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Roan Marley shows off some artwork with NATASHA House Executive Director Karen Brown.
Roan Marley shows off some artwork with NATASHA House Executive Director Karen Brown.

One Williamsburg-area boy learned an early lesson on the joy that comes from helping others.

Roan Marley, a 5-year-old whose family recently relocated to Providence Forge after spending the past three years in Williamsburg, wanted to take on a bigger role in his family’s recent yard sale, so he asked his mom if he could set up a booth of his own.

Rather than selling clothes or toys, he decided he wanted to sell some of his own artwork, and rather than keeping the money for himself, he decided he wanted to give the money he raised to families who don’t have enough.

Roan had a cause in mind, and his mother knew just the organization that should benefit.

Andria Timmer, a lecturer at Christopher Newport University, suggested her son donate his earnings to NATASHA House, a local nonprofit whose mission is to break the cycle of homelessness among women and children by providing transitional housing and supportive services.

Timmer picked NATASHA House specifically because it is a local organization that Roan could visit and see firsthand how his donations would be used to affect the lives of others. She hopes this will validate his desire to be charitable