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The Help Somebody Hall of Fame



Sandy Sisisky, Board Member, JFS and Weinstein JCC

Katharine Hunt, Youth Life Foundation Richmond

Albert Negrin, Volunteer, CKG Foundation

Patricia Taylor, CNA, Family Lifeline

Robbie Schureman, Volunteer, Virginia Dental Association Foundation

Jocelyn Marencik, Founder, Got Tec! Richmond

Keri Treadway, Teacher, Richmond Public Schools

Susan DeFazio, Prevent A Litter (PAL)

Allen Earehart, Goochland Free Clinic and Family Services

Sara Fender, The Caring Clothes Closet


Michelle Smith, World Pediatric Project

Sam Baronian Jr., Board President, The READ Center

Kris Folgner, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond

Shandra Thompson, Director of Operations and Progams, Dress for Success Central VA

Angela Harper, IEP/IAP Liaiason, Northstar Academy

Marta Lefleor, Volunteer and Board Member, The McShin Foundation

Erin Gardner, Program Coordinator, Connor’s Heroes

Nancy Rossner, Community Tax Law Project

Gail Crawford, Founder, Making a Difference for You (MAD4YU)

Beth Ayn Stansfield, Founder, Stay Strong Virginia



Have you witnessed someone selflessly going out of their way to improve the life of another?  Do you seek a simple way to recognize and commend them for their benevolence?  The Help Somebody Hall of Fame is a platform to express your gratitude for this person and share stories that may inspire others to act with generosityA nonprofit organization could also receive $1000 in honor of the person you nominate (see below).



The inspiration behind the Help Somebody Hall of Fame is Thomas Cannon, a retired postal worker who gave away more than $150,000 over three decades, mostly in thousand-dollar checks, showing that small gestures can make a big impact. He gave to people who demonstrated remarkable courage or generosity, or who experienced a challenging time, often reading about them in the Richmond Times Dispatch.  According to a 2005 Richmond Times Dispatch article published shortly after his death, Thomas Cannon did not want to attach his name to any efforts to carry on his philanthropy.  “What he wanted in his honor and memory, he told the Times-Dispatch, was simple: ‘Help Somebody.’”



Nominations can recognize a nonprofit staff member, client, volunteer, neighbor.…anyone residing in Greater Richmond who you want to commend for making a positive difference.  We’ll add a new name to the Hall of Fame two times each month, and feature their story on ConnectVA.org and through social media.

Take a few minutes to share their name and story by completing a simple nomination form and answering three questions:

1)  How does this person demonstrate the spirit of the “Help Somebody Hall of Fame” – acting selflessly to improve the life of someone else?

2) What is the impact of their generosity?

3) Is there anything else you want to share about your nominee that makes them unique and/or a model for making a positive difference (optional)?



The Nomination form can be found here: http://bit.ly/HelpSomebodyForm



Each quarter, a random drawing will be held and two $1,000 awards will be made to a nonprofit organization, in honor of a nominated outstanding community member (chosen by the nominee).  The award is made possible by an anonymous donor through The Community Foundation serving Richmond and Central Virginia.



Email us at admin@connectva.org

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