Author: The Doorways Staff

‘Splatter That Matters’ Announced by The Doorways

Richmond, VA – The Doorways, formerly known as Hospital Hospitality House of Richmond, has long been known for its annual signature events including SAVOR, Fancy Hat Party and the Gilbane Restaurant Walk. Today, The Doorways’ staff and Board of Directors is excited to announce its newest signature event, ‘Splatter that Matters’, a corporate paintball tournament to be held on April 16, 2016 at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Camp.

“This day of f2015_logo_finalun at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Camp is truly a different way to give back,” said J.C. Poma, Community Outreach Manager of The Doorways. “We’re excited to partner with Three One One Productions, SMG Richmond and The Doorways Young Professionals Council for Richmond’s newest office party.”

Featuring different organizations from across the Richmond region, each team of ten will have their own office party space for the day within the team village and is guaranteed at least 4 paintball games against other area organizations. Each game will take place on the field at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Camp and will feature a competition style paintball field produced by KPS Paintball.

Click here for more information on both sponsorship and team registration information.

For more information on The Doorways or ‘Splatter That Matters’, please contact J.C. Poma at The Doorways, 804-828-6901 ext. 150 or jpoma@thedoorways.org.

The Doorways Announces Officers for Inaugural Young Professionals Council

(Richmond, VA) – Nine months ago The Doorways, formerly Hospital Hospitality House, introduced its inaugural Young Professionals Council to its staff, Board of Directors, dedicated supporters and the Richmond community.

The Young Professionals Council is a dynamic group of individuals united by a desire to increase the visibility, understanding and community support of The Doorways in the RVA community.

After focusing on recruiting new members, as well as the group’s first signature event, The Doorways has recently announced its first slate of officers for the Young Professionals Council. The group of officers was confirmed on September 9, 2015 with a term length of one-year, except for the President Elect position, which is a two-year term.

President: Britt Smith, Big River Advertising Agency

Vice-President/President Elect: Katherine Coleman, Attorney

Secretary: Rebecca Holloway, VCU Center for Human-Animal Interaction

Membership Chair: Matt Williams, Heritage Wealth

Public Relations Chair: Juliana Comer, Richmond Region Tourism

Event Chair: Angela Neiman, Main Street Law Offices

“We are very pleased to announce Britt, Katherine, Rebecca, Matt, Juliana and Angela as tremendous ambassadors for The Doorways”, said J.C. Poma, Community Outreach Manager for The Doorways. “Their knowledge of the RVA community, their passion, as well as their past experience as committee members with other organizations, will definitely serve our Young Professionals Council well”.

For more information on The Doorways Young Professional Council or to apply for membership, visit http://www.thedoorways.org/about/young-professionals-council/.

The Food Network’s Jeff Corwin Highlights SAVOR 2015 Benefiting The Doorways

SAVOR 2015, an annual event held this year at The Jefferson Hotel, raised $304,077 to benefit The Doorways, formerly Hospital Hospitality House. The funds raised through SAVOR provide lodging, meals and other support services to the almost eight thousand individuals and families in medical crisis who stay at The Doorways each year.

Originally created in 2009 to celebrate The Doorways’ 25th anniversary, SAVOR has grown into one of the most anticipated annual even
ts in Richmond—a unique dining experience unlike any previously seen in Virginia. Now in its seventh year, SAVOR brings together award-winning chefs from coast to coast for an epicurean evening—all to benefit The Doorways, formerly Hospital Hospitality House. Guests are treated to a unique gourmet dining experience, silent and live auctions featuring fine wines, gracious home entertainment packages, dinners at top restaurants, and travel and sports options.

“We are overwhelmed by the support and dedication to our mission at this year’s SAVOR event” said Stacy Brinkley, president/CEO of The DoorwRTD 5ays. “SAVOR 2015 was a culmination of months of hard work by the participating chefs, SAVOR committee members, staff and Board of Directors”.

