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Join Us for the 9th Annual Survivor Celebration on October 3 

Jody Kerns head shotMake plans now to join us for our 9th Annual Survivor Celebration on Friday, October 3. Each year, we gather for a special luncheon to celebrate breast cancer survivors who have been diagnosed, fought through treatment, and come out on the other side surviving and thriving! This is a unique opportunity for survivors, their co-survivors, and guests to network, celebrate, pamper themselves, and support each other during an afternoon at Richmond’s landmark Jefferson Hotel.

The theme for this year is “Laughter is the best medicine!” Come hear comedian, breast cancer survivor, and The View “Funniest Housewife in America” finalist, Jody Kerns, share why humor and a positive outlook can make a difference in living life to the fullest, even when facing cancer. When she’s done, your cheeks and sides will hurt!

Tickets are $25 for breast cancer survivors and $35 for all other guests. Tables of 10 may be purchased for $250. This is one of our most popular and inspirational events each year, so don’t wait to get tickets.

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Be amazing. Support Komen Central VA during The Amazing Raise!

2014 Amazing RaiseSave the date! Komen Central Virginia is participating in The Amazing Raise on September 17 and 18... and we need your support! Help us win the Sunrise Special $1,000 Bonus Prize by making a minimum $25 donation to Komen Central Virginia at 6:54 AM on Thursday, September 18. The organization with the donation closest to the official sunrise will win the prize.

Hosted by The Community Foundation, The Amazing Raise is a two-day online giving event designed to elevate and celebrate the work of local nonprofits while hoping to raise a total of $2 million this year.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay in the loop as The Amazing Raise draws near.

For more information about The Amazing Raise, please visit TheAmazingRaise.org.

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Event Spotlight

With National Breast Cancer Awareness Month just around the corner, the community is organizing many events to celebrate breast cancer survivors and honor those who have lost their battle to the disease. Listed below are a few of those events that we would like to highlight. Make sure to check out our Events page for a full listing of all the activities.

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We are thrilled that Pretty Muddy has selected Komen Central Virginia as the preferred charitable partner of their September 20 Richmond event.

Pretty Muddy will donate $5 for every registration made using coupon code KOMEN. Click here to register. Make sure to enter KOMEN in the coupon code box on the Review Cart screen (step #4). Pretty Muddy is also offering free registrations for breast cancer survivors (use coupon code SURVIVOR). Contact our office at 804-320-1772 for more information. 

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The Susan G. Komen Ride for the Cure® is a trail ride where the greater community of horse enthusiasts work to help us achieve our promise - to save lives and end breast cancer forever.

Ride participants raise funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrate breast cancer survivorship, and honor those who have lost their battle with the disease. This year is the 6th Annual Ride for the Cure® Virginia and will be held on Sunday, September 21 at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va.

Click here for more information or to register.

2014 Bachelor Auction


The 5th Annual Bachelor Auction & Shop for the Cure on October 3 at 7:30 PM at The Omni Richmond Downtown is an event you won't want to miss! Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, and the hottest bachelors Richmond has to offer. Admission is $20 for advance tickets or $25 at the door.

Click here for more information.

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Spirited Art has planned a night of creativity and fun to benefit Komen Central Virginia. Spirited Art instructors will coach participants as they paint a Monet "Printemps." Up to 50% of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Affiliate.

Click here for more information.

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Dylan Whitesel and Sanzio Angeli created Rocket4theCure as a way to combine their love for model rocketry with community citizenship. Their event will raise money for breast cancer research, awareness, and treatment, and will benefit Komen Central Virginia.

And while they're at it, they plan to break a world record! On Saturday, October 18, Dylan and Sanzio hope to launch over 4,000 model rockets simultaneously. The current world record is 3,130. Rockets can be sponsored for $10. The event will be held at Clover Hill High School.

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2014 Pink Tie Gala


The 8th Annual Pink Tie Gala is on Saturday, October 25. Enjoy a night of great food, dancing to live music, a silent auction, and The Celebration of Life Dance Team, featuring Komen Central Virginia Board President Lynn Kirk and Komen Central Virginia Board Member Dr. Billy Irvin!

The Pink Tie Gala raises funds for breast cancer screenings, treatment, and education programs, as well as national research programs.

Click here for more information.


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During the month of October, both Max's on Broad and Tarrant's Cafe will be holding a Pink Menu Event. For each special pink menu item purchased in October, the restaurants will donate $1 to Komen Central Virginia.

Click here for more information on Max's on Broad. Click here for more information on Tarrant's Cafe.

