Richmond History Makers


The Valentine launched Richmond History Makers in 2005 to annually recognize, honor and celebrate those everyday citizens and outstanding organizations that are making significant contributions to the greater Richmond region.

2016 Honorees

2016 RHM Honorees

Back Row (L-R): Chris Dovi, Rebecca Dovi, Joann Henry, Jack Berry
Front Row (L-R): Edward H. Peeples, Jr. PhD, Patty Parks

Promoting Stronger Communities
Patty Parks, Richmond Public Library

Improving Social Justice
Edward H. Peeples, Jr. PhD

Creating Quality Educational Opportunities
Joann Henry, Dream Academy, Inc.

Demonstrating Innovative Solutions
Chris & Rebecca Dovi, CodeVA

Encouraging Regional Collaboration
Jack Berry, Richmond Region Tourism


Each of the five honorees are recognized at the annual Richmond History Makers Celebration on October 18, 2016 from 6-8:30 pm.

The 2016 Richmond History Makers Celebration is Sold Out!



Public nominations are accepted each year beginning on May 1 and ending on June 30.

The nomination period has ended for this year.

Nominees should be individuals, companies and organizations who are benefiting our community by mentoring best practices, leading successful initiatives and contributing positively through innovative methods.

Nominees should be selected based upon distinction in one of the following categories:

  • Creating Quality Educational Opportunities:

    Nominee will have enhanced educational opportunities for citizens, improved academic achievement, or ensured a safe, constructive learning environment.

  • Demonstrating Innovative Solutions:

    Nominee will have demonstrated innovation and vision in making the Richmond region a better place to live, work, or visit.

  • Encouraging Regional Collaboration:

    Nominee will have endeavored to bring together different entities to develop solutions that improve efficiency and effectiveness of programs across jurisdictions.

  • Improving Social Justice:

    Nominee will have shown a commitment to promoting diversity, access and opportunity for all.

  • Promoting Stronger Communities:

    Nominee will have worked to address problems, develop initiatives, or pokies online make lasting improvements that result in stronger, more stable communities.


2016 Sponsors

RHM Sponsors