Notable Gifts: Mustache 4 Kids Richmond raised more than $207,000 for local children's causes

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 Participants in the “growing season” with Mustache 4 Kids Richmond celebrate raising $207,000 for local children’s causes at the culminating ’Stache Bash at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery.  Karen Gage

Participants in the “growing season” with Mustache 4 Kids Richmond celebrate raising $207,000 for local children’s causes at the culminating ’Stache Bash at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery.

Karen Gage

Mustache 4 Kids Richmond raised more than $207,000 for local children’s causes through last fall’s facial hair-growing campaign.

Their inspiration for growing hair: to help kids who are fighting for their lives, whether due to cancer, other illnesses, abuse or hunger.

“Each (year), we look forward to the opportunity to hang out with old and new friends, raise money to help children in our community and, of course, have a little fun with facial hair,” said Ben Keefer, M4K Richmond board chairman and 2011 Sweetest ’Stache award winner. “Each year, we partner with some of the best children’s charities in Richmond. They do all the hard work helping children and their families in our community. We are happy to help in any way we can.”

With 150 participants growing mustaches and collecting donations, the 2016 campaign raised a record $207,650 to benefit ASK Childhood Cancer FoundationThe Children’s Hospital FoundationGreater Richmond SCANFeedMore and other children’s causes. Since 2003, M4K has raised more than $700,000 to help children in the Richmond community.

“I am grateful for M4K as they do more than just grow mustaches and deliver a check,” said Amy Godkin, executive director of ASK. “The growers raise invaluable awareness for us and the other partner organizations by sharing the story of their hairy look with family, friends, and coworkers.”

CapTech Food Fight raises $15,500 for FeedMore

The annual CapTech Food Fight between corporate and client delivery teams raised $15,500 for FeedMore to help provide some 77,000 meals in central Virginia.

“I was so proud to see all the hard work, generosity and creativity the Food Fight sparked among CapTechers,” said CapTech’s Jeanine Cook. “After the competition was over, it was amazing to reflect on the bigger picture and the realize the impact we were making in our community.”

Launched in 2013, the event has generated a combination of food and funds to provide more than 130,000 meals through FeedMore.

This year, with additional teams joining the fight, the contribution increased by 55 percent. Creative fundraising methods included a polar plunge, a bowl-a-thon, a “skip lunch for hunger” day and donation-matching day.

“CapTech’s tremendous efforts and dedication to our mission is why we’re able to help so many across central Virginia,” said Doug Pick, CEO of FeedMore. “We love the spirit of CapTech’s Food Fight and are truly thankful for their participation and support.”

Poplar Forest awarded $300K matching grant

The Cabell Foundation recently awarded a $300,000 challenge grant to Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest to match donations toward the construction of a new entrance road to the historic house and grounds near Lynchburg.

“Thanks to the generous support of donors inspired by the challenge,” said Jeffrey L. Nichols, president and CEO of Poplar Forest, “we have already raised $205,000 toward the $300,000 (challenge grant) goal.”

Fundraising for the new entrance road is part of the “New Path to Jefferson” capital campaign, which has raised more than $5.85 million of its $6 million goal. Other campaign goals include developing additional support for the restoration of the historic house, programmatic and exhibition expansion, increased promotion of Poplar Forest and investments in the endowment and cash reserve funds.

“This project will be transformational for Poplar Forest,” Nichols said. “The new entrance road will improve access to the property, play a role in preparing visitors for the experience they will have once on-site and provide new opportunities for interpretation that will help us to tell the full story of Poplar Forest — Thomas Jefferson, his family and the enslaved people of the plantation. It will also allow us to open nearly 600 acres of Mr. Jefferson’s original land to the public for the first time.”

Vehicle pull-offs, paths and trail spurs accessed from the parkway will allow visitors to explore the agricultural and natural landscapes on the plantation. The project also includes a system of walking and hiking trails on the property for the public to use for their relaxation and exercise, just as Thomas Jefferson did 200 years ago.

Campaign raises more than $45,000 for Haiti relief

Sigora Solar, a Waynesboro-based solar energy provider, and Sigora Haiti have raised more than $45,000 for Haiti relief through a GoFundMe campaign and a portion of the profits from projects in the Richmond, Charlottesville and Washington, D.C., areas.

The donations bought roofing materials, water purification tablets and seed pods for moringa trees to 1,070 families in three remote Haitian communities that were still suffering from the ravages of Hurricane Matthew.

“Our organization began working in Haiti in December 2015 to set up a micro grid in Mole-Saint-Nicolas, a town of 5,000 people that had never had electricity before. And Sigora Haiti was on its way to expanding that effort by building a microgrid to serve another 300,000 people. But the devastation to the people on this island is taking precedence at this time,” said Bob Rouse, co-owner of Sigora Solar.

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