Nominate a Richmond History Maker

You have from now until June 30th to nominate citizens and outstanding organizations that are making largely unrecognized contributions to communities .

The Valentine invites any community member to nominate this year’s Richmond History Makers. The twelfth annual program recognizes five everyday citizens and outstanding organizations that are making largely unrecognized contributions to communities within the Greater Richmond Metropolitan area.

Nominations are currently being accepted through June 30. Nominations may be submitted online at

A committee comprised of graduates of the Leadership Metro Richmond program and previous honorees will oversee the nomination and selection process. The five honorees will be notified in early August and will be recognized at the annual Richmond History Makers Celebration on October 18 at the Valentine. The program is presented by Dominion.

Who to Nominate

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

How to Nominate

Nominations will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on June 30, and may be submitted:

  • Online at
  • By Fax (804) 643-3510
  • By Mail Attn: Richmond History Makers Nomination, c/o The Valentine, 1015 E. Clay Street, Richmond, VA 23219-1527

2015 Honorees

2015 honorees were (names associated with organizations were current at the time of the award):

  • Encouraging Regional Collaboration – The Greater Richmond Age Wave
  • Promoting Stronger Communities – Darcy S. Oman, The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia
  • Demonstrating Innovative Solutions – WRIR-LP 97.3 FM
  • Creating Quality Educational Opportunities – GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc. (GRASP)
  • Improving Social Justice – Ana Edwards, Sacred Ground Reclamation Project

A description and list of all previous honorees appears on


The public is invited to the Richmond History Maker’s Celebration with honoree presentations and a cocktail reception on Tuesday, October 18 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at the Valentine. Tickets will be available after September 1.


Corporations and organizations that support the Richmond History Makers program include (as of May 1):

  • Presenting Sponsor: Dominion
  • Lead Sponsors: Altria, Bon Secours Richmond Health System
  • Collaborating Partner: Leadership Metro Richmond, The Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence
  • Media Sponsors: Richmond Times-Dispatch, WRIC 8 News

Sponsorship information is available by contacting Sarah Kim at (804) 649-0711, ext. 302.

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Richard Hayes

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