The Valentine Opens Richmond History Makers Nominations During a Year of Historic Transformation

September 8, 2020

Contact: Eric Steigleder
Director of Communications

The Valentine Opens Richmond History Makers Nominations During a Year of Historic Transformation

The sixteenth annual program will punctuate months of tremendous change across the Richmond Region

RICHMOND — In the midst of an historic moment in our community, the Valentine will open nominations for the 2021 Richmond History Makers & Community Update today. The program honors individuals and organizations making substantive and lasting contributions to the Greater Richmond region.

“We have seen so many Richmonders directly confront the challenges that have come to exemplify the past several months,” said Valentine Director Bill Martin. “During such an unprecedented time, there are even more individuals and organizations making history, and we look forward to receiving nominations that support their bold work.”

The Valentine will again partner with the Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond to highlight the work of six honorees and provide an update on those making a positive impact across the region. The six honorees will be recognized at a community celebration March 9, 2021. Long-time Richmond History Makers sponsor Dominion Energy is returning as the title sponsor.

“We are excited to once again partner with the Valentine for this important program,”  said Scott Blackwell, Chief Community Engagement Officer with the Community Foundation. “At a time when we see so many doing so much, we look forward to shining a spotlight on those whose actions today will impact the community for years to come.”

“Leadership Metro Richmond is a longtime partner in this important endeavor, and we look forward to partnering for the sixteenth year,” said LMR President & CEO Myra Goodman Smith. “‘Making history’ has taken on a whole new meaning during this transformative moment in our community, and we look forward to engaging with those individuals and organizations helping to shape our future in new and exciting ways.”

Nominations for the 2021 Richmond History Makers & Community Update will be accepted September 8 through October 28. You can learn more about the program, view past honorees and nominate your own Richmond history maker at

Additional information, including the status of the celebration on March 9, will be determined after the new year. The Valentine is committed to ensuring a safe and engaging event for our honorees, guests and the public.


About the Valentine
The Valentine has been collecting, preserving and interpreting Richmond’s 400-year history for over a century. Located in the heart of historic downtown, the Valentine is a place for residents and tourists to discover the diverse stories that tell the broader history of this important region.

About the Community Foundation
The Community Foundation is a leading partner and advocate for philanthropy and service in the Richmond region. Founded in 1968, the Community Foundation has built a strong legacy of helping people and institutions give back with passion and purpose.

About Leadership Metro Richmond
Leadership Metro Richmond (LMR) is the region’s community leadership development and engagement organization. Over 2,000 diverse leaders have participated in LMR’s 10-month leadership development program, Leadership Quest. LMR provides leaders with an environment for high-performing conversations, broadens their knowledge and perspectives about the region, and inspires them to serve first then lead.