Carol S. Fox MAKING KIDS COUNT Award recipients to be honored Oct. 7

I’ve always said that it’s a small, small world. At Rhudy & Co., we have the opportunity to work with many organizations doing good works in the Commonwealth of Virginia and way beyond.

Right now, we are in the midst of helping the non-profit Voices for Virginia’s Children prepare for their third annual Carol S. Fox MAKING KIDS COUNT Awards on Oct. 7. Imagine my surprise and delight when I learned that this year’s individual winner is Dr. Joann Grayson, from whom I took a psychology class or two back in my days at James Madison University in the early 80s! 

The awards are given annually to individuals and organizations making exemplary efforts to improve the lives of Virginia’s children. 

Dr. Grayson, an avid child advocate and 30-year veteran psychology professor at James Madison University and the volunteer Eastern Regional Child Fatality Review Team, are this year’s honorees.

1) Voices for Virginia’s Children Executive Director Margaret Nimmo Crowe stands with 2013 individual winners Dr. Douglas Pierce of Roanoke who played a pivotal role in establishing Child Health Investment Partnership (CHIP) and Kate Duvall of Charlottesville, an attorney with the Legal Aid Justice Center’s Just Children program. Joann Grayson, Ph.D., is a professor emeritus at JMU and practicing clinical psychologist. She has initiated more than 11 prevention programs in the Harrisonburg-Rockingham community including a tutoring program that partners JMU students with at-risk children. Grayson also publishes the "Virginia Child Protection Newsletter" distributed to 13,000 agencies and individuals nationwide.

The Eastern Regional Child Fatality Review Team provides services to families and children who may be involved in the investigation of child deaths. The team includes members of the medical, legal, law enforcement and social services communities.

2013 organization winner Child Development Resources (CRC) of Williamsburg staff members. CRC help babies and toddlers with disabilities or developmental delays walk and talk, eat and play.

For information about the MAKING KIDS COUNT Awards, go to www.vakids.org or call 804-649-0184.

Carol Spaulding Fox was among a number of illustrious Virginians – including two former Virginia First Ladies (one of whom was Anne Holton who is the 2014 Key Note Speaker) – who gathered in 1994 to create the Action Alliance for Virginia’s Children and Youth, now known as Voices for Virginia’s Children. Carol served as a Voices board member and volunteer for many years and the awards are given annually to an individual and an organization that exemplify her commitment to Virginia’s children.

Sande Snead is passionate about Virginia's kids and has two grown ones of her own.