This year’s celebrated lineup featured Jeff Corwin, host of Food Network’s primetime series Extreme Cuisine, Chef Bryan Voltaggio, a finalist on both Top Chef (Season 6) and Top Chef Masters (Season 5), and Chef Justin Ross, runner-up on Top Chef All-Stars and Food & Wine’s the Peoples Best New Chef for the Mid-Atlantic. Also taking part in the evening were many of RVA’s best restaurants and chefs including Chef Brittanny Anderson of Metzger Bar and Butchery, Chef Xavier Meers of Brux’l Café, Chef Will Richardson of Shoryuken Ramen, Thomas “T” Leggett of  The Roosevelt, Southern Season, Zeus Gallery Café, Osaka, Rappahannock Oyster Company, Belle Isle Craft Spirits, Free Run Wine Merchants, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and Devil’s Backbone Brewery. The event was emceed by Andrew Freiden and the auction was hosted by Mark Motley.

“To see this lineup of chefs, restaurants and community partners, in one room, all supporting such a fantastic organization is really remarkable”, said Mark Herndon, Owner of Buckhead’s Chophouse and SAVOR Chair Emeritus/Co-Founder. “It is great for the Richmond food community”.

(Jeff Corwin at SAVOR 2015 showcasing an octopus during his featured course)

SAVOR 2016 will be held on September 24, 2016 at The Jefferson Hotel. For tickets and sponsorship information, please contact J.C. Poma at The Doorways, 804-828-6901 ext. 150 or jpoma@thedoorways.org.

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Guest makes new website possible for The Doorways

Richmond, VA – In August, The Doorways, formally Hospital Hospitality House, launched their new website with the help of some friends at CapTech Consulting. The site, www.thedoorways.org, is supporting the new brand of The Doorways, which was designed to modernize the facility, better support volunteer and donor engagement and most importantly, improve the experience for guests that are away from home due to illness, or that of a loved one.

The Doorways provides affordable accommodations for people who live outside of Richmond and need to be near Richmond area hospitals.  One of CapTech Consulting’s employees, and a former Doorways guest, Brendon Cornwell and his wife, were looking for a way to give back to The Doorways after a three-month stay when their infant was critically ill. In hopes of making a significant positive impact, he partnered with CapTech, to provide pro bono digital services to the non-profit. “The Doorways became one constant in the day-to-day challenges our son faced,” said Brendon. “It really eased the burden of having to leave our son at night – knowing we were just a few minutes away.”

The non-profit depends on 800-1000 volunteers every year, and “the new website plays a critical role in the rebranding and modernization of how we help our guests and engage our community,” says J.C. Poma, Community Outreach Manager of The Doorways. “Now we can better tell our story on a local level and build brand recognition among potential volunteers and donors.”

David Kearfott, also of CapTech, worked with The Doorways to help moCapTechdernize and create a mobile friendly version of their website. The new site enables volunteers to view opportunities and apply online, and gives a platform to informdonors and facilitate online giving.

Other features of the refreshed site include a new contact form allowing for general inquiries from guests, volunteers and donors. “In the first week of the site’s launch,” says Poma, “someone in the RVA community reached out to donate toiletries to guests.” An enhanced overview of the guest experience was also introduced so that guests who stay a week, or several months, will know what to expect. Additionally, the eight hospitals that refer guests to the Doorways are featured. From a maintenance perspective, The Doorways was empowered with the ability to easily update the site, access Google analytics and measure the way their initiatives are impacting operations.

Continued enhancements are planned for future releases. To learn more about The Doorways, visit the new site at www.thedoorways.org.

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Contact:
J.C. Poma, Community Outreach Manager
The Doorways – Formerly Hospital Hospitality House of Richmond, Inc.
612 E. Marshall Street | Richmond, VA 23219
Phone 804-828-6901 Ext. 150
E-mail jpoma@TheDoorways.org

SAVOR 2015 Chef Lineup Announced

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Originally created in 2009 to celebrate the The Doorways’ 25th anniversary, SAVOR has grown into one of the most anticipated annual events in Richmond—a unique
dining experience unlike any previously seen in Virginia. SAVOR brings together award-winning chefs from coast to coast for an epicurean evening—all to benefit The
Doorways, formerly Hospital Hospitality House. Guests are treated to a unique gourmet dining experience, silent and live auctions featuring fine wines, gracious home entertainment packages, dinners at top restaurants, and travel and sports options. SAVOR 2015 will be held on Saturday, October 17th at the 5-Star Historic Jefferson Hotel. For tickets, click here! 

