Live Your Dash

Save the date for our

4th Annual Spring Luncheon
Thursday, March 22, 2018

The John Marshall Ballrooms
11:45am – 1:30pm


2018 Speaker TBD

2017’s Inspirational Speaker: John Dau
Sponsored by NewClients

John’s life provides the ultimate example of perseverance and “living your dash.” He is a natural leader who exemplifies true resilience and courage under horrific circumstances.

Born in war-torn Sudan, John is one of the 27,000 “Lost Boys of Sudan” driven from their villages in 1987 when he was just 13. He spent the next five years leading groups of displaced boys across Sudan facing starvation, disease, and violence. At 17, he was selected to immigrate to the United States and settled in Syracuse, New York.

In 2006, John was featured in the award-winning documentary film “God Grew Tired of Us” and wrote his first book also entitled “God Grew Tired of Us: A Memoir.” John is a National Geographic Explorer, an international keynote speaker, winner of over 40 awards, and a social entrepreneur. He has founded four non-profit organizations and currently serves as the President of both the John Dau Foundation and the South Sudan Institute.

John will share his story of being a “Lost Boy” and the life lessons that helped him overcome adversity. In an emotional and inspiring presentation, John celebrates the power we all have to choose to persevere through any challenges we may face.

“Impossible is what you choose not to do.” – John Dau

2016 Inspirational Speaker: John O’Leary

2015 Inspirational Speaker: David Gallagher


Thank you to our

2017 Live Your Dash Sponsors


Presenting Sponsor

Speaker Sponsor

“Party of Eight” Corporate Table Sponsors



in memory of Nick Bliley


“Family and Friends” Table Sponsors


CKG Foundation and The Gallagher Family
in memory of Cameron Gallagher


The Hummer Family
in memory of Charlie M. Lykins


Vanessa Patterson and Friends


Faisal and Traci Qureshi
in memory of Minhaj Qureshi


Invitation Print Sponsor


Audio/Visual Sponsor

Community Awards Sponsor

Flower Sponsor

in memory of Oliver Martin Placide



To many, it is but a hyphen…
marking time between the years,
but in that little dash, is a lifetime
of laughter, love and tears.

We each create the legacy
our dash will someday represent
and decide if the life we’re given
is truly lived…or merely spent.

Excerpted from “Live Your Dash, Make Every Moment Matter” by Linda Ellis.

 Live Your Dash Award

Live Your Dash awards are presented to a select few in the Richmond area who are truly making a difference in our community and are a shining example of the Live Your Dash motto in action. They are selfless, hard-working, dedicated to their cause, and compassionate towards others. These award winners are using their dash to make sure our Richmond community is a better place to live and work.

2017 Recipients

Mr. Bob Argabright – Bob is a tireless advocate for the students, parents, and faculty of Oak Grove-Bellemeade Elementary School in South Richmond. His efforts at the school have helped draw attention to the needs of this community. He mentors students, recruits volunteers, organizes supply drives, and raises funds to provide them with services. He was honored as Central Virginia’s Mentor of the Year by the Virginia Mentoring Partnership and a nominee for the Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Award.


Dr. Danny Avula – Danny is committed to public health both professionally and personally. Professionally he is the Director of the Richmond City Health District and personally he, three friends, and their wives all chose to move to Church Hill together 12 years ago to help rebuild an impoverished neighborhood together. He also serves on many community boards including the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation, Communities in Schools of Richmond, YMCA of Greater Richmond, Richmond Sports Backers, and he is the Vice Chairman of the Virginia State Board of Social Services.


Miss Monroe Hill – Monroe is a local 7th grader who devoted over 1,600 hours to community service in 2016. She is dedicated to many causes including people with special needs, fighting against cancer and other illnesses, depression and anxiety, hunger and those less fortunate, the elderly, Greyhounds, and more. Her biggest project of 2016 was the creation of Spirit of the Pageant – a pageant to showcase the many abilities of those with disabilities.


Ms. Anne Moss Rogers – Anne Moss, after doing her best to support her teenage son with his mental illness and addiction difficulties, lost him to suicide. She has since become very active in the community supporting other parents and teens struggling with mental health issues. She has been a board member of The Beacon Tree for over six years, has written articles, and created a website/blog “emotionally naked” where she shares her inner most feelings so others will not feel alone.


2016 Award Recipients: Cindy Harris, Dr. Allison Jackson, Cindy Maynard, and Alexander Sims

2015 Award Recipients: David and Grace Gallagher, Shirley Ramsey, Shirley Richardson, and Anna Whiston-Donaldson