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A Great Loss to the Breast Cancer Community

Ellen Shaw

We are stunned and saddened about the passing of Dr. Ellen Shaw de Paredes. Ellen was a tremendous partner with community organizations in our fight against breast cancer. She was a true champion of women's breast health, working to provide much needed breast care to women in need. Komen has been proud to support Ellen's Free Mammography Outreach Program.

Our thoughts are with her family and the professional family at Paredes Institute and Paredes Foundation.

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Volunteer Spotlight:  Shirley Helm

2014 September - Volunteer Spotlight - Shirley HelmHers is a story of irony. Volunteering as a dedicated Komen Grant Review Committee member and chair and working in clinical research services at VCU, Shirley Helm surprisingly received her own diagnosis of breast cancer in 2009.

Shirley first connected with Komen Central Virginia in 2002, when a friend invited her to a volunteer recruitment event.  She saw that Komen was an organization committed to the improvement of health care for the underserved and that a large percentage of the monies Komen raised from the community stayed within the community.   Shirley felt that her skillset meshed best with the grant application review process that Komen was defining at that time and signed on.  Little did she know that 12 years later she would still be involved with Komen’s mission - both from a personal standpoint as well as through the Affiliate’s grant program. 

Shirley says “It has been a joy to be a small part of the evolution of the grant process - from education of those submitting grants, to expansion of the grantee pool, increased monies for projects which serve the local community, grantee site visits (a highlight of the committee),  the grantee awards luncheon, and the list goes on.”

Once she was diagnosed with breast cancer, Shirley experienced firsthand what Komen truly means to many, many women.  Dealing personally with breast cancer makes her feel more connected to those whom Komen serves. She says, “I truly believe I am one of the fortunate ones who was diagnosed early, had access to a tremendous health care team, a loving family, strong support at work, a faith support system, and Komen friends and resources. I can only hope this for everyone diagnosed with breast cancer and feel strongly that Komen provides as much of this as possible to those who may not be as fortunate as I.”

Komen Central Virginia is thankful for the leadership Shirley has given to our Grants Program through her many years of service, strengthening our investment in breast cancer and breast health services in Central Virginia.

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Get Involved

Make sure to check the list below for information about upcoming Komen activities and third party events and promotions. Click here for additional information about any of the events or promotions listed below.

Click here to learn more about fundraising for Komen.

Wacoal Fit for the Cure®: September 12 at Belk Spotsylvania Mall, September 18 at Belk Charlottesville, October 29 at Dillard's Short Pump Town Center, October 30 at Dillard's Stony Point Fashion Park

Pretty Muddy Run: September 20

6th Annual Ride for the Cure® Virginia: September 21

9th Annual Survivor Celebration: October 3

5th Annual Charity Bachelor Auction: October 3

Rocket 4 the Cure: October 18

Blood and Guts Run: October 25 - An all-ages event that encourages participants to fight their way through a unique course by climbing over the Walls of Death, zooming down the Water Slide, and trudging through Blood Filled Foam!

8th Annual Pink Tie Gala: October 25

Pink Menu Event at Max's on Broad and Tarrant's Cafe: October


Capitol Clothing Recyclers - Clothing for the Cure: Capitol Clothing Recyclers will donate $.05 per pound of the gross receipts of donated clothing, shoes, textiles, blankets, sheets, and household items with a minimum donation of $10,000 per calendar year.

Dixie Gas & Oil Corporation - Delivering for a Cure: For every gallon of propane dispensed from the specially painted tank trucks, Dixie Gas will donate one cent to Komen Central Virginia. Since 2010, Dixie Gas & Oil has donated more than $23,000 to Komen Central Virginia.

Impact Insurance: Impact Insurance will donate $25 to Komen Central Virginia for each person receives a home and auto quote. Please make sure to mention Komen Central Virginia when requesting your quote.

Melwood Charity Car Donation Center: Donate your used car, van, truck, boat with a trailer, or recreational vehicle to the Central Virginia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. It’s as easy as filling out our online donation form. Vehicles accepted in any condition!

Parrish Services: Parrish Services of Manassas, VA is running a 1-year promotion to benefit Komen Central Virginia. During the promotional period, Parrish will display the Komen Central Virginia logo on one of their delivery vans and will donate a penny per mile traveled by the van.

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Central Virginia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen®
1433 Johnston Willis Drive, Richmond, VA 23235

Phone: 804-320-1772 · Fax: 804-320-1774 · Email: info@komencentralva.org
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