In the News, February 2012

Issue: February 2012 by in Upfront


The Challenged Sports Exchange announces its third annual Advocate of the Year Dinner, which will take place Saturday, March 3, in the Burton Student Center at Lynchburg College. Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner and a program following.  Tickets are $55 per seat or $300 per table.

This year’s honorees are the Skinner and Evans families. Previous honorees include The Honorable Shannon Valentine and Merrill Tolbert, Associate Professor in the Human Development & Learning Department at Lynchburg College.

The Challenged Sports Exchange provides 12 months of recreational activities and sports programs for individuals with mental and physical disabilities in the Central Virginia region. Participants include over 300 children to adults with disabilities ranging from mild to severe. Each program is specifically adapted to the participants’ abilities and is only made possible by the availability of volunteers and donations. This non-profit organization has been providing fun for our participants for over 20 years and continues to grow each year.

The Advocate of the Year Dinner gives thanks to outstanding community volunteers that give to our individuals. The event also educates others about our program and serves as a recruitment tool for participants, volunteers and donors. Other than the meal cost, the remaining ticket cost directly funds Challenged Sports Exchange programs.

Send checks payable to Challenged Sports Exchange, c/o Bethel Thomas, 22174 Timberlake Road, Suite B1, Lynchburg, VA 24502. Questions may be emailed to


The Blue Ridge Summer Institute for Young Artists, known as BLUR, is taking applications for its 2012 session, which will be held June 17 through July 8 at Sweet Briar College. BLUR is a co-educational residential summer camp for high school students interested in theater, creative writing and visual art.

BLUR is designed for students to work deeply within their art form while collaborating with artists in other fields—blurring the boundaries between them to imagine new ways of creating art. In addition to BLUR faculty, participants work with practicing artists from co-sponsoring organizations, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Endstation Theatre Company. Endstation is a professional troupe-in-residence at Sweet Briar, which produces the annual Blue Ridge Summer Theatre Festival while BLUR is in session.

BLUR participants receive two hours of college credit for successfully completing the program. Women attendees who later enroll at Sweet Briar will receive a $2,000 tuition credit. Scholarships and day-student rates are available.

Because the role of technology is also central to the program, several assignments require an Apple iPad. Purchase of the iPad is included in tuition, however students have the option of bringing their own or borrowing one with a refundable deposit to reduce costs.

“Everything we do at BLUR is geared toward this current generation of young artists who are growing up with smartphones, iPads and social media,” Dave Griffith, BLUR founding director and assistant professor of creative writing at Sweet Briar, said. “We want to help them figure out how technology is changing the way art is made and consumed.”

To apply or for more information about tuition, housing, teaching faculty and other program details, please visit or send an e-mail to  Applications are due March 1.


The American Globe preservation Society and Omniterrum are pleased to announce the creation of a Globe Museum Downtown Lynchburg. Omniterrum is joining forces to offer a permanent location dedicated to the display and preservation of globes and related planetary from around the world spanning four centuries. The museum will feature a vast variety of globes including terrestrial and celestial globes as well as lunar, Mars and other tellurian orbs. The collection will include models from the 16th century and as current as today.

The Globe Museum is located inside the Riverviews Art Building #209, at 901 Jefferson Street in downtown Lynchburg. For more information, visit


The Lynchburg Humane Society (LHS) has purchased 9.6 acres of land just off of Graves Mill Road which will serve as the future site for their state-of-the-art Humane Education and Adoption Center. The site currently features an open pasture, wooded property suitable for walking trails, a red barn and a ranch style home that the LHS hopes to utilize as either a spay/neuter clinic or a humane education center. The LHS is in the early stages of a Capital Campaign, chaired by Rosemary and George Dawson, to raise funds for construction.

“This is a very exciting time for this organization and the City of Lynchburg,” Makena Yarbrough, Executive Director of LHS, said. “Our new Humane Center will be an inviting community center where people can work, adopt, volunteer, learn and where the animals will be cared for in the environment they deserve.”

The LHS recently went through a successful re-zoning campaign on the new property where they received a unanimous city council vote in support of the re-zoning.

For more information on how to get involved, visit


The City of Lynchburg’s Department of Utilities has officially changed its name to Department of Water Resources. The change was made for several reasons including the opportunity to have the name fully reflect the range of the department’s services. It is also hoped that the new name will help citizens begin to understand the exceptional resource the City has in its water supply and in the services that are provided.

The Department of Water Resources is responsible for water, wastewater and stormwater services. In December 2011, City Council voted to create a stormwater utility and enterprise fund to handle the ever increasing regulations and associated services.


The Fresh Air Fund’s Greater Lynchburg area committee is eagerly preparing for summer 2012 and the arrival of New York City children! To ensure that this year’s program is a success, The Fresh Air Fund is currently seeking volunteer members and host families so that visiting inner-city children can enjoy new experiences and lasting friendships. Each summer, close to 4,000 New York City children, ages six to 18, enjoy vacations for up to two weeks with volunteer host families in suburban, rural, and small town communities across 13 Northeastern states and Canada. Local Fresh Air Fund volunteers recruit and interview host families, check references and coordinate group program activities in their communities.

