August 2019
CHAMBER MEMBER NEWS
Member News is a monthly newsletter that provides news about Chamber members.
THE CAMILLA WILLIAMS CELEBRATION
The Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History, along with multiple local organizations, is celebrating the life and achievements of opera singer Camilla Williams - the first African American to receive a regular contract with a major American opera company, the New York City Opera.

Throughout the coming year there will be many events hosted as a part of this celebration - all are free to the public.

For information visit danvillemuseum.org or call 434.793.5644.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS: BACK TO THE FUTURE 70'S & 80'S BASH
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Danville Area will hold its Back to the Future 70’s & 80’s Bash on Saturday, September 28 at Danville Golf Club.

The fun-filled evening will include dancing to the great hits of the 70’s, 80’s & today by DJ Larry Stamps; heavy hors d’oeuvre; beer and wine. Guests are encouraged to dust off their best 70’s & 80’s attire (not required) as BGCDA will be looking for the ‘best dressed themed individual and couple contest participants! This fun filled night will also include several raffles and a silent auction! The groovy VIP Lounge will be open one hour prior to the event for specific sponsorship levels.

Multiple sponsorship opportunities still available. Contact Vanessa Scearce at vscearce@bgcdanville.org or 434.792.6617, ext. 105 for more information on
becoming a Bash sponsor.

Funds raised support BGCDA’s educational programs.
KICKBACK JACK'S ANNOUNCES NEW MANAGING PARTNER
Anthony Aspero is the new Managing Partner for Kickback Jack’s in Danville, VA. Prior to moving to Danville, he was the Acting Managing Partner for the Kickback Jack’s on Broad St. in Richmond, Virginia.

His lifelong passion for the foodservice industry began at the age of 14 when he took his first job cooking at a ski resort base lodge. Moving through the ranks, he began managing restaurants in 2009. Starting out in a family-owned Italian restaurant, he moved on to the corporate world in 2013, and has been with Kickback Jack’s since 2016.
IALR TO HOST AMERICORPS HIRING EVENT
The Dan River Year program focuses on increasing STEM and Literacy outcomes for children K-12, assisting higher education institutions, and providing computer literacy training. The ServeIT AmeriCorps Program is a pre-apprenticeship program that provides hands-on opportunities and training in the IT and computer science field. It provides service in Danville, Pittsylvania, Martinsville, and Halifax.

Since its start in 2015, over 100 members have successfully completed the program, earning over $180,000 in Segal Education Awards for school expenses. These members have provided over 70,000 hours of service, leveraged approximately 900 volunteers, and supported thousands of youth and adults in our region.
AVERETT BECOMES ONE OF THIRTEEN SCHOOLS IN THE NATION TO OFFER EMERGENCY NURSE PRACTITIONER CERTIFICATION
Averett University has announced the addition of a new graduate level nursing program launching in 2020. This addition is part of the university’s largest expansion into health sciences education in its history. The Master of Science in Nursing degree program will offer two focus areas: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP). Averett is one of only 13 schools in the country, and the only in Virginia and neighboring North Carolina, to offer a focus in ENP education — advanced, specialized training that prepares nurses for some of the most highly-respected and well-paid nursing positions available. Also unique to the program, Averett will secure clinical placements for all nurse practitioner students.

This program was made possible with the help of the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission and other anonymous donors. In addition, the Stratford House Center generously gave $1 million for an endowed scholarship fund for students from this region pursuing their BSN or MSN degrees at Averett.
HEALTHYHUB VIRTUAL VISIT IS NOW AVAILABLE 24/7/365
FREE TICKET TO 2019 HEACOCK CLASSIC GOLD CUP
VIR, in partnership with SVRA, is offering one free ticket for Saturday or Sunday to anyone who goes to the Danville Pittsylvania Chamber of Commerce, or the Welcome Center office to claim his/her single day Saturday or Sunday ticket by showing a valid form of ID with their local address.

Children 16 and under are admitted free with a paying adult or, in this case, an adult with a free local ticket. Active Military are free and Veterans are 1/2 price, again with valid ID. Parking is free. 
M. SCOTT WALLER PROMOTED TO MANAGING DIRECTOR
M. Scott Waller, a financial advisor with BB&T Scott & Stringfellow’s Danville and Alexandria offices, has been promoted from senior vice president to managing director.

He has offices in Alexandria, with client service associate Colleen Ryan, and in Danville, with client service associate Lori Edmonds. He works with BB&T wealth advisors and currently maintains client relationships in 29 states.