SAVOR 2015 Featured Chefs

Featured Presenter: Jeff Corwin

Emmy-winning television host Jeff Corwin has worked for the conservation of endangered species and natural resources around the globe. He’s also a passionate explorer of human culture and regional cuisine and, as the host of Food Network’s primetime series Extreme Cuisine, Chef Corwin embarks on culinary adventures and samples indigenous foods throughout the world.

Chef Bryan Voltaggio
A finalist on both Top Chef (Season 6) and Top Chef Masters (Season 5), Chef Bryan Voltaggio staged at Aureole restaurant in New York with his mentor Chef Charlie Palmer. He then worked in France at a Michelin three-star restaurant and later as executive chef at Charlie Palmer Steak House in Washington, DC. Returning to his hometown of Frederick, Maryland, he opened VOLT restaurant and is now co-owner and chef at five other restaurants._MG_0576 (id) (1)

Chef Justin Ross
Justin Ross began his career at a young age working in the kitchens of such institutions as South Mountain Inn and Birches Restaurant. He quickly became known for his innovative leadership and was recruited by Chef Richard Hamilton to run Tidewater Inn’s Restaurant Local and its 17,000 bottle wine cellar. In 2008, Justin moved to Washington D.C. and joined ThinkfoodGroup’s Zaytina and Spanish Tapas restaurant, Jaleo. Training under Jose Andres and Head Chef Mike Isabella, Ross continued to garner accolades including runner-up on Top Chef All-Stars and Food & Wine’s the Peoples Best New Chef for the Mid-Atlantic.

SAVOR 2015 Action Station Chefs

Chef Brittanny Anderson
Metzger Bar and Butchery, Richmond

Chef Patrick Carey
Zeus Gallery Café, Richmond

Chef Xavier Meers
Brux’l Café, Richmond

Chef Will Richardson
Shoryuken Ramen, Richmond

Dany Schutte, Cheesemonger, ACS, CCP
Southern Season, Richmond

Oyster Bar Compliments of Rappahannock Restaurant

Sushi Bar Compliments of Osaka

Beer compliments of Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and Devils Backbone Brewery

Wine compliments of Free Run Wine Merchants

Hors d’oeuvre compliments of Brian Coates, Jannequin Bennett of Everyday Gourmet & Patrick Ehemann of The Jefferson Hotel

Desserts compliments of Gearhart’s Chocolates, Pierre Tocco of Desserterie, & Sara Aayash of The Jefferson Hotel.

Chefs will be assisted by Culinary Arts students at J. Sargeant Reynolds

Disney On Ice and The Doorways Plan Local Celebration for Deserving Children

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Skate Party Celebrates 150,000 Guests Served at Medical Hospitality House

RICHMOND – Some very deserving children in Richmond will be treated to a special experience on Friday, September 11, as Disney On Ice rolls into town.  Disney On Ice performers will join with The Doorways to host a glittering skate party at the Richmond Coliseum celebrating 150,000 guests served.  The Doorways, founded in 1984, provides affordable accommodations for people who live outside of Richmond and need to be near our area hospitals.  Children and their families presently residing at The Doorways will have an opportunity to skate with performers, and meet some of the stars of the show!

The Doorways could not be more thrilled to partner with Disney On Ice and give our guests a magical experience while they are staying with us,” said Stacy Brinkley, President/CEO of The Doorways. “What better way to celebrate our 150,000 guests served than to see them interact with characters from Disney On Ice, an organization so dedicated to bringing joy and happiness to the lives of others.”

Disney On Ice is honored to have the opportunity to celebrate the courage of these families along with  the decades of quiet service by The Doorways for those seeking hope and comfort away from home,” said Brad Timberlake, Regional Vice President for Feld Entertainment.  “We are glad to highlight the work of the organization, and the courage of these families.”

In Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic, the legacy of Disney is displayed through 14 entertaining and inspiring stories in this epic production that features an international team of award-winning figure skaters, high-energy choreography and a breathtaking set.  With over 30 melodious masterpieces such as “Let It Go!,” “You’ve Got A Friend in Me” and “Hakuna Matata,” this show is the ultimate Disney fan experience.

Event Details

Who: The Doorways Skate Party with Disney On Ice performers at the Richmond Coliseum

What: Event to celebrate the children and their families who are guests at The Doorways

When: Friday, September 11, 2015 at 1:30 p.m.

