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Rappahannock United Way Campaign Fundraising Efforts.



March 10, 2016 – Fredericksburg, VA –  More than 250 local employees, corporate partners,  community leaders and volunteers will gather at the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center for a celebration luncheon on Monday, March 14, 2016 to be recognized for their 2015 Rappahannock United Way Campaign fundraising efforts.


The event will honor individuals and companies that have contributed hundreds of hours to help Rappahannock United Way help more households in our community emerge from poverty and achieve greater financial stability. Awards will be given in several categories, including: Excellence in Leadership Giving, Corporate Spirit, Employee Giving and Best Overall Campaign. The amount of campaign funds raised and the impact that will have in our local community as we “Change the Story” in thousands of lives will also be announced.




“After 15 years of Rappahannock United Way celebrations, I’m still in awe of the generosity of this community,” said Janel Donohue, President of Rappahannock United Way. “While we celebrate that generous spirit, we will also be celebrating the tremendous time commitment and creativity so many local businesses in our community have dedicated to these efforts.”


Kristin Nash of B101.5 will emcee the event, which begins at 11:40 a.m. The presentation will begin at 12:15 p.m. Event concludes at 1:30 p.m. Local media is welcome and encouraged to attend.


About Rappahannock United Way

Founded in 1939, Rappahannock United Way is a local nonprofit organization serving Fredericksburg, Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford. Our mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. Our goal is to have more households emerge from poverty and achieve greater financial stability. Together, we can create opportunities for a better tomorrow. That’s what it means to LIVE UNITED.  

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"A Night On Broadway"



Fredericksburg, Va. (March 8, 2016) – Stafford High School chorus students will bring the music, entertainment and excitement of Broadway to the stage when “A Night on Broadway” comes to Stafford High School’s auditorium in Falmouth, Va., June 4, 2016.  The evening will include the choice of dinner and show or show only.

“The annual ‘A Night on Broadway’ is a chance for Stafford High School choir students to showcase their musical talents,” said Choral Director for Stafford High School Joe Eveler.  “The audience will be entertained by the school’s talented singers with some of the best songs from Broadway.  This event is one of the most anticipated each year, and it’s an opportunity to support the students and the music department’s many activities.”

The dinner, which includes antipasto, an assortment of pasta dishes, bread and dessert, begins at 5:30 p.m.  The show begins at 7 p.m.  Tickets for dinner and show are $20 for adults and $17 for children, students, and senior citizens. Tickets for the show only are $10 for adults and $7 for children, students, and senior citizens. Dinner and Show tickets must be pre-purchased by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Show only tickets can be purchased at the door.  Proceeds from the evening will benefit the high school’s music program. 

Stafford High School is located at 63 Indians Lane in Falmouth, Va.

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Doctor Yum Project Recieves Grant






SPOTSYLVANIA, Virginia – (December 9, 2015)– The Doctor Yum Project is pleased to announce they have received a $30,000 Mary Washington Hospital Community Benefit Fund grant awarded by Mary Washington Hospital.  The funds will help support the development of The “Healthy Eating and Living” (HEAL) website tool, designed to help combat obesity in the Fredericksburg area.


The obesity rates in Stafford (33.1%) and Spotsylvania (33.5%) rank on par with Louisiana (33.2%), the third most obese state in the nation and far worse than the least obese state of Colorado (21.3%).  Obesity is related to a myriad of other illness and ailments, including cancer, cardiovascular health, diabetes, mental health issues, senior health issues and more.  Unfortunately, so many people with these diet-related illnesses do not make the connection between food and health.


Says Dr. Nimali Fernando, founder of The Doctor Yum Project, “Obesity and its far-reaching effects are clearly a major problem in our area, demanding a hands-on solution.  Thanks to the support of the Mary Washington Healthcare Foundation, The Doctor Yum Project is creating a solution in the form of The “Healthy Eating and Living” (HEAL) website tool.  This tool will work to solve the problem of obesity in our community by helping people of every socioeconomic status make the connection between nutrition and health in two ways; helping area physicians make nutrition a part of their plan to treat and manage patient care, and empowering families to overcome barriers to cooking by providing information and instruction in a unique and engaging way. Instead of telling people what to eat, we want to show them how to eat.”


