Rhudy & Co. is Fighting Pediatric Cancer in Carytown This Saturday

You can buy delicious cookies and support a great cause in Carytown this Saturday, Sept. 6, as the 5th annual RVA Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Bake Sale is in full swing.

Join the Rhudy & Co. team and some of our friends in Carytown, on the corner of Belmont and Cary Street, in front of the Ten Thousand Villages store at 3201 Cary St. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as we raise funds for pediatric cancer research and therapies.

About the organization

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a national nonprofit organization founded by former Richmonder Gretchen Holt Witt, who lost her son Liam to cancer in 2011. Jonathan and Michele Rhudy worked with Gretchen years ago at Carter Ryley Thomas PR (now Padilla/CRT) in Richmond.

Think a city-wide bake sale can’t make a big difference?

The RVA community is the highest grossing Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Bake Sale in history and has raised $200,000 for pediatric cancer research over the last four years.

A city-wide bake sale wouldn’t be possible without the help of Daystar Desserts in Ashland baking more than 20,000delicious cookies.

How can you get involved?

  • Cookies will be sold in packages of three, for a suggested donation of $5. Flavors being offered include: chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, sugar and white chocolate macadamia nut.
  • Come join the fun, pick your favorite cookie and support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.
  • Review other RVA bake-sale locations and spread the word via Facebook .
  • Not in RVA but still want to help? You can still support Cookies for Kids' Cancer from afar.

Michele Rhudy loves cookies as much as her daughter Morgan, pictured here in 2011. Michele, Morgan and the rest of the Rhudy family love the energy and excitement of the annual RVA Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Bake Sale. 

Revitalize. Recreate. Realize. Reinvent. Join the TEDxRVA 2014: “re____” Conversation

I first heard about TED talks the way many of us do, from an email with the subject line “10 TED Talks that will change your life.” After about the fourth email, each from a different person, I opened it. What I found was a handful of motivational talks that focus on “ideas worth spreading”—the TED organization’s mission.

My first TED talk hooked me from the beginning

Maybe because I’m a 20-something, or maybe because the speaker’s name was Meg, the first TED talk that immediately grabbed my attention was titled “Why 30 is Not the New 20.” Watch Meg Jay's talk to see why it hooked me from very beginning.

Meg, a therapist, spent her 15-minute talk motivating 20-somethings who have been ingrained with the idea that “life can happen later, enjoy the now, and figure out the rest later.” She encouraged people to let go of the idea that your 20s aren’t important, arguing instead that it’s a transformative decade where you can take control of your identity.

As a 20-something myself, I believe every word of that is true. Do I have an exact road map for my 20s? Absolutely not. Do I have control of my 20s? Absolutely.

In a few weeks the RVA community will have the chance to see similar “ideas worth spreading.” TEDxRVA 2014 will be held Friday, March 28, with the them of “re___”—as in, re-imagine, repair, realize, re-think.

Join the TEDxRVA conversation

We are in a time where we must all look twice at decisions, processes and assumptions. “Re___” leaves a space for you to decide, what is your “re___”? Now you can join the conversation.

Tune into the TEDxRVA “re___” conversation this week with a Tweet Chat organized by Rhudy & Co. on Tuesday, March 18, from 8 to 9 p.m. The TEDxRVA team and some of the participating speakers will be there to ask and answer questions.

Meg closed her TED talk by saying “30 is not the new 20. Claim your identity. Don’t be defined by what you didn’t know or didn’t do. You’re deciding your life right now.” In other words, create or maybe even recreate who you are.

Buy tickets and learn more about TEDxRVA.

Megan Jacoby is a 20-something navigating through this crazy ride we call life. She can’t promise it will be graceful, but it sure will be fun. Megan serves on the communications team for TEDxRVA thanks to Rhudy & Co.'s in-kind sponsorship of the 2014 event.

Learn ‘The Power of Connection’ in this TEDxRVA Talk by Talley Baratka

“To create authentic relationships – real relationship with people – you have to be in the heart space to be molded and shaped by somebody else.”

Impact 100 Founder & RVA Community Advocate Talley Baratka These were a few of the words by my friend Talley Baratka at the TEDxRVA Women conference in Richmond last December. I was fortunate to watch Talley speak in person. Her inspiring remarks were straight from her giant heart. Just ask any of my colleagues, friends and clients who were there.

Take 10 minutes to watch Talley’s TED talk and find out why says she was “put here on here on Earth to be a connector of people and to activate a passion for community.”

About Impact 100 RVA

Over the past five years since starting Impact 100 Richmond, I’ve seen area nonprofits benefit from Talley’s leadership and passion to motivate women to give. The premise of Impact 100 – partnering with The Community Foundation – is simple: 100 women each give $1,000 to help one nonprofit with a transformative grant.

But here’s the big news – we are incredibly close to awarding two $100,000 grants this year at our Big Give in May. We need just a few more Richmond women to join us.

The world is watching

And here's some bigger news – Talley’s visionary work is getting noticed.

On March 6, 2014, the National Association of Women Business Owners' Richmond Foundation presented Talley with its prestigious Community Leader recognition as part of its Enterprising Women of Excellence Awards.

The program honors outstanding women in various categories from the Greater Richmond metropolitan area. Learn more.

Talley led Capital One’s philanthropic initiatives for years before joining us to help Rhudy & Co. clients. We are fortunate to have her talents, energy and passion on our team.

Michele Rhudy finds inspiration serving on the leadership team of Impact 100 with Talley and others.  Michele says, "Talley’s a busy mother of three like me trying to keep everything in balance. Somehow, she makes it look easier than it really is.”