Where: Richmond Coliseum, 601 East Leigh Street, Richmond, VA 23219

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Richmond Show Details

Venue: Richmond Coliseum, 601 East Leigh Street, Richmond, VA 23219

Date and Time of Performances:

Thursday, September 10 – 7:00PM

Friday, September 11 – 7:00PM

Saturday, September 12 – 11:00AM, 3:00PM, 7:00PM

Sunday, September 13 – 11:00PM, 3:00PM

To order tickets by phone:                            800.745.3000

To order tickets online:                                 www.ticketmaster.com

The Altria Companies Employee Community Fund Awards The Doorways $40,000.00 Grant

Richmond, VA – The Doorways, formerly known as Hospital Hospitality House, has recently been awarded a $40,000.00 grant from the Altria Companies Employee Community Fund.

The grant will support the costs of providing lodging services to veterans and their families facing a medical crisis. “This amount underwrites the lodging costs for up to 800 veterans and their families”, said J.C. Poma, Community Outreach Manager for The Doorways.

“This is great for our house, it’s great for the RVA community, and it’s great for our outstanding partnership with Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center,” said Stacy Brinkley, president/CEO of The Doorways. “We’re also thrilled and grateful to have the employees of Altria Companies as supporters and friends as we continue to improve upon our vision of providing an overnight refuge of compassion and support for our veteran guests and all of our other guests who need to be close to the hospital but not far from the feeling of home.”

For more information on The Doorways or the Altria Companies Employee Community Fund, please contact J.C. Poma at The Doorways, 804-828-6901 ext. 150 or jpoma@thedoorways.org.

About The Doorways: The Doorways provides lodging and non-medical services to families and individuals in medical crisis. Guests are referred by physicians, staff and social workers from area hospitals. Since The Doorways opened its doors in 1984, it has served more than 150,000 guests from across Virginia, the United States and beyond. The Doorways mission is to provide lodging and support for patients and their loved ones who need to be close to Richmond hospitals but not far from the feeling of home.

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Three Join The Doorways Board of Directors

Richmond, VA – The Doorways, formerly known as Hospital Hospitality House, has recently announced the appointment of three new members of its Board of Directors as well as the full slate of officers and board members for Fiscal Year 2015-16.

 

Joining the Board of Directors are Joe LaBella, John Poma and Bobby Whitten. “All three of our newest Board members bring talent, expertise and energy to The Doorways. We are very fortunate to have them on our team as we continue to develop a place where community generosity and compassionate care come together to support our guests during a time of healing and need”, said Stacy Brinkley, President/CEO of The Doorways.

 

Joe LaBella is Sales Manager for Dominion Payroll Services and is an active volunteer, also holding positions with other nonprofits including United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg and CARITAS.

 

John Poma is Chief Human Resources Officer for The College of William and Mary. Prior to William and Mary he was President of Richmond based N1 Health, LLC. and Chief Administrative Officer for Massey Energy Company.

 

Bobby Whitten returns to The Doorways after previously serving as Chairman of its Board of Directors. He is the Owner Whitten Bros Inc. and Whitten Bros of Ashland.

 

For more information on The Doorways or this year’s slate of Board of Directors, please contact J.C. Poma at The Doorways, 804-828-6901 ext. 150 or jpoma@thedoorways.org.

 

The slate of board members for 2015-16 is listed below.

 

Chairman                    Wyatt Beazley, IV

Chair Elect                  Melissa Ball

Treasurer                    Kelli Meadows

Secretary                    Cathy Plotkin

Directors

Maureen Denlea     

Earl Ferguson            

Linda Georgiadis      

Marsha Ginther       

Lynn Green               

Mark Herndon         

Marcos Irigaray        

Joe LaBella                 

John Lewis                 

Ginny Little        

Beth McClelland

Brett Mutnick

Nicholas Pace

John Poma

Marianne Radcliffe

Jamie Sutton

John Syer

Kate Van Sumeren

Bobby Whitten

Wanda Yu

 

About The Doorways: The Doorways provides lodging and non-medical services to families and individuals in medical crisis. Guests are referred by physicians, staff and social workers from area hospitals. Since The Doorways opened its doors in 1984, it has served more than 150,000 guests from across Virginia, the United States and beyond. The Doorways mission is to provide lodging and support for patients and their loved ones who need to be close to Richmond hospitals but not far from the feeling of home.

 

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