Celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson to Headline SAVOR 2017

SAVOR 2017 has announced its headlining chef, and it’s none other than Chef Marcus Samuelsson, the winner of multiple James Beard Foundation Awards including Best Chef: New York City; in May 2016 he was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s “Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America.” And he is the youngest person to ever receive a three-star review from The New York Times. A committed philanthropist, Samuelsson’s participation in SAVOR 2017 will help raise significant funds for The Doorways, a Richmond nonprofit that makes it possible for thousands of people to access life-saving medical care in RVA each year.

Food television fans will remember Samuelsson as the winner of television shows “Top Chef Masters” and “Chopped All Stars”, and as a mentor on ABC’s “The Taste”. Samuelsson co-produced Harlem EatUp!, a food and culture festival launched in Harlem, New York in 2015, and founded the website Food Republic. He is the author of The New York Times bestselling memoir Yes, Chef, the young adult version, Make It Messy, Marcus Off Duty cookbook, and his newest book, The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem, released in October 2016. He is the Chef/Co-Owner of Red Rooster Harlem and Streetbird Rotisserie, both in New York City. He opened Marcus’ at MGM National Harbor outside of Washington, DC in December 2016 and has announced the opening of Red Rooster Shoreditch in East London.

About SAVOR 2017: Now in its ninth year, SAVOR is a one-of-a-kind fine dining and fundraising experience where regionally- and nationally-acclaimed chefs take over the kitchens at The Jefferson Hotel to create and prepare a wide-variety of small plates, a unique three-course seated dinner and dessert. The evening also features silent and live auctions packages, several of which are donated personally by the featured chefs and afford the winning bidders their very own custom-dining experiences. Tickets for SAVOR 2017, which will be held at The Jefferson Hotel on Saturday, October 7, will go on sale in July. For sponsorship opportunities please contact Sarah Tunner, Director of Development at [email protected] or visit our event page.


Guest Stories: Greyhound to Richmond

When Albert C. needs specialized medical care, he hops the Greyhound bus from rural Nathalie, Virginia (pop. 183), to downtown Richmond and stays at The Doorways.

It’s a routine he knows well. Heart issues, kidney dialysis and an ongoing evaluation for a kidney transplant make him a regular patient at VCU Health and a frequent guest of The Doorways.

Even when he has to catch an insomnia-inducing 5:30 a.m. bus to get back to Nathalie in time for choir practice, you’ll hear no complaints from Albert. He feels blessed.

Six years ago he found out about The Doorways from a social worker and was amazed at the home away from home he found: the fully stocked kitchen, the 24-hour laundry facilities, the TV lounge with his favorite movies, and an inviting library with books that beckoned him to cozy up and stay a while.

“They provide you everything here,” says Albert, a former operating room medical attendant who is now unable to work. The Doorways offers unrivaled hospitality while lifting a financial burden, for which he’s grateful. “If it weren’t for The Doorways, I’d really be lost. I’d have nowhere to stay.”

Albert makes the most of his down time at The Doorways. You might find him catching a western on the big TV, or reading a book about World War II or getting on the computer to research all the history that Richmond has to offer. Just as easily you might find him playing bingo with other guests.
Or, you might find Albert, an experienced cook, prepping a meal in The Doorways kitchen — even when other obligations mean he can’t stay for the fruits of his labor. “The last time I was here,” he says, smiling, “I cooked a turkey.” A staff member made sure it got out of the oven in time and on the table for his fellow guests to enjoy.

Albert finds it easy to give back to The Doorways.

“I feel great when I’m here,” he says.


Carla Davis is a writer and editor living in Richmond.

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Potomac Health Foundation Awards Grant to The Doorways

 “Potomac Health Foundation Awards Grants to Improve Community Health”


WOODBRIDGE, VIRGINIA, June 13, 2016 – Potomac Health Foundation awarded grants to 25 programs serving residents of eastern Prince William County, Lorton, and North Stafford communities through its Howard L. Greenhouse Large Grant Program. The Howard L. Greenhouse Large Grant Program addresses the Foundation’s mission to improve the health of the community by awarding grants to programs that strengthen access to primary health care for medically underserved residents, reduce the impact of preventable illness and disease, and support innovation around emerging health needs.

In total, the Foundation Board of Directors awarded a total of $2,687,748 in grants. Grant amounts ranged from $19,323 to $257,000 and were awarded through a competitive application process. Grants are awarded for up to three years on an annual basis.  Of the 25 grants awarded, six are first year grants; the remaining 19 programs are receiving grants for the second or third year. Two agencies are receiving grants for the first time from the Foundation.

Dr. Carol Shapiro, Chair of the Foundation’s Grant and Solicitation Approval Committee, said, “We are ecstatic about these programs. Our returning grantees will continue to greatly impact the health of the community through their proven dedication and efforts. We also welcome the new large grant recipients who submitted thoughtful and convincing proposals.”

The first time recipients include the Regional Primary Care Coalition whose grant aims to build capacity, reduce fragmentation, and improve the quality of care among area primary health care providers in Northern Virginia by facilitating partnerships among them. The other first time recipient is The Doorways which aims to reduce financial and logistical barriers to access for patients and families of patients who must travel to Richmond, Virginia to access specialty care by providing lodging.