Partnerships are being created to engage local physician groups to use the HEAL website tool as an efficient way to share nutritional information with patients and include healthy food choices in their treatment plans. The Doctor Yum Project is working with each practice to determine the unique nutritional needs of patients in their subspecialty, creating a catalogue of applicable recipes and developing a custom link from their website to the HEAL tool. To date, The Doctor Yum Project has partnered with Cardiology Associates of Fredericksburg, Yum Pediatrics, Hematology-Oncology Associates of Fredericksburg,Allergy Partners of Fredericksburg, Colonial Internal Medicine, Radiological Associates of Fredericksburg and Rappahannock Gastroenterology Associates.  The grant will also allow physicians to refer patients for several in-person classes at the Doctor Yum Project Spotsylvania teaching kitchen. They are looking for additional partners in other key subspecialties in which dietary counseling may affect the health of their patients.


The HEAL tool will also combat common barriers to preparing healthy food at home by developing a database of recipes that includes search filters like ingredients on hand, medical diagnosis, affordability, dietary restrictions, prep time and more. It will feature “The Super 7” recipe maker, showing families simple foolproof formulas to prepare seven delicious recipes with unlimited adaptations, thereby creating a foundation of healthy eating to last a lifetime.   All recipes are family-tested and rated for taste, and many will have complementary instructional videos to inspire family members of all ages to take control of their health by getting back in the kitchen, preparing meals together, strengthening family connections, and building a healthier community.


Additionally, the Doctor Yum Project will expand partnerships with community health clinics and nonprofits reaching underinsured patients who may also receive SNAP benefits or food pantry assistance in order to share many of their budget-friendly recipes featured by the HEAL tool.  The Doctor Yum Project and Mary Washington Healthcare Foundation are passionate about empowering area families to overcome the barriers to cooking at home and make the connection between good nutrition and healthier lives. Together they hope to put Fredericksburg on the map as a community where physicians work together to make nutrition a priority.


About The Doctor Yum Project

The Doctor Yum Project (DYP) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded by Fredericksburg pediatrician, Dr. Nimali Fernando. Doctor Yum’s mission is to transform the lives of families and communities by providing an understanding of the connection between food and overall health, as well as empowering people with the tools to live a healthy life. DYP offers kids cooking classes, adult and family cooking programs, a preschool nutrition program, and more. For more information on The Doctor Yum Project, visit the website


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Letter to the Readers: Me Time

October is one of the busiest months of the year for most families. School has started to hit its stride, fall sports are gobbling up night and weekends, and there seems to be an event or festival most every Saturday. As a parent, it can be hard to keep up.

As singer Karen Jonas wonderfully shares in her story in the October issue, "What the children want to pursue is important, but kids need to see that mom and dad are people with passions and interests, too." Yes, we have to help with the homework, go to the practices, keep up with games and recitals, and come together for family fun at the pumpkin patch, apple orchard and harvest festivals, but let's not forget that we have to recharge our own batteries. Why not have a date night or a day away with our significant other?

This month, I want to challenge you to find time to get away for an evening or a Sunday afternoon. Try not to feel guilty. When we take Jonas' advice to the heart, finding time alone for ourselves or for our marriages is the correct course of action. Call the sitter today and set aside a day when they can relieve you so that you can get an afternoon at the spa, a day on the lake fishing, or time together at a concert or movie. Believe me, your children will understand. I've made it a habit to sneak off for three hours every Sunday afternoon to write, something that I enjoy. My wife makes her time in the evenings going out to window shop, take her walks and find her quiet. Then the two of us enlist the grandparents monthly so that we can get a couple of date nights. The children love it and they have come to understand the concept that everyone needs a little space.

And if you can't get a little space for whatever the reason may be, take solace in the words of humorist Erma Bombeck, "I take a very practical view of raising children. I put a sign in each of their rooms: 'Checkout Time is 18 years.'"

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