Nominations for 2011 History Makers Awards

RICHMOND, VA – The Valentine Richmond History Center invites the public to nominate this year’s Richmond History Makers. The seventh annual program recognizes everyday citizens and outstanding organizations making largely unrecognized contributions to communities within the Greater Richmond Metropolitan area.

The public call for nominations is May 1 – June 30, 2011. Nominations may be submitted via A committee comprised of graduates of the Leadership Metro Richmond program and previous History Maker honorees will oversee the nomination and selection process. Honorees will be notified in late July and will be recognized at the 7th Annual Richmond History Makers Celebration on October 18, 2011, at the Valentine Richmond History Center. The program is presented by Dominion.

Honorees may be individuals, organizations or corporations and are selected in one of five categories. Please visit for a complete set of nomination criteria:

  • Creating Quality Educational Opportunities – Nominee has enhanced educational opportunities for citizens, improved academic achievement, or ensured a safe, constructive learning environment
  • Demonstrating Innovative Solutions – Nominee has demonstrated innovation and vision in making the Richmond region a better place to live, work or visit
  • Encouraging Regional Collaboration – Nominee has endeavored to bring together regional entities to create synergy and improve efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Improving Social Justice – Nominee has showed a commitment to promoting diversity, access and opportunity for all
  • Promoting Stronger Communities – Nominee has worked to address problems, develop initiatives, or made lasting improvements that result in stronger, more stable communities.

Nominees must be living, agree to publicity and be making a difference in Richmond or one of 13 surrounding counties (see nomination form for county list). Nominations will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on June 30, 2011, and may be submitted online at or downloaded and sent via hard copy by:

• Fax              (804) 643-3510

• Mail              Richmond History Makers Nomination

c/o Valentine Richmond History Center

1015 E. Clay Street

Richmond, VA 23219

2010 honorees were (names associated with organizations were current at the time of the award):

  • Encouraging Regional Collaboration – MINDS WIDE OPEN: Virginia Celebrates Women in the Arts
  • Promoting Stronger Communities  – Melba Gibbs (Freedom House)
  • Demonstrating Innovative Solutions – HandsOn Greater Richmond
  • Creating Quality Educational Opportunities – Virginia Mentoring Partnership
  • Improving Social Justice – Anne Lane (The Daily Planet)


The public is invited to the Richmond History Maker’s Celebration with honoree presentations and a cocktail reception on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., at the Valentine Richmond History Center. Tickets will be available after September 1st at by calling (804) 649-0711, ext. 325 or by mailing a check (payable to VRHC) to RHM Tickets c/o Valentine Richmond History Center, 1015 E. Clay St., Richmond, VA 23219. Ticket price is $40 per person.

Sponsors (as of April 27, 2011)

Corporations and organizations that support the RHM program include:

  • Presenting Sponsor: Dominion
  • Supporting Sponsors: MeadWestvaco, Altria, Inc., Capital One
  • Contributor: Bon Secours, SunTrust, Williams Mullen
  • Patrons: Atlantic Corrugated, BB&T

We also thank our media partners: Richmond Times-Dispatch and Sponsorship information is available by contacting Ty Toepke, Director of Development, Valentine Richmond History Center, (804) 649-0711, ext. 302 or e-mailing

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The Valentine Richmond History Center collects, preserves and interprets Richmond’s 400-year history. Located in the heart of historic downtown Richmond, the History Center provides a lively, compelling venue for Richmond residents and tourists to discover the diverse stories that come together to tell the intriguing history of Richmond.