In 2012, The Fresh Air Fund will celebrate its 136th summer of bare feet, sandcastles and starry nights for children from New York City’s low-income communities. It only takes one conversation with a Fresh Air child to realize the impact of staying with a volunteer host family. “We were on a walk and I saw a wild snapping turtle! It was so cool because I don’t see many animals in the wild,” remembers eight-year-old Brittney of Queens, NY.

For more information on how you can join your local Fresh Air volunteer team, call Barbara Austin at (434) 594-6148 or The Fresh Air Fund at (800) 367-0003. Learn more about the Volunteer Host Family program by visiting

On March 23, speaker Patrick H. McGaughey, CPF, will lead a Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce seminar about “Big Ideas for Small Business Marketing” at Central Virginia Community College’s Bedford Center from 8 to 10 a.m.  This event will show attendees how to spend a little for a lot of attention, create marketing that requires action, better use your time while networking and more. McGaughey is an American Business Speaker and Certified Professional Facilitator who works with private industry, chambers of commerce and industry associations to build higher performance and income. For more information, visit or call the Chamber at (540) 586-9401.


February 15                                                              

Richmond Legislative Reception and Dinner

The Valentine Richmond History Center, 1015 East Clay Street, Richmond, VA

5 to 8 p.m.

Join the Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce for an opportunity to meet with state representatives to discuss important legislative issues under consideration in the 2012 General Assembly. Tickets includes transportation to and from Richmond, admission to our legislative reception (beginning at 5 p.m.) and a sit down dinner (beginning at 6 p.m.) in honor of our regional Senators and Delegates. Transportation, provided by Enterprise Rent-a-Car, included on first-come, first-served basis. Van departs from Chamber at 2 p.m. and returns after the dinner. Cost is $99 for Chamber members and $120 for non-members. Reserve your spot by February 9, by calling (434) 845-5966 or emailing

February 23                                                  

Lynchburg Chamber Member Night at Liberty Men’s Basketball vs. Coastal Carolina

Vines Center, Liberty University,

Pre-game hors d’oeuvres to be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Tip-off at 7 p.m.

Cost: $5 for red premium seats for all chamber members—a savings of $10 per ticket.

Pre-register for the event and purchase tickets early using promo code “CHAMBER12”

(all caps) at Call the ticket office at (434) 582-SEAT (7328) for more information.


Lynchburg Regional Chamber’s Women’s Luncheon Series

Westminster Canterbury, 501 V.E.S. Road, Lynchburg,

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Topic: “Building the Ultimate Network”

Speaker: Paula Frazier, Referral Institute

Paula Frazier, International Master Trainer for Referral Institute and bestselling author, will share the four things you need to know to successfully market your business by referral. Reservations required by February 20. Cost is $20 for members, $30 for general admission and includes all materials and lunch. To register, please contact the Chamber at (434) 845-5966 or email

February 29                                                                                    

Lynchburg Regional Chamber’s Central Virginia Industries Council‘s Lunch & Learn

Liberty University Snowflex Lodge, Lynchburg

Noon to 2 p.m.

Topic:  “What OSHA Programs Must a Company Have?”

Facilitator:  Frank Goodwin, Safety Consultant

Learn about what OSHA regulations your company must comply with and what resources are available to your company to help you comply. A no charge, no obligation written inspection is available to all attendees. This session is ideal for safety, compliance, HR and small business leaders. Admission is $12 per person and includes lunch. RSVP by Feb. 27 to (434) 845-5966 or

March 1                                                                                             

Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce Spain Trip Information Session

Lynchburg Regional Chamber Conference Room, 2015 Memorial Avenue, Lynchburg

5:30 to 7 p.m.

Come to this informational meeting and learn more about this exceptional trip.

Highlights of the trip which is scheduled for November 6–14, 2012, include round trip scheduled airfare, seven nights first class accommodations, which includes breakfast daily and five dinners, a Discovery Program Guide, a full day tour of Seville, a tour of Ronda and a trip to the Rock of Gibraltar. Cost: $2,399 per person (based on double occupancy; for single occupancy, add $600). Reservations for the trip are on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, contact Denise Rowland at (434) 845-5968, ext. 21 or

March 7                                                                                        

Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting

Burton Student Center, Lynchburg College, 1501 Lakeside Drive, Lynchburg

7:30 to 9 a.m.

Highlighting the major accomplishments of the Chamber in 2011 and unveiling the 2012 Program of Work which will include two major elements in the life of the Chamber. There will also be recognition of the Chamber’s 50-year members and Premium Investors. Two distinguished awards will also be presented to community leaders. Admission is $20 per person and includes breakfast but members are encouraged to secure corporate tables of six for $225 which includes event recognition. Reservations should be made by March 2 by contacting the Chamber at (434) 845-5966 or emailing

Comments are closed.