusing her and selling her for money. Through the Safe House Project, Elizabeth found her voice and the courage to testify against her abuser. “You took love and you twisted it. But I am here to make sure you never get to do that to another person,” she said as she took the stand. The SHP provided Elizabeth with education, community, hope, and a home where she found freedom from the bonds of abusers that had once controlled her life. Our donation will be benefiting The Safe House Project – Hampton Roads Chapter and will be helping empower women in our area with stories very similar to Elizabeth. For more information on the Safe House Project, click here.

Best Buddies International

Best Buddies International was nominated by Christopher Sattes, Security & Endpoint Computing Administrator for the Firm. Best Buddies International is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical, and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Best Buddies Global Ambassador, Jack Mayor, states, “They gave me the confidence to speak in public. They also give other people with intellectual disabilities the chance to advocate for themselves. This organization makes me want to change things for all kids like me. Best Buddies took my worst days and made them my best. Everyone deserves their best days and every kid deserves Best Buddies.” Christopher’s cousin Matt has participated in the Best Buddies International program for most of his life and has created friendships and bonds that will last a lifetime. Our donation will be supporting Hampton Roads newest chapter at Landstown High School. For more information on Best Buddies International, click here.

Art on Wheels

Art on Wheels was nominated by Terry Frank, a Member in the firm’s Bankruptcy Creditors’ Rights & Business Restructuring and Consumer Finance Practice Groups. Art on Wheels was founded by husband and wife duo, Kevin & Andrea Orlasky with a simple idea, “that making art - creating something from nothing, something that is uniquely yours, is powerful, and healing, and not enough people get the chance to do that. That the experience of expressing yourself, of learning new things and being empowered by abilities you might have never even known you had is important. That the many therapeutic benefits of the arts aren’t often available to the people who need them the most.” Art on Wheels has four focus areas: Aging in the Arts, Arts and Disability, Healing in the Arts and Arts in the Community. Through these focus areas, Art on Wheels is traveling to the people of the local Richmond community enriching lives one program at a time. For more information on Art on Wheels, please click here.

Honor and Remember

Honor and Remember was nominated by Nicole Harrell, a Member in the firm’s Data Privacy and Security, Franchising, Intellectual Property, and Mergers, Acquisitions and Strategic Alliances Practice Groups. Honor and Remember was founded by George Lutz when his son, Tony, was tragically killed in December of 2005 while serving in the Army in Fallujah, Iraq. In the months following his son’s death, George found commonality among the families of fallen soldiers: after their grief had transitioned to acceptance, many families wanted to know their loved one’s sacrifice was not in vain and that the nation would never forget. This led George to discover that there was no universally recognized symbol that specifically acknowledges the American servicemen and women who never made it home. Thus the Honor and Remember flag was created and has been adopted by 25 states. In addition to the custom flags, the Honor and Remember organization provides different opportunities to families such as Run for the Fallen and Gold Star Family Evenings. In honor of Memorial Day, we couldn’t think of a better way to memorialize those have who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Our donation will be helping to purchase flags for families in Virginia who are currently on the waitlist for one. For more information about Honor and Remember, please click here.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation was nominated by Laura Baker, a paralegal in the firm’s Hampton office. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) was founded in 1967 and led by the late Arthur Sherwood. The CBF was early to coin “SAVE THE BAY,” a term that can be found on many bumper stickers around the Hampton Roads area. Serving as a private sector organization, the CBF fights for pollution reduction throughout the Chesapeake Bay's six-state, 64,000-square-mile watershed, which is home to more than 18 million people and 3,000 species of plants and animals. “Our community here in Hampton Roads is intricately linked to the Chesapeake Bay: a source of leisure, activities, industry and tourism,” stated Laura in her nomination. CBF is also known for “Save the Bay Day” which takes place this year on Saturday, June 1st. With annual participation over 6,000 strong, this day has proven to really change and restore the Bay. Our donation will be used for multiple upcoming projects including the first ever Oyster Restoration Mobile Unit and a new classroom in the Brock Environmental Center for students in Virginia Beach schools to learn about different topics like environmental sustainability. For more information on The Chesapeake Foundation or to sign-up to participate in Save the Bay Day, please click here.

Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast

The Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast was nominated by Ellis Pretlow, an Associate in the firm’s Private Client Services and Tax Practice Groups. The Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast (GSCCC) serves girls from eastern North Carolina to Hampton Roads and on the Peninsula. The Girl Scout mission is to “build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.” We see an example of this mission living out through our colleague Ellis. She states that “GSCCC is especially important to me as my grandmother was the first president of the Girl Scout Council of Greater Tidewater which has since become the GSCCC.” Ellis now sits on the Board of Directors and is head of the Bylaws Committee. Our donation will be helping “community troops” whose members do not pay dues, but are able to be a part of a troop, thus truly representing the Girl Scout mission to serve all girls. For more information on The Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast, please click here.

