Phil-ins: A roundup of nonprofit news (May 2023)

Each month, The Phil brings your fix of Virginia nonprofit news, updates and announcements with Phil-Ins. This month, you’ll notice we’re event heavy, and it’s because of that we’re launching a new feature on The Phil. Stay tuned for a new events calendar, coming soon…

Dance the night away with Virginia Down Syndrome Association

This year’s gala – with the theme “Dancing with the Local Stars” – will feature a dance competition among five Richmond celebrities who will be partnered with dancers from Miracles in Motion, a nonprofit dance group that provides specialized dance instruction to individuals with disabilities of all ages. Celebrity dancers include Channel 8 meteorologist Matt DiNardo, Washington Commanders cheerleader Breanna Glass, former NASCAR driver Hermie Sadler, CBS News anchor Julie Bragg and Dan Schultheis, Jr., VP at Atlantic Constructors. The event is in its 40th year and will take place on May 25 from 6-10 p.m. at the Altria Theatre. For more info or to purchase tickets, click here.

Do they make silver clubs? Happy 25th!

A big happy birthday to the First Tee of Greater Richmond for serving youth in our community through its programming. The Richmond Times-Dispatch has a longer feature on the organization and how it strives to increase access to the game, while fostering sportsmanship in Richmond youth that may not have otherwise had the opportunity to play.

The symphony is coming to Jackson Ward

The Richmond Symphony and Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia present this free family- and pet-friendly outdoor concert. The concert is a culmination of a partnership between the Children’s Book & Music Festival, made possible by support from Dominion Energy and the City of Richmond. Starting at 7 p.m. on May 27, the concert will feature the music of Florence Price, Joseph Bologne and Virginia native Adolphus Hailstork. More information is here. (Rain date is May 28).

Updo optional for ‘The Prom’

A musical by Chad Beguilin, Bob Martin and Matthew Sklar, The Prom tells the story of Broadways brassiest stars who join forces with a courageous girl and the town’s citizens who go on a mission to transform their lives. A cast of more than 20 talented teens and young adults perform this classic musical comedy under the direction/choreography of Hanna Clinton and the musical direction of Elle Meerovich. Hosted at the Weinstein JCC from May 30 to June 11, the show is part of the Jewish Family Theatre’s Second Stage, a performance education program designed to guide emerging youth theatre artists through the process of putting on a show. For tickets and show times, click here.

Downtown drama and The Doorways

One of our most popular stories in 2021 was the news that Richmond City Council approved a project that would be a new home to VCU Health and the nonprofits The Doorways and Ronald McDonald House of Richmond. VCU Health has made waves by backing out of the project at the tune of $73M, but it would appear the project is moving forward.

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