Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Virginia LISC and Recent Events

Virginia LISC is the Virginia branch of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, a national organization with a focus on building communities. I have been doing photography for them since they came to Richmond, Virginia in 1990. Over the last year, they had cut back on the photographing of the projects and agencies they provide consulting and funding for. As usual, this has had a negative effect on their community awareness and fund raising ability. Recently, Program Vice-President, Greta Harris has returned and had me photograph some of the events and activities Virginia, LISC is involved in to raise the profile in both areas.

In early Spring, Virginia LISC celebrated the completion of new facilities at two football fields in Richmond. LISC brought $50,000 in NFL Playing Fields Grants to Highland Park and Blackwell, which was then leveraged by a $75,000 match by the Richmond Parks and Recreation Foundation. The events at both fields brought out the community and the teams for a series of activities.

Reva Tramell and Ellen Robertson, City Councilwomen with a Redskin Hogette.

Members of the University of Richmond, National Championship Football team giving clinics to the kids at Blackwell football field.

Representatives of the Washington Redskins giving away a trip to be a Ball Boy at an upcoming game to a member of the Eagles football team in Highland Park.

Old Manchester Plaza's Opening and Ribbon Cutting was another event I photographed for Virginia LISC. They provided some of the funding for this project. The project is located on Hull Street near the Manchester Courthouse. It is a wonderful mixed use and mixed income development.

Mayor Dwight Jones, City Council President Kathy Graziano and State Senator Donald McEachin

The Ribbon Cutting for OMP

Street scape of OMP, foreground is the future home of a second Croaker Spot Restaurant. I can't wait.