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

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.



A Joyful Noise

I love this song!  We say it often in the car.  We hear it as the soundtrack in a movie or a TV show.  This one makes you want to roll down the windows and sing.  This one makes you want to hug someone.  This one brings back fond memories of a long lost love.  This one may help you get better.


We’re lucky in that our volunteers often bring us the gift of music.  We have singers, musicians, guitars, pianos, and sing-alongs with our guests, and often get to share in a joyful noise.  All of that noise does wonders for healing.  It’s true!

Many studies show that music is a great tool for controlling breathing and heart rate.  It’s a proven muscle relaxer, and provides a structure for releasing body tension.  The National Institutes of Health published the findings of a group of researchers that studied almost 2,000 cancer patients, and found that music therapy was able to reduce their levels of anxiety.

Certain patients have to be awake during surgical procedures.  People being operated on for conditions like epilepsy, Parkinson’s, brain tumors, and other neurological conditions have to be able to respond to verbal cues from the doctor.  Imagine lying on a gurney for hours on end listening to the clatter of instruments, the hum of machines, and the chatter of surgeons as they cut open your head.  A study at the Cleveland Clinic showed that music slowed the firing of neurons deep in the brain and made being awake during these procedures much less stressful.

Researchers at the University of Maryland asked a group of test subjects to listen to music that made them feel good and brought them a sense of joy.  Their blood vessels expanded during the musical interlude and increased blood flow.  This reaction was very similar to experiments with laughter.

Dr. Oliver Sacks, made famous in the movie Awakenings, is also a best-selling author.  He recently published a book called Musicophilia about the experiences of people with neurological disorders and their interaction with music.  People paralyzed with Parkinson’s suddenly became animated, stroke victims were able to speak, a man had no long term memory past 7 seconds, except for music, and people became hypermusical after a trauma like a lightening strike.  Like a strong drug it unlocked a closed brain.

A group at the MIT Media Lab is working to unlock the brains organic connection to music.  Music comprehension occupies more space in our brain than language.  Led by Ted Machover, they created Hyperscore, a computerized program that allows anyone to compose music.  They teamed up with Dan Ellsey, who has cerebral palsy and cannot walk or speak.  With a special interface that reads his facial expressions he is able to emotionally express his thoughts and ideas through composing and performing original pieces of music.

We like music at The House because it is a joyful noise.  It brings smiles to our faces and the faces of our guests.  Whether it is the song that transports us back to a better day, or the tune that makes us want to tap our feet, or the lilt that opens our mouth to sing along, it heals.

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