Potomac Health Foundation is an independent, private foundation whose mission is to improve the health of the community. It serves the communities of eastern Prince William County, north Stafford County and Lorton.



The Doorways Announces $25,000 Gift From Local Women’s Club

The Junior Federated Women’s Club of Chester’s Inaugural Mary’s Charity Ball Masquerade Raises $25,000 for The Doorways


Richmond, VA The Junior Federated Women’s Club of Chester (JFWCC), through their inaugural Mary’s Charity Ball Masquerade, collectively raised $25,000 to support The Doorways mission of providing lodging and support for patients and their loved ones who need to be close to Richmond area hospitals but not far from the feeling of home.


Mary’s Charity Ball was held March 19, 2016 at the Richmond Marriott to honor the late Mary Schindel, the Club’s longtime leader who passed away after a 9 year battle with Leukemia. Schindel was also the Founder and Owner of She Chester Boutique, where behind the counter an inscription read ‘She took the leap and built her wings on the way down”, referring to Mary’s leap to open her dream store after being diagnosed with cancer in 2006. The store is still a thriving part of the Richmond community today.


“We could not be more honored that the JFWCC chose to honor Mary’s legacy by supporting our mission” said Stacy Brinkley, president/CEO of The Doorways. “Mary was a longtime supporter of our annual Fancy Hat Party and was always aiming to raise awareness of our mission with her friends, family and fellow JFWCC members. Often times bringing them to serve dinner to our guests or hosting collection drives for the necessities our guests need during their medical crisis”.


Among the night’s highlights was an energetic live auction, exquisite raffle packages, a casino room, fellowship amongst the over 40 sponsors and 250 attendees and remarks from many honoring the life of Mary Schindel and the work of The Doorways.


“Mary’s passion for The Doorways sums up how she lived her life while battling cancer” said Melissa Brockwell, President of The Junior Federated Women’s Club of Chester. “It was never about her battle with cancer; it was about bringing joy to the lives of others going through a similar medical crisis. Mary never once stayed at The Doorways during her battle with Leukemia, but became passionate about The Doorways because of the role it plays in the lives of those at VCU Health/VCU’s Massey Cancer Center and other area hospitals. She often times cited that many of the friends she made at Massey Cancer Center could not have had access to the treatment they were receiving if it was not for The Doorways role in providing lodging for them here in Richmond. It was through Mary that our club came to know the good work of The Doorways and I could not be more proud of all of our members who came together to honor Mary’s life and put together such an exquisite event to benefit The Doorways.”



The Doorways Inaugural Splatter that Matters Was Wildly Successful

Splatter that Matters Featured Great Weather, Great Competition & Great Team Building

All In Support of The Doorways


Richmond, VA – The Doorways Young Professionals Council is pleased to present The Doorways Board of Directors with more than $36,000 in proceeds from its inaugural signature event, ‘Splatter that Matters”. “Splatter that Matters” was a corporate paintball tournament held Saturday, April 16, 2016 at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center.

“We are thrilled with the overwhelming interest and support that this brand new event received from local businesses in its inaugural year,” said J.C. Poma, Community Outreach Manager of The Doorways.  “Splatter that Matters provided a fun day of team building and friendly competition for the participating local organizations all while supporting a worthwhile cause – helping families and individuals who are facing medical crisis.”

Featuring 24 different organizations from across the Richmond Region, each team of ten had their own office party space within the team village and played 5 paintball games against other area organizations.  Each game took place inside the H.J. Holtz & Son Splatter Dome on the fields at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. The event featured a tournament style competition produced by KPS Paintball.

This year’s winners were ColonialWebb in first place, UDig in second place and Dominion Payroll Services in third place.

Splatter that Matters 2017 is tentatively scheduled for April 22, 2017 and interested organizations can contact The Doorways to reserve their space in what is sure to be another sold-out day of team building fun.

Registered teams included:

Ball Office Products
Buckhead’s Chophouse
Chewning & Wilmer
College Nannies & Tutors of Richmond
Dairy Queen of Virginia
Davis & Green Electrical
Dominion Payroll Services
DPS Merchant Services
H.J. Holtz & Son
Hourigan Construction
James River Equipment
Meadows Urquhart
Old Dominion Insulation
Quality Wall Systems
Sugar Shack Donuts
The Doorways (Sponsored by The Answer Brewpub)
Virginia Business Systems

For more information on The Doorways, please visit www.thedoorways.org or contact J.C. Poma at The Doorways, 804-828-6901 ext. 150 or [email protected].


 RTD 7 - Lined Up to Watch at BSWRTC RTD 5 - H.J. Holtz & Son Splatter Dome RTD 8 - The Team Village RTD 1 - Andrew Freiden RTD 2 - Rock Holtz RTD 6 - The Doorway Team RTD 9 - Trophy RTD 4 - UDig Second Place  DQ and Buckheads and Suger Shack Action Shot 2Hourigan Team

Group Meal Preparation Instructions at The Doorways

Group Meal Preparation Instructions

Before Your Arrival                                                                                                                                                                                

 At The Doorways

Upon arrival check in with the front desk and fill out a group volunteer form with the names of all volunteers helping with the meal. The Front Desk staff will show you to the dining area and kitchen. You may utilize the kitchen to prepare any part/all of your meal. Please utilize the pool table in the dining room as your serving area.

