Briefs April 2017

Special Olympics

Local Athletes Return Home

From Special Olympics World Games

Craig Licorish in the middle.

Two local speed skaters returned home last month from the Special Olympics World Winter Games held in Austria with more than just incredible stories. They brought home the Gold, the Silver and the Bronze in speed skating competitions.

Craig Licorish took home bronze medals in the 777M, and the 500M. A 10-year veteran of Special Olympics, Craig couldn’t wait to attend his first World Games, travel abroad and learn about other countries and people.

Christina Dryer earned gold in the 333M, and the silver in the 222M. Christina, 27, has been involved in Special Olympics for 16 sixteen. This was her first time participating in World Games.

“My family and I are so very proud of Craig and his awesome accomplishment!” Craig’s mother, Lyndrea Munnerlyn said. “His journey to Austria to compete in the World Games gave him the opportunity to not just be a part of a worldwide event, but to take another step towards becoming an adult by travelling abroad without his family, by having to be responsible for important documents, such as his passport, and learning how watch out for his fellow teammates.”

Christina in the center.

In addition to the two local athletes, the Virginia team included Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg Runner, Christiansburg Police Department Investigator Maureen McClanahan; medical team volunteer, Dave Pawlowski, Special Olympics Virginia’s vice president of programs; speed skating coach, Kurt Krumreich of Virginia Beach; Sargent Shriver International Global messenger David Egan; and Global Messenger mentor, David Thomason.

Two other Richmond-area nonprofits also participated in the Games’ opening and closing ceremonies – Miracles in Motion and SPARC the School of Performing Arts in the Richmond Community. Taylor Carpenter, one of two local athletes who danced with Miracles in Motion, also is a Special Olympics Virginia basketball player. She earned a silver medal at the Games. Additionally, Mechanicsville-native Jason Mraz performed during the Games’ Opening Ceremony.

More than 2,700 athletes and 1,100 coaches representing 107 countries, along with 3,000 volunteers and thousands more spectators, participated in this year’s World Winter Games. This was the second time Austria has hosted the World Winter Games, having also staged the event in 1993. ESPN was the official broadcast partner of the 2017 Special Olympics World Games, allowing millions around the world to watch the competitions. Special Olympics World Summer Games 2019 will be held in Abu Dhabi.


Brook Hill Festival

At Emmanuel Episcopal


Emmanuel Episcopal Church

This two-day event in late April highlights one of Northside’s most iconic structures—Emmanuel Episcopal Church at Brook Hill.

The festival kicks off Friday from 6-8 pm with a candlelight dinner catered by The Speakeasy Grill. Tickets are $50. Edwin Slipek, senior contributing editor for STYLE, will speak. There will a strolling violinist serenading the diners. Throughout the evening candlelight tours of the cemetery, and tours of the historic church will be conducted.

The fun continues on Saturday from 10 to 4 with opening remarks by Fairfield District Supervisor Frank Thornton. There will also be an eclectic car show, vendors of all kinds, Jonathan the Juggler, Acca Temple Shriners car patrols and clowns, the Midnight Ukulele Society, the Richmond Urban Dancers, singer Olivia Morgayne, the Neons, the John Marshall High Cadet Alumni Band, and more than fifty vendors sell wares of every description. Plus: a Drum Circle led by drummer and guitarist Cory Blake.

And, of course, glorious food, including Red, White and Blue Brunswick stew; Route 1 hamburgers and hot dogs, bake sale items and Gelati Celesti ice cream.

The event will be held 5-8 pm, April 28, and 10-4, April 29. Emmanuel Episcopal Church at Brook Hill, 1214 Wilmer Avenue, Richmond, VA 23227.



CSz Richmond/ComedySportz

Hosts Annual Shave A Life To

Benefit St. Baldrick’s Foundation


St. Baldrick's annual Shave A Life at CSz Richmond, home of Comedy Sportz.

This annual fundraiser for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation just keeps getting bigger and better! Join CSz Richmond as two teams of improv heavyweights battle it out for points and laughs in a comedy match with raised stakes – somebody’s going home bald, along with a bunch of loyal fans.  Hosted by CSz Richmond – Home of ComedySportz, Shave a Life 2017 will be held Friday, April 28 from 8-11 pm at 8906 W Broad St, Richmond, Virginia 23294.

Come and watch the show! Just being there helps the cause! Make reservations for the event at

Shave your head with us after the show and actively help us raise funds! You know you’ve always wanted to do it! Now’s your chance to go bald and have it help children in need at the same time! Visit our event page on the St. Baldrick’s website to sign up!   and click on JOIN US!

Get your co-workers to join you and challenge your competition to do the same!! A friendly battle to see which company can raise the most only means more money for the kids!

And if you can’t shave your head, and you can’t come to watch; you can still help! Please visit us online and help us raise a record breaking amount to help fight childhood cancers. Go to  and click on DONATE!

For more information call (804) 266-9377 or write us at



Sheltering Arms Rehab Institute

Receives COPN Approval to Build New Hospital


Rendering of new Sheltering Arms Rehab Institute.

Sheltering Arms Hospital and VCU Health System last month announced today the state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Marissa Levine, has approved Sheltering Arms Rehab Institute’s application for a certificate of public need to build a new 114-bed rehabilitation hospital through the relocation of inpatient rehabilitation beds from VCU Health System, Sheltering Arms Hospital in Hanover and Sheltering Arms Hospital in Midlothian.      The joint venture combines inpatient beds from both organizations to create a multimillion dollar state-of-the-art destination hospital focused on caring for individuals who have survived strokes, spinal cord injuries or brain injuries, as well as those in need of general rehabilitation or various neurological diseases and disorders. Sheltering Arms Rehab Institute will be located on a 25-acre site in the West Creek Medical Park off Broad Street Road, just east of the state Route 288 interchange.

“In the new hospital, we’re bringing together advanced technology, research, and evidenced-based clinical care,  in a spacious, green setting that will facilitate our joint goal of enhanced outcomes for our patients,” said Mary Zweifel, CEO of Sheltering Arms.

VCU Health System and Sheltering Arms Hospital are the oversight and decision-making body of the Sheltering Arms Rehab Institute’s board of managers. This leadership group’s next steps will be to review and approve design and operational plans for a proposed fall 2020 opening.

Bringing together the brand and clinical reputation of Sheltering Arms and the nationally-ranked programs of the VCU Health System will make physical rehabilitative care in Virginia among the nation’s best. “This joint venture will simultaneously advance research and clinical training to provide unparalleled quality of care for rehabilitation hospital patients,” said Deborah Davis, CEO of VCU Hospitals and Clinics.

Sheltering Arms has two hospitals and 11 outpatient centers, as well as community-based programs that include recreational therapy and fitness. VCU Health System treats patients at several area locations, including its facilities at the VCU Medical Center in downtown Richmond, at Stony Point and at the VCU Sports Medicine Clinic adjacent to the Siegel Center. All outpatient services will operate separately for now and into the foreseeable future.


Hanover Book Festival

April 22 in Mechanicsville


Reading books has never been more important, particularly in this age of willful ignorance and alternative facts. Stay informed, widen your base of knowledge, and read. The Hanover Book Festival will be held 10-2 pm April 22 8460 Times Dispatch Drive in Mechanicsville. It is free and open to the public.

Come and greet dozens of current authors, go to a workshop for aspiring writers, and browse books. For every four you buy, you’ll receive a free book. There will be a silent auction and assorted children’s activities.

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