2017 Festival Charities
Every year we donate part of our proceeds to local charities that specifically serve Central Virginia.
Thursday, June 1stThe Autism Society Central Virginia (ASCV) is the local voice and resource of the autism community in education, advocacy, services, and support. The mission of the ASCV is to improve the lives of ALL affected by autism by maximizing the self- sufficiency, independence, and quality of life for individuals living with autism. This non-profit organization is committed to meaningful participation and self-determination in all aspects of life for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families, at any age and any stage. Please visit the ASCV website for more information on local workshops, conferences, resources, programs, and events.
Friday, June 2ndThe Healing Place (THP) provides a path to recovery and a second chance at life for men in our community. THP is a residential, peer model program that offers the tools, support, and hope for long-term addiction recovery. Our program offers three services: The Overnight Shelter, the Sobering Up Center, and The Recovery Program.
Saturday, June 3rdART 180 provides opportunities for young people all across the region to express themselves through art, and to share their stories with others, no matter their circumstances. They run free afterschool creative youth development programs at schools and community centers, operate their own art center for teens and youth art gallery in Jackson Ward called Atlas, and bring creative programs to juvenile jails and prisons in order to provide a platform for incarcerated youth to tell their story. More information can be found at art180.org.
Saturday, June 3rdRichmond PAL is a local Non-Profit Organization that has been serving the youth of the City of Richmond for over 25 years. One of our goals is to build positive relationships between police officers and kids through sports while providing the kids with positive role models and life skills coaching. Our motto is “Helping Kids Become Champions for Life” which we strive to do in every program.
Sunday, June 4thRichmond Friends of the Homeless provides nourishing hope to those in need in our community. Nutritious meals are served through three program sites seven days a week. Homeless veterans, the working poor, seniors barely existing on limited incomes, those battling addictions, children with inadequate food at home - hungry men, women, and children of all ages access our services.
EXQUISITE “AGORA” OR MARKETPLACE
Go into the Hellenic Center where there is a wide selection of exquisite jewelry, handcrafts, folk art, icons, books, and knick-knacks that many vendors have brought to display and sell at the festival. You are sure to find that special something you have always wanted.