Carolina Boxer Rescue

The Carolina Boxer Rescue (CBR) was nominated by Tamra Bailey, a legal assistant in the firm’s Norfolk Office. The Carolina Boxer Rescue’s mission is “to balance the health, safety, and welfare needs of boxers in the Carolinas (and parts of Virginia) by providing a loving and safe environment for stray, abused, impounded, and owner surrendered dogs by placing them in foster homes and ultimately - forever homes.” Tamra holds the CBR close to her heart and home as she volunteers by opening her home to newly rescued boxers and providing them with love, training, and medical treatment. Currently Tamra has three boxers from the CBR in her home that she helped rescue. Pictured left is one of CBR’s finest, Mabel, a 4 year old boxer. When Mabel came in to the rescue’s care seven months ago, she was in rough shape due to the previous owner’s neglect. CBR representative Stacey stated that our donation will be helping dogs just like Mabel who come to the shelter with extreme medical issues that have not been properly cared for. For more information on The Carolina Boxer Rescue, please click here.

Hampton Roads Senior Veterans Athletic Association

The Hampton Roads Senior Veterans Athletic Association was nominated by Teresa Beatty, the firm’s Training and Development Manager. The Hampton Roads Senior Veterans Athletic Association (HRSVAA) was started to support veteran athletes who are patients of the Hampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center and who annually participate in the National Veterans Golden Age Games. The HRSVAA’s mission is to promote wellness and disease prevention among fellow patients. They work to improve both physical and mental health by encouraging veteran patients to get involved in sports and developing training and coaching support to assist them in preparing for state and national sporting events. Teresa’s father is heavily involved in the organization and says that “In some cases, veteran patients have attributed life-changing experiences to participating in sporting events with other veteran athletes.”

The Chas Foundation

The Chas Foundation was nominated by Jessi Gonzalez, a legal assistant in the firm’s Norfolk Office. The Chas Foundation was established in 2012 in memory of Tucker Corprew’s son, Charles Kirkwood (Chas), who suffered from bipolar disorder and ultimately lost his life to suicide. The organization began as a grassroots movement to significantly change the perception of people suffering from mental illness and enhance the quality of life for those individuals. Jessi has a personal connection to the foundation as she grew up dealing with someone who had a mental illness. She stated “I wish I had a charity like The Chas Foundation to get resources, assistance, and information.” Our donation is directly contributing to the launch of Chas Foundation’s newest program called “Mindfulness,” where people suffering from mental illness will attend free classes on mindfulness and will also provide a place of refuge for individuals and families that may need a quiet reflective place to meet with Chas representatives. For more information on The Chas Foundation, please click here.

Spike’s K9 Fund

Spike’s K9 Fund was nominated by Robin McNutt, Facilities & Human Resource Assistant in the firm’s Norfolk office. Robin had the opportunity to work directly with the K9s from this organization in 2011 during her deployment and work on Operation Odyssey Dawn. She states “The K9s were our first line of defense and they did not have the proper equipment to protect them if anything were to happen. After spending a few months with the dogs, I grew attached to them and saw them more as family than military working dogs.” Spike’s K9 fund was started by retired Special Warfare Operator James Hatch. While serving overseas James’ own life was spared by his K9, Spike, who paid the ultimate sacrifice. James states, “Dogs saved me in the many ways a person can be saved. Powerful as they are, they can’t advocate for themselves when they need help. That’s why it’s my mission to take care of them. And I can’t do it without you.” Our donation will go directly to the K9 Krijger Ballistic Vest Campaign which will equip working dogs with the proper safety equipment when they are on the front lines. For more information, please click here.

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross was nominated by two of our K&C colleagues: Anna Gallo, Receptionist for the firm’s Richmond office, and Gail Sampson, Litigation Paralegal in the firm’s Norfolk office. Both Anna and Gail have incredible life stories that led them to nominate the Red Cross. In 1999, Hurricane Floyd destroyed Anna Gallo’s family home. The day after the hurricane struck, the Red Cross was handing out cleaning supplies to people in the community picking up the wreckage. While she and her family, and their pets, were waiting for the repairs to be made to their home, the Red Cross paid for their hotel stay for two weeks and provided meal vouchers for three meals a day. In the summer of 2012, Gail Sampson suffered a catastrophic medical emergency and almost lost her life. She was saved by a blood transfusion made possible from the blood collected by the American Red Cross through their blood drive program. The American Red Cross’s mission is to “prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergency by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.” We see that mission statement clearly lived out in the two life experiences of Anna and Gail. For more information on the American Red Cross please click here.


