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Chair & CEO, Marilyn West Chosen By YWCA For 2015 Outstanding Women Awards

Chair & CEO, Marilyn West Chosen By YWCA For 2015 Outstanding Women Awards

The artistic director of the Latin Ballet, a doctor working to create an independent children’s hospital, a management consultant, community leaders and volunteers have been chosen for the 2015 Outstanding Women Awards by the YWCA of Richmond.

The eight awards will be presented at a luncheon April 24 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. In recognition of the awards’ 35th anniversary, the YWCA also will have a breakfast forum that day featuring some of the previous honorees.

Here are this year’s award recipients:

Arts: Ana Ines King, artistic director of the Latin Ballet of Virginia, has dedicated herself to preserving and sharing Hispanic culture through dance education and performance. She also has worked to increase accessibility to the arts for low-income families and to empower young women from diverse backgrounds by instilling poise and confidence and an appreciation for other cultures.

Business: Marilyn West, founder and CEO of M.H. West Co., has broken through cultural, geographic and gender barriers in her 23 years of management consulting. Her public service has included mentoring and coaching for executives, other professionals, students and at-risk populations. She leads the board of the Black History Museum & Cultural Center and serves on the Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation Board and the advisory board of the Metropolitan Business League.

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Friday, February 6th Is National Wear Red Day

Friday, February 6th Is National Wear Red Day

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States, claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined. For more than 10 years, the American Heart Association has sponsored National Wear Red Day® to raise awareness in the fight against heart disease in women.

M. H. West & Co., Inc.’s Chair & CEO, Marilyn West is past chair of Go Red for Women of Central Virginia and proudly supports the organization. She hopes you will celebrate National Wear Red Day with Go Red For Women on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 to help fight women’s No. 1 killer—heart disease. Please click on the link below and learn how you can honor women on this important day.

National Go Red for Women Day

Richmond Public Schools Teacher of the Year Celebration

Richmond Public Schools Teacher of the Year Celebration

M. H. West & Co., Inc. was proud to sponsor the 2014 Richmond Public Schools Teacher of the Year Celebration. The event was held at the Willow Oaks Country Club. The Richmond Business Council hosted the celebration and Altria was the presenting corporate sponsor.

Speakers at the event included Niasia Ellis (a standout student at Open High School), Andrea Archer (Sr. Manager of Corporate Contributions and Community Relations for Altria), Anne Holton (Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Virginia) and Dana Bedden (Richmond Public Schools Superintendent).

Some the outstanding teachers receiving recognition included: Sharon Barber, Julie Crowder, Elizabeth Dunn, Lisa Johnson-Hicks, Wallsea Jones, Catherine Marchetti, Katherine Moore, Tomondra Peyton, Ashley Pride and Tamara Tuck.

The 2014 Richmond Public Schools Teacher of the Year Celebration had a very positive atmosphere to it and with so many dedicated teachers, administrators and business supporters attending, it is easy to see why.

M. H. West & Co., Inc. will be will be helping the class of nominated teacher, Lisa Johnson-Hicks for the school year. WEST got involved quickly by providing Holiday treat bags to her students on Friday, December 19th.

Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott Honored At Elegance in Black & White Gala

Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott  Honored At Elegance in Black & White GalaCongressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) was recognized with the Richmond Chapter of the Continentals, Inc.“Champion for Children Award” at its annual Elegance in Black & White Gala on December 19th, 2014. Chartered in 1976, the Richmond Chapter of the Continentals, Inc. is a public service organization dedicated to the welfare of underprivileged youth. The “Champion for Children Award” was established last year by the Richmond Chapter to recognize a person or organization that exemplifies the mission of the Continentals to help our society’s children.

Congressman Scott Remarked:

“I am honored to be recognized by the Richmond Chapter of the Continentals, Inc. as a Champion for Children,” said Rep. Scott.  “Children in our community, particularly those in low income areas, are facing numerous challenges, such as food insecurity, unequal education, and the School to Prison Pipeline.  Unfortunately many of these children have fallen through the cracks in our society. We can do better, and we must continue to work to provide a better future for these children.

“The Continental Societies, Inc. and other organizations who reach out to at risk children are needed just as much now as ever, and I look forward to continuing to work with them and all of those in our community dedicated to ensuring that our children are given every opportunity to succeed.”

M. H. West & Co., Inc.’s Chair & CEO, Marilyn West is proud to serve as the Parlimentarian for the Richmond Chapter of the Continentals, Inc.

Holiday Events In Richmond This Weekend

Holiday Events In Richmond This Weekend

Holiday house tours, James River Parade of Lights, Court End Christmas and Tacky Light Run…all this weekend. Happy holidays, Richmond!

Holiday House Tours
Richmond’s beautiful, beautiful late 19th century, early 20th century houses. From the Fan to Church Hill, you can check out many of these gems all decked out for the holidays on holiday house tours. Fan Holiday House Tour on Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m., $25 in advance, $30 day of tour. Church Hill Holiday House tour on Sunday, $20 in advance, $25 day of tour, noon to 5 p.m.

The Tacky Light Run is back for its second year of a 6K run around one of Richmond’s best neighborhoods for Tacky Lights. Deck yourself out in your tackiest sweater, string yourself with lights and get ready for selfie stations throughout the route. Last year’s run sold out at 5,000.  Hosted by Sports Backers. $45 to $50. Begins at 6 p.m.

Check out the brightly decorated boats as they motor down the river for the James River Parade of Lights. The parade begins in Richmond, just below the fall line, and the boats cruise through Henrico and Chesterfield counties to the Varina-Enon Bridge. We suggest nabbing a window-table at The Boathouse or Conch Republic for optimal viewing. Or grab dinner at a Church Hill hotspot like The Roosevelt and then walk over to Libbie Hill Park to watch the boats. Viewing spots include Libby Hill Park, corner of 28th and East Franklin streets, entertainment begins at 4:30 p.m., parade viewing at 6 p.m. Intermediate Terminal Dock, Dock and Water streets, parade viewing at 6 p.m. Osborne Park and Boat Landing, 9530 Osborne Turnpike, entertainment begins at 4 p.m., parade viewing 7-7:30 p.m. Dutch Gap Boat Landing, 441 Coxendale Road, parade viewing 7:30-7:45 p.m. Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Road, entertainment begins at 6 p.m., parade viewing 7:45-8 p.m.

The Court End Christmas in  downtown Richmond, offers free admission and holiday festivities all day long. Carriage rides, carolers, living history, live music, children’s crafts, gift shops and more. A complimentary shuttle will circulate among all sites throughout the event. Stop by The Valentine, The Museum and White House of the Confederacy, The Egyptian Building, the State Capitol, the Executive Mansion and many more sites throughout the day. Noon to 5 p.m. Free.

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Celebrate Black History Month M. H. West & Co., Inc. has produced a Black History Month Quiz which has images of several notable African–Americans both past and present. How many will you be able to identify? The answers key is on the back.


The M2Arm Collection, Unique Digital Art by Marilyn H. West

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