The Kitchen Resources

  • 4 residential-sized stoves with four burners
  • 4 residential-sized ovens
  • 4 toasters
  • 4 microwaves
  • 4 residential-sized dishwashers
  • Pots, pans, and other kitchen equipment. For specific questions, please email the Community Outreach Manager.
  • Labels for leftovers and food containers.
  • Volunteers must provide their own paper plates, utensils, and bowls.


Volunteer Groups are responsible for cleaning up the kitchen and pool table area that they utilized for the meal. Please clean and return any pots/pans to their original location and place other equipment in a dishwasher.

How many guests should you anticipate?

  • On weeknights plan to prepare a meal for 50
  • On weekends plan to prepare a meal for 40

Health Concerns:

  • We have 150+ people residing here at The Doorways, some of which may have special dietary restrictions. We do not ask groups to provide different meals for them.
  • When you serve your meal to guests, please first ask if any transplant patients would like to come up and get their food before the rest of the guests.
  • Please serve each of the guests. Do not let them serve themselves.

Other Fellowship Opportunities:

  • In addition to serving a meal, your group can also schedule a social activity to coincide with your meal. Please coordinate ahead of time with the Community Outreach Manager.
  • The Doorways owns a BINGO set and we are happy to provide that to your group. We recommend your bringing a few small, creative prizes to share.


Please share your experience with the Community Outreach Manager after your group’s time at The Doorways. It would be great to provide pictures of your group interacting with guests for future publications where we highlight volunteer groups that have made our guests stay so enjoyable.

Contact Information:

Mark Johnson can be reached at 804-828-6901 ext. 150 (O) 804-380-5778 (M) or [email protected].

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

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

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


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

World Pediatric Project

  • World Pediatric Project
  • We don’t like to keep beating this drum, but have you wondered how the Twins, Maria and Teresa, came to us?  They were a gift from the World Pediatric Project.

When you look at the vision of World Pediatric Project, it seems pretty simple and noble: Every child, regardless of geography, will have access to quality, critical care so that they can live full and productive lives.  They also declare, Geography doesn’t have to be the reason a child lives or dies.


The World Pediatric Project is much more than just bringing kids to doctors;  they send medical teams to Central America and the Caribbean to diagnose and treat sick children.  They help develop local programs in these areas to improve the overall health of the children and to also train local physicians and nurses.  In extremely critical cases, they partner children with doctors in the United States who are better equipped to meet their needs.

The Project started in 2001 when Richmonder Dr. Julian Metts went on a medical mission.  While out of the country, he saw many children sick and dying simply because they didn’t have access to quality critical care.  He partnered with the South Richmond Rotary Club to start International Hospital for Children.  They merged with another non-profit last March and World Pediatric Project was officially on the books.

In addition to the educational work that they do, and programs bringing children like the twins to doctors in the U.S., they do things like this:

Children in many developing countries suffer from birth defects due to improper nutrition.  In addition to providing education and dietary supplements for mothers, they started a program in Belize to correct clubfoot in disabled tots.  Using a U.S. partner, they taught local doctors how to use a series of corrective casts to improve the comfort and mobility in these children.

WPP helped to fund and build a NICU unit in St. Vincent.  Nurses and partners from Children’s Hospital of Richmond taught local nurses how to use the donated equipment and how to meet the critical needs of ill and preterm newborns.

Cardiologists from VCU and Children’s Hospital of Richmond have been travelling to the Dominican Republic for over 5 years to offer hands-on training to Dominican doctors in the diagnosis and prevention of heart diseases.  Dr. Scott Gullquist, leader of the project, says that he can see a drop in the mortality of children with these conditions.

More than 100 medical professionals volunteer to offer their services every year. The good news is that they have more volunteers than they have the finances to send out into the world.  The bad news is that they have more volunteers than they have the finances to send out into the world.

So how can we continue to help World Pediatric Project?

First of all, we are like World Pediatric Project, and many of the other non-profit organizations that strive to help those in need:  We need money.  Crisis and illness never go on vacation, and that keeps us open 24/7/365.  There are numerous ways for you to help, both large and small.  Whether a one time gift or an on-going contribution, you can explore the many options here.

You might be able to get your work gang together (like BB & T or Spotts Fain) to volunteer here at the house for a meal or a one-time project.  Many employers will also match donations, so check and see if your company will match any donations that you make to us.

You can also organize your group or organization (like Hanover Youth Service!) to host a party, a team, or event to help raise funds for HHH. Hanover Youth Service

Any way that you look at it, the World Pediatric Project is doing some great work.  We would love to see them continue to grow and thrive.  We hope that they are able to continue to help wonderful children like Maria and Teresa, and perhaps be in a position to one day broaden their reach to be truly global.  One thing is for sure:  We’re proud to have played a part in their equation of good, and we’ll continue to be here to help.



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