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. 

Richmond Women to Give Two $100,000 Grants to #RVA Nonprofits

Rhudy & Co. is proud to have supported Impact 100 over the past five years. It's the Big Give x2 for Impact 100 Richmond.

The end-of-the-year celebration for Impact 100 on May 13, the Big Give, is like Christmas for the RVA nonprofit community. This year, the Big Give is twice as exciting — like Christmas and a birthday all wrapped in one.

About Impact 100

Impact 100, in case you haven’t heard, brings together hundreds of women with huge hearts who each give $1,000 to form $100,000 grants that are given to deserving local nonprofits. Donating money to any nonprofit is appreciated. But bringing together hundreds of women and combining those funds can be transformative.

So, what’s so different about this year? 2014 marks the fifth year of Impact 100 and the first time the event will feature TWO $100,000 transformative grants. That’s right: two! More than 200 RVA women joined Impact 100 this year; each pledging their money to change lives in our community.

How it works

RVA nonprofits submit a grant proposal for one of five focus areas. Then Impact 100 grants committee members select nonprofits to visit and then choose finalists. This year’s finalists include:

YWCA of Richmond received a $100,000 Impact 100 RVA grant in 2013.Finalists will present their nonprofit tonight and explain how the grant money could make a difference. Then, Impact 100 members cast a live vote and decide who will receive the funds. This year, the top two nonprofits will go home with $100,000.

It’s exhilarating to think that in just five years Impact 100 has given more than a half a million dollars and can offer TWO $100,000 grants in its fifth year!

I am honored to have served as the chairperson these last five years.

When I kicked off the idea that became Impact 100, I wanted to create a special kind of organization that was open to anyone who was interested in a smart community investment. I am gratified to see so many smart, generous RVA women come together to make this vision a reality.

When she's not inspiring Richmond women give to give, Talley Baratka is busy helping Rhudy & Co. clients communicate in bold and creative ways.

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.