Marly Santoro leads 2019 SCAN Santa Shop
Marly Santoro has been involved with SCAN's Board of Young Professionals since 2017. This year she has taken on the role of leading the BYP Santa Shop. Her leadership, grace, kindness, and enthusiasm have already made such a difference for SCAN families and we are excited for the 2019 Santa Shop!

H ow did you first get involved with SCAN?
I was first introduced to SCAN in 2015 when I volunteered to help set-up for the Santa Shop. The Santa Shop provides families involved in SCAN’s programs the opportunity to shop for toys for the holidays. I was amazed by the amount of support from community groups and members of the BYP there to help decorate a bland office space into a winter wonderland. It was great meeting people who were passionate about helping children and families in Richmond. From that day, I knew I had to get involved and was eager to support SCAN’s mission.

What has your life/work experience been that brought you to SCAN?
My career focus has been to advocate for policies and programs that improve the well-being of older adults. Over the years, it has transitioned to working with intergenerational families. I coordinated the OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring Program in San Antonio, a program that pairs an older adult with children in grades 1-3 to promote success in reading and lobbied on Capitol Hill to help families with children with disabilities.

In 2014, I moved back to Richmond to serve as the State Director of the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Program. To my surprise, I started working more and more with grandparents taking care of grandchildren. Some of these families were receiving resources from SCAN. Joining the BYP was the perfect way to support and honor these “grandfamilies.

Do you have any goals or hopes for the next year with SCAN?
This year, I’m serving as the Chair for the Santa Shop Committee. My goal is to increase the number of toy drives hosted by individuals, businesses and community organizations. Last year, the Santa Shop provided gifts to over 300 children. The majority of toys collected come from toy drives, which is why it is so important to host one. It is a great way for individuals and community groups to get involved and bring the holiday cheer to at-risk children in Richmond. If you’re interested in hosting a toy drive, please reach out to Noah Dziedzic,

If you are unable to host a toy drive, there are a number of ways to support the Santa Shop. On November 15th, the BYP is hosting a Happy Hour Toy Drive at Triple Crossing-Fulton from 5-8pm. Also, we have created an Amazon Wish List to make shopping for gifts easier than ever. Please share the link with friends, family and colleagues who may be interested. I am so appreciative of the groups already involved in toy drives and hope to see you at the Happy Hour Toy Drive in November.

Get involved in SCAN's Santa Shop!
Every year SCAN's Santa Shop empowers parents and celebrates families through the magic of the holidays! Families involved in SCAN's programs have the opportunity to attend. Parents "shop" for gifts for their children, while children take part in holiday crafts, visit with Santa, and have snacks.

With the help of partners and supporters like you, we are able to bring the holidays to over 300 children! We can't do it without you and there are a number of ways you can help with the 2019 event:

*Organize a toy drive at your office, book club, church group, or neighborhood!

*Donate wrapping supplies (wrapping paper, gift bags, tape)

*Bring an unwrapped gift to the upcoming BYP Toy Drive Happy Hour

For questions or to get involved, email Noah Dziedzic.

9th Annual Child Advocate's Breakfast

Thank you to the 130 individuals that joined us on the morning of October 4 for the Child Advocate's Breakfast! In celebration of the programs 15th year, the breakfast focused on SCAN's Child Advocacy Centers. We were fortunate to hear from speakers Captain Davenport from the Richmond Police Department and two incredible parents of a child served by SCANs CAC. 

Learn more about how CACs help children in this video featured at the Breakfast.
Cocktails for A Cause Tomorrow!
October 30, 2019
4:00pm - 8:00pm
Join us this week at the The Graduate Rooftop for a Happy Hour to support SCAN. 15% of proceeds between 4pm and 8pm will benefit SCAN.

Hardywood West Creek Trunk or Treat
We had so much fun at Trunk or Treat this past weekend! A huge thank you to  Hardywood Park Craft Brewery  for hosting such an incredible event.

A special thank you to all the SCAN friends, supporters, and Board of Young Professionals members that came out to host booths, volunteer, and support SCAN.
Toy Drive Happy Hour at Triple Crossing Fulton
November 15, 2019
Triple Crossing - Fulton
5pm - 8pm

Bring an unwrapped toy for SCAN's Santa Shop and enjoy a drink with friends! This event will be hosted by SCAN's Board of Young Professionals. All toys will help us bring the magic of the holidays to SCAN families this December.

SPECIAL - Early Bird Blue and White Ball Discount Tickets!
Blue and White Ball
March 7, 2020

As a SCAN supporter, we wanted to offer you the chance to get the first tickets available for the 2020 Blue and White Ball, hosted by SCAN's Board of Young Professionals.

For a limited time, SCAN friends can purchase tickets for only $75. This event has sold out in year's past, so don't wait!

Save the Dates - SCAN Events
Shops at 5807 Holiday Event
December 5, 2019

Shagbark Dinner to Support SCAN
February 9, 2020

SCAN Progressive Dinner and Auction
May 2, 2020
Details and ticket information to come!
Mustaches for Kids Growing Season Starts Soon!
Mustaches 4 Kids Richmond have been incredible SCAN partners and supporters over the years and have made a difference for so many children in our community.

Join us by getting involved as a grower or supporting someone growing in honor of children this year.

Learn more about how to become a grower, attend an M4K event or donate at
Protect a Child today with a gift to SCAN's Annual Fund.
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