The Southern Knights Cruisers 23rd annual Car and Bike show to support Veterans and families at the Richmond Fisher House is Saturday, September 30, 2023, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a ceremony at 11 a.m. The event is at the Richard Bland College Campus, 11301 Johnson Rd. Petersburg, VA. If it rains on September 30, the event will move to October 7. To register your vehicle, become a vendor, or for more information, visit www.SouthernKnightsCruisers.com. The Fisher House Team looks forward to seeing you there.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2023 8:00 AM TO 5:00 PM
RICHARD BLAND COLLEGE CAMPUS
(11301 Johnson Rd. Petersburg, VA) (Rain date 10/07/2023)
Vehicle preregistration (mail-in) prior to Sept. 24 is $20.00.
Day of show and online registration: $25.00
Free to Spectators
Contact for information and vehicle and vendor forms at our website: www.southernknightscruisers.com also at our Cruise-Ins held at HARDEES (1901 West Hundred Rd., Chester, VA Route 10), every Saturday night from April thru October (weather permitting). FREE
THIS SHOW SUPPORTS:
Fort Lee Holiday Helper Association, Fisher House #1162, Richmond VA Veterans Hospital Fund#1161, and Richard Bland SKC Scholarship fund.
The Ruritan Club is once again hosting the Short Pump Ruritan Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday, September 7, 2023, at the Hollows Golf Club to raise funds for the Richmond Fisher Houses. Participants must complete the attached registration form and submit it by August 10, 2023. Please help us distribute this information widely to encourage event attendance. Your support is greatly appreciated.
IMPORTANT: Register by August 10.
Please consider a donation for sponsorship opportunities listed on the registration form.
Tournament proceeds benefit the Fisher House at Hunter Holmes McGuire Hospital serving our veterans’ families, and benefit select charities, scholarships, and programs making a positive impact on our community.
Collegiate School visited Richmond Fisher House recently as a part of their Envision Richmond program. The trip was an educational experience for students on the different services offered to our nation’s Heroes.
The roofing and windows have progressed nicely. You will see the bricks being set in the next video. Inside the rough-in is progressing nicely and we have the low voltage cables run and will be hanging sheetrock soon.
Birdies for Charity presented by TowneBank is a fundraising platform operated by the PGA TOUR in conjunction with the Dominion Energy Charity Classic.
Birdies for Charity allows participating organizations to receive a 10% bonus on every gift they receive through the program (emphasize that every gift will grow by 10%). Donating is simple and can be done online or via check.
The Richmond Fisher House is a participant in this event and you can give online through the Birdies program at pgatourcharities.org.
More than 27 bands will be volunteering their time playing for the Richmond Bluegrass Jam. Over the last nine years the event has raised more than $165,000 for the Richmond Fisher House. President of the RVA Bluegrass Jam Tom McNally, along with Mac McDonald from Richmond Fisher House, stopped by to share a preview of the event with us.
The event kicks off Saturday, April 13th from 12 pm to 11 pm at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Richmond Fisher House and Virginia This Morning Hosts Bill Bevins and Jessica Noll will be emceeing the event. For all of the details on the event visit http://www.rvabluegrassjam.com
Fisher House Will Expand Support for Military & Veteran Families at Richmond Veterans Hospital
Ground was broken today for a new Fisher House at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center. Mayor Levar Stoney, David Coker, President of Fisher House Foundation, Leo O’ Donnell, Chairman of the Richmond Fisher House Foundation Board of Directors, and VA Medical Center Associate Director Alan Lombardo participated in the ceremony.
This home will provide lodging for an additional 20 families of veterans and military at no cost, allowing them to be close to their loved ones at the most stressful time – during their hospitalization. This will bring the total number of families served by Fisher House at Richmond VAMC to 40 a night, savings to military and veterans’ families more than $1.4 million a year.
A Fisher House creates an instant community for its residents, united by their common mission of supporting a sick or injured loved one, but also provides each individual with a secure and private refuge after a long day at the hospital to rest and recharge.
The new 20-suite, 16,800 sq.-ft.“comfort home” will join the original Fisher House opened in 2008. Each bedroom suite comes equipped with a private, handicapped-accessible bathroom. Common areas include a spacious kitchen, large communal living, dining and family rooms, laundry room and patio. There are now 78 Fisher Houses operating in the United States and Europe.
“Even after the first Fisher House was opened in Richmond in 2008, we were aware of how much additional support was needed to support military and veterans’ families from all over the country,” said David Coker. “They travel long distances for treatment provided by the Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center at this hospital, making free lodging a life-changing necessity. This second home represents a gift from a grateful nation.”
Construction of this Fisher House is being supported by: Altria, Capital One Services, LLC, Cardinal Health Foundation, Dominion Energy, the PGA, Team Fisher House Fundraisers, Vehicles for Veterans,and the many gifts of a grateful nation.
RICHMOND, Va. — There is a place in Richmond where loved ones of injured veterans can find a home away from home while a family member recovers. This special place is called Fisher House and for the people staying there, it provides a place of tranquility and peace of mind.
For the people behind it, they say helping veterans and their families is what they do best.
“We’ve been here since December. For me, when I come here, it is serenity for me,” Sherry Purdy, whose husband needs 24/7 care said.
Under this roof Purdy said she enjoys comfort and safety. Simple things, like making a sandwich, take on greater meaning when your life has been upended.
William Purdy, Sherry’s husband of 45 years and a Navy veteran, was completely paralyzed in a 2002 accident. William has been in and out of McGuire Veteran’s Medical Center, but living three hours away commuting back and forth was out of the question for Sherry.
So, while William receives medical attention, Sherry lives at Richmond Fisher House.
Fisher House director Wayne Walker helped build and open Fisher House in 2008.
“We’re very much like the Ronald McDonald House, but we cater to veterans,” Walker said. “I know where every nook and cranny and bolt and screw is in this house and that is a good thing.”
The 21-room hotel-like building gives loved ones of recovering veterans a place to stay all at no charge.
“We’ve taken care of more than 4,500 families since we opened the doors,” Walker said.
Walker,a former combat engineer who served two tours in Afghanistan, proclaimed his current mission is one of the most gratifying.
“I’m a veteran. I love veterans and I love what I do here,” he said.
At Fisher House, other employees, like Willie MacDonald, used to wear the uniform. He said when a military brother or sister is in need – they roll out the welcome mat.
“We’re going to raise the standards on how we’re going to take care of our nation’s heroes and their families and I’m just glad that I’m going to be a part of it,” MacDonald said.
OurVA.com and Richmond Pizza Place, home of authentic, hand-tossed New York style pizza, recently provided a classic New York style pizza dinner to the staff and guests of Richmond Fisher House. Was it ever good!
Officials from the Federal Credit Union at Ft. Lee dropped by Richmond Fisher House recently with a check, shown here presenting it to Program Support Assistant, Willie J. (“Mac”) McDonald. We deeply appreciate the continued support.
Advanced Individual Training Students from Ft. Lee, SFC Castle and Lyons came out this spring to plant flowers, trim bushes and generally spruce up the grounds of Richmond Fisher House. Guests and staff greatly appreciate and enjoy the results of their hard work.
Again this year, Walmart has pitched in to make the holiday season at Richmond Fisher House feel as much like home as possible. From wreaths to garland and even a Christmas tree, the house now sparkles with goodwill to all.