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Sponsor Spotlight: Hero Family Underwriters

Thursday - April 12, 2018

You've been seeing profiles of our brave Heroes. They're our guests of honor. Thanks to the generosity of our Hero Family Underwriters, the whole family will come to the Heroes Art Ball and celebrate together.


Advisory Council

Thursday - April 12, 2018

We are grateful for our long-standing partnership with Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU and the VCU Massey Cancer Center. Many of the top physicians and scientists have joined our Advisory Council to help us strategically support programs and research. It's an impressive list of who's who in the medical field.

2018 Connor's Heroes Foundation Advisory Council

Seth Corey, MD, MPH
Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cancer Research

Steven R. Grossman, M.D., Ph.D.
Deputy director, VCU Massey Cancer Center

John M. McCarty, MD
Medical Director, Bone Marrow Transplantation Program

Elias Neujahr, MHA, MBA
CEO, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU

Jeniece S. Roane, MS, RN, NE-BC
Interim Vice President, Children’s Services

Jennifer M. Rohan, Ph.D.
Director of Psychosocial Clinical Care and Research

Bruce K. Rubin, MEngr, MD, MBA, FRCPC
Jessie Ball duPont Distinguished Professor and Chair, Dept. of Pediatrics

India Sisler, MD
Clinical Director, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Sponsor Spotlight: Childrens Hospital and Massey Cancer

Monday - April 9, 2018

We have a very special guest coming to the Heroes Art Ball. Elias Neujahr is the first CEO of Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. He will provide some remarks to our guests right before we introduce you to our childhood cancer heroes! Look for him and his wife, Chrissy, along with a spirited crew from Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU and the VCU Massey Cancer Center. They are Sidekick Sponsors, generously supporting the Heroes Art Ball!

Learn more about Elias when VCU announced him coming to Richmond.

Pic credit: news.vcu.edu

Connor’s Heroes:  The Journey Continues

Wednesday - April 4, 2018

A Message from Lisa Goodwin, Founder and Executive Director (and Connor's mom)

When we started Connor’s Heroes in 2006, right after Connor finished his treatment for leukemia, we had big goals of filling the gaps in support services for local families who were battling childhood cancer. We especially wanted to provide support to families who didn’t already have it. We also had a deep desire to bring pediatric cancer research to Richmond. Twelve years later, our nonprofit has evolved and matured into an organization that is providing direct support to 100 families a year, while leading the charge in pediatric cancer research here in Richmond with funding from the Connor's Heroes Pediatric Cancer Research Fund and the Jamie Hess Fund.

I believe it is now time to turn over the reins of the Executive Director position. I am happy to share with you that Celia Tetlow will be the next Executive Director of Connor’s Heroes.  I can’t think of anyone better to help take our organization into its next phase of development. Celia has been involved with Connor‘s Heroes for over eight years and currently serves as the Vice Chair of our Board and Chair of the Development Committee. She may look familiar to you because she has chaired the Heroes Art Ball Committee for several years and continues to lead our monthly art sessions. She is a fundraising professional with an intense passion for our mission. 

Of course, I will always be a Founder of this organization. After all, it's named after my son and the heroes who were there for my family. I will continue to serve as a member of its Board of Directors. Much like Connor, who is a sophomore in high school, I helped grow Connor's Heroes, “my baby,“ through preschool and into adolescence. Now it’s ready to go off to college. It’s time to send it off into the world without me constantly by its side, but always knowing that I am right there ready to hold its hand whenever needed.  

As many of you know, I was a full-time environmental attorney at Hirschler Fleischer when Connor was diagnosed in 2001. While I have continued to practice law in a part-time role over the years, I am feeling called to return to my full-time practice. I am confident that I leave Connor‘s Heroes in the most capable hands with Celia and our dedicated board.  Our staff (Erin, Fran, and Ceci) also are thrilled to have Celia transition into this role.

I am excited for this new chapter of my life as well as the life of Connor’s Heroes. I look forward to staying involved, and hope with all of my heart that all of you will as well.  Celia will begin working as Executive Director on April 18.  I will provide support through a transition time into early May and then will begin working at Hirschler Fleischer.

If you have any questions, you may feel free to reach out to any of us:

Lisa Goodwin:  lisa@connorsheroes.org or (804) 897-1272
Tom Voekler (Board Chair):  tvoekler@kv-legal.com
Celia Tetlow:  celiamtetlow@gmail.com


Sponsor Spotlight: Eagle Construction, ABC and Napier

Monday - April 2, 2018

We're happy to welcome Eagle Construction to our community of helping heroes. They are sponsoring the 8th Heroes Art Ball for the first time. They join long-time friends, Atlantic Bulk Carrier and Megan Napier with Napier Realtors, as Backpack Sponsors. Connor gave out his first Heroes Backpack to his best friend during treatment, Owen. That was January 2007! Since that time, we've helped 1000 families journey through childhood cancer. In this picture, also in 2007, Connor's delivered a Heroes Backpack to a patient named Darius.

Sponsor Spotlight: Chem Treat and Hunton & Williams LLP

Thursday - March 29, 2018

Chem Treat, McGuireWoods, the Linhart Foundation and Hunton & Williams LLP are Hero Sponsors of the 8th Annual Heroes Art Ball. We are honored by the area businesses who want to make a difference in the lives of children battling cancer. Because of their generosity, your ticket, bids and donations will directly help our families and fund the important research happening in Richmond. Tickets are for sale online. You can purchase for yourself or reserve a table. If you can't join us, you can register so you can bid online at our silent auction. 501auctions.com/heroesartball


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March Heroes Art Session

Thursday - March 22, 2018

Wow! Our young Heroes of RVA are super excited about the 8th Annual Heroes Art Ball. At our Heroes Art Session, we had a full house of friends, siblings, parents, volunteers and artists. This is our last session before the big day. In the pictures you'll get a sneak peek at the beautiful art that will be auctioned during our main event. The Heroes Art Ball is Connor's Heroes biggest fundraiser of the year. 501auctions.com/heroesartball


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Sponsor Spotlight: Virginia Business Systems

Wednesday - March 21, 2018

It wouldn't be a Heroes Art Ball without Virginia Business Systems. Not only do they sponsor every year, but they purchase Heroes Art during the live auction too! Behind the scenes, they provide our office copier and support, and print the program that includes beautiful photos of our Heroes and their incredible art. Look for Jim and Cathy, Rick and Molly, and their friends, family and associates sitting together at their sponsor table at the main stage. 


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Sponsor Spotlight: Kaplan Voekler Cunningham & Frank PLC

Wednesday - March 14, 2018

Are you ready for your close up? When you walk into the Heroes Art Ball step over to our "red carpet." We'll take your picture to commemorate the night. Kaplan Voekler Cunningham & Frank PLC has been generously supporting this event for the past six years. They have been our Social Media Sponsor for the past three years. They invite the entire law firm to attend. As a result, their office downtown is full of art that they have purchased at the Heroes Art Ball. Tom Voekler is the chair of the CHF Board. Jillian, their financial guru, co-chairs this year's event (again!). We are lucky to have them dedicate their time and talent to helping our Hero families. Tickets are for sale online. You can purchase for yourself or reserve a table that seats ten. If you can't join us, you can register so you can bid online at our silent auction. 501auctions.com/heroesartball

Sponsor Spotlight: AT&T

Wednesday - March 14, 2018

When you're at the gala, be sure to grab your friends and pop in the HotShotz Photo Booth. It is brought to you by the generous sponsor AT&T. This is the second year that AT&T is a sponsor for the Heroes Art Ball. As you can see, they bring lots of smiles to the night.