SMILE, Inc. was nominated by Brandon Allred, an attorney in the firm’s Real Estate Strategies and Business Tax practice groups. SMILE’s mission is to “enhance the lives of children impacted by a life-threatening condition through education, encouragement, and empowerment.” SMILE provides children impacted by life-threatening conditions with assistive and adaptive equipment, which is not covered by insurance and can be very costly, to enhance their quality of life. SMILE was created in honor of Virginia Beach native Samantha Trost. Samantha was a bright, happy, and energetic young adult who was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a bone cancer, at just 16 years old. She went on to graduate from First Colonial High School with honors and attended East Carolina University for two years before she lost her battle with cancer in 2009 after it metastasized to her lungs. Samantha’s legacy lives on through this organization because “she had a way of making you love her and those around her by just smiling.” For more information on SMILE please click here.

Together We Can Foundation

Together We Can Foundation was nominated by Rob Goodman, a Member in the Private Client Services and Commercial Practice Groups. The Together We Can Foundation (TWC) is a program for at-risk youth transitioning into adult life and the workforce from foster care and poverty-stricken environments. Through educational skills programming including courses in career identification, personal presentation skills, and money management, the people at Together We Can have been altering the future of Hampton Roads’ at-risk youth. As of June 2018 this programing has impacted 3,784 youth across the Hampton Roads area. Tom Crockett is the Executive Director for TWC and stated that our funding is coming at the perfect time as they just started a new initiative called RFW or Ready for Work in which adolescents will learn the necessary skills and training to exceed in a working environment. For more information on the Together We Can Foundation, click here.

USO of Hampton Roads & Central Virginia

The USO of Hampton Roads & Central Virginia (USOHRCV) was nominated by Paul Hawkins, an Associate in the firm’s Government Contracts & Construction practice group. The USOHRCV serves United States military service members and their families in a region with the 3rd largest concentration of military personnel in the country. Their mission is to strengthen military service members by keeping them connected to family, home, and country through their service to their nation. USOHRCV is a 100% locally and privately funded non-profit organization that receives no government funding. Paul, a member of the US Navy Reserves and a member of the USOHRCV Board of Directors, submitted a heartfelt nomination about the remarkable personal sacrifices our service men and women and their families make for our freedom, so it seems only fitting to support the 1% of Americans that are willing to defend our freedom. The USOHRCV supports 12 sites in Hampton Roads and Central Virginia with a broad variety of programs and events including wounded, ill and injured health and wellness, Families of the Fallen, deployment and homecoming support, Canine Comfort Crew, Pathfinder transition services, the Outdoor Adventure Team and so much more. For more information, click here.

NATASHA House, Inc.

NATASHA House (“New Alternative Toward A Secure Home Atmosphere”) was nominated by David DiFiore, paralegal in the firm’s Newport News office. NATASHA House is a transitional home located in York County for homeless women and their children that empowers and equips them to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. Beyond providing a safe place to sleep, NATASHA House provides unconditional love and support while nurturing the emotional needs of mothers and children with counseling, mentoring and group interaction. The residence can accommodate up to 7 families for up to two years, as they work toward maintaining permanent housing through financial budgeting, rebuilding of credit and responsible life choices. Following their residency, the women and children may continue to utilize the outreach programs. David’s nomination spoke of the program’s successful and proven ways to overcome homelessness and keep families together. Since opening their doors in September 2010, NATASHA House has housed 98 families, including 157 children and 85 of these families remain in permanent housing, an 87% success rate. When asked about how the donation would be used, Karen Brown, Executive Director, stated, “The funds will be used to build a second greenhouse to support NATASHA House’s Seed 2 Table Career Readiness Program. The second greenhouse will allow the women to expand their tomato garden and salsa sales.” For more information, click here.

Critters 4 U Rescue, Inc.

Critters 4 U Rescue was nominated by Andrea King, Marketing Coordinator in the firm’s Norfolk office. Critters 4 U Rescue is a no-kill shelter that rescues and rehabilitates homeless, unwanted, abused, neglected, and special needs animals from the Mid-Atlantic that would probably not have a chance in a regular shelter. Andrea is a foster dog mom and volunteer with Critters 4 U Rescue. Andrea’s nomination spoke of the rescue’s continual efforts to foster the unwanted special needs animals and the costs associated with the rescues – from veterinary costs, to food and medicines. Since opening in 2009, Critters 4 U Rescue has assisted and placed over 400 animals in permanent homes. For more information, click here.