Waller has been recognized multiple times as a BB&T Sterling Performer, and he currently serves on the firm’s Advisor Board.

An avid supporter of community interests, Waller serves on the board of directors of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, the German Club of Danville and the Old Belt Chapter of Ducks Unlimited. His previous board duties include the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, Danville Golf Club, Danville Concert Association, Langhorne House, Danville Historical Society, Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History and Pittsylvania County Red Cross. Additionally, Waller founded the first Business Network International chapter in Danville in 2000.
HAVE YOU SEEN US LATELY?
Averett University Football has five home games this season, and we hope to see you there!
GRACE A LOT DISTRIBUTES SCHOOL BACKPACKS
Grace A Lot provided school backpacks to community families on Saturday, August 3, 2019. The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region, area churches, organizations, and a small army of volunteers contributed to the distribution effort.

Each backpack included school supplies provided by area churches and organizations. Collections for common school supplies were made by Concord Baptist Church, County Line Christian Church, the Order of the Eastern Star Virginia (Morgan-Johnson Chapter No. 44), Hollywood Baptist Church, Marion Baptist Church, Samuel Harris Memorial Baptist Church, and White Oak Missionary Baptist Church. Grace A Lot volunteers then packed each backpack on Thursday, August 1, 2019, to prepare for the distribution.

The 168 backpacks were purchased with the generous support of the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region. The Community Foundation provided $2,000 for a fall 2019 effort to supply school backpacks and winter coats to school age children throughout Pittsylvania county.
KG GRAPHICS CELEBRATES 10 YEARS IN BUSINESS
KG Graphics is excited to announce several changes that have taken place this summer. The graphic design and printing company in Danville’s River District strives to put their customers first and provide high quality products. To help them accomplish this, Brianna Shelton has joined their team full-time. During this past year, Brianna worked part-time between KG Graphics and the Center for Community Engagement and Career Competitiveness (CCECC). She graduated from Averett University in 2018 and is extremely talented at graphic design and layout. Be sure to stop by to meet Brianna and see her amazing creativity at work. 

In addition, KG Graphics has reached a major mile stone this year celebrating their 10th year in business!  As a way of saying thank you to all their loyal customers and in honor of the support that all their customer have given them, KG Graphics will be doing giveaways the entire month of August so be sure to check out their social media pages to see what’s going on the entire month of August. Also stay tuned, they have some more major news coming this fall!
BYRNES GOULD LAW ANNOUNCES NEW HIRES
Byrnes Gould Law is pleased to announce that B. Cabell Barrow has joined the firm as Senior Associate and Carrie Meadows has joined as Paralegal.

A Martinsville native, Cabell focuses his practice on civil litigation, assisting clients in a wide variety of matters, including commercial disputes, employment law, and automobile accidents. He is the current Secretary and past Treasurer of the Danville Bar Association, previously practiced with Clement Wheatley, and was selected as a 2019 Rising Star by Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine. He is a 2014 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law and a 2007 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College.

Carrie, a Pittsylvania County native, brings sixteen years of experience to the firm, having focused on civil litigation and family and domestic disputes in prior positions. She is a graduate of Danville Community College and Dan River High School.
SACRED HEART CATHOLIC SCHOOL ANNOUNCES NEW HIRE
Sacred Heart Catholic School is pleased to announce that Casey Scarce has started in a new role at SHCS as the Coordinator of Enrollment and Development. Casey will be working with our new and current families on admissions processes in addition to fostering growth for fundraising and community outreach. Casey grew up in Pittsylvania County and previously worked at the University of Lynchburg as an Admissions Counselor. She graduated with her Master's in Nonprofit Leadership Studies from the University in 2018. We are excited to welcome Casey to our team!
NATIONAL YMCA VIDEO FEATURES DANVILLE
Y-USA released video seven of the “My Y Story” series. The video titled, “Episode 7 – The Edmunds Brothers” is part of a national series that brings attention to important topics and programs across the country including afterschool, summer feeding, and mentorship.

“Episode 7- The Edmunds Brothers” showcases the Danville community, the Danville Family YMCA and the Edmunds’ story of learning to swim at the Danville YMCA. The episode will reach over 2600 YMCAs and potentially millions of viewers across the country. Past series episodes have featured Ethan Hawke, Kyle Kuzma and Jane Lynch.

To view the video, click here or visit the Danville Family YMCA's Facebook page . Our YMCA is thankful to be part of such a large project and excited to create impact across the nation. 
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