Lee’s Friends

Lee’s Friends was nominated by Kirkland Kelley, a Member in the Private Client Services practice group. Lee’s Friends is a support program for cancer patients and their families serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach. Lee’s Friends helps provide basic needs for cancer patients and their families, including food and clothing, medical supplies, information, and even shelter.The organization’s many volunteers provide transportation to and from doctor appointments, hospitals, and oncology labs, all at no cost. What separates Lee’s Friends from other health-care support organizations, is their one-on-one emotional support from a trained volunteer from start to finish. Besides the practical day-to-day issues cancer patients face, the ordeal can be traumatic and isolating. Executive Director, Carol Olsen states, “Sometimes you can tell a complete stranger things that you won’t tell your family and friends, because a stranger won’t fall apart like they would. Sometimes you just need to talk about it. Someone to listen is a valuable thing. To make a difference in someone’s life is huge.” For more information, click here.

CHIP of South Hampton Roads

Children's Health Investment Program Of South Hampton Roads (CHIP) was nominated by Lauren Kadish, an Associate in the firm’s Health Care and Litigation practice groups. CHIP provides services in Hampton Roads for children through age six and expectant mothers in the focus areas of health improvement, school readiness and self-sufficiency. The program focuses on early childhood development for children living at, or near, the poverty level, particularly the first 2000 days. As a board member of CHIP, Lauren was drawn to the organization because of its unique model, working directly through home visitations with families to assess children for health and developmental issues. Families that are enrolled in the program benefit from in-home teams of registered nurses and certified parent educators that provide parents with easy to understand training, reference materials, and access to community resources empowering them to become experts on their child’s development. For more information, click here.

Jewish Family Services of Tidewater, Inc.

Jewish Family Services of Tidewater, Inc. (JFS) was nominated by Mary Beth Sherwin, a Member in the Health Care and Private Client Services practice groups. The JFS is an organization that accomplishes important work for people who are sometimes overlooked or marginalized, transforming our community and the lives of the people they support, providing a full spectrum of services to meet the health, education and welfare needs of Jewish families and the general community in Hampton Roads. Every day the dedicated staff at JFS provides help to someone without the ability to help themselves—from standing by someone’s side ensuring a hospital admission or filing an endangered persons report for someone missing in freezing temperatures. Established in 1946, JFS has a long-standing tradition of caring and concern for the community it serves. For more information, click here.

THYCA: Thyroid Cancer

Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc. (THyCA) was nominated by Nicole DeNobrega, Collection Manager, in the firm’s Norfolk office. As a survivor of thyroid cancer, Nicole’s nomination of THyCA was a way to give back to an organization that provides essential tools to thyroid cancer survivors, caregivers, and health care professionals. THyCA also supports research in support of a future free of thyroid cancer. Nicole hopes that, in part, her nomination will remind people to have thyroid screenings, as early diagnosis and treatment are so very important. THyCA was created in October 1995, as a network of services that link thyroid cancer survivors and health care professionals around the world. For more information, click here.

The Peninsula Community Foundation

The Peninsula Community Foundation (PCF) was nominated by Larry Cumming, a Member in the Commercial, Private Client Services, and Real Estate Strategies practice groups and Managing Director of the firm’s Hampton office. The PCF’s goal is to help citizens, government, and businesses imagine a better, stronger, more prosperous way of life on the Peninsula. Through their substantial support of strategic initiatives such as the conceptual design of Fort Monroe, helping launch the Early Childhood Initiative or by awarding scholarships, PCF is making a real difference in the community. When told of the successful nomination, Michael Monteith, CEO of PCF exclaimed “Wow . . . we are honored to receive your acknowledgement of our work!” We are honored to be able to provide it. For more information, click here.

H.E.R. Shelter, Inc.

The Help and Emergency Response, Inc. (H.E.R. Shelter, Inc.) was nominated by Carolyn Black, a legal assistant in the firm’s Norfolk office. Carolyn’s nomination was filled with compassion for the non-profit’s mission of providing safe and welcoming spaces for women and children fleeing situations of domestic or sexual violence, homelessness, or human trafficking. With locations in Portsmouth and Chesapeake, the work of H.E.R. creates a safe and prosperous future for all through awareness, services, and training for lasting change in the communities they serve. Olivia Smithberger, Crisis Service Director stated, “Unrestricted funds such as these are life changing for our organization. The funds can be used for a rental deposit, furnishings for a rental or clothing for the women and children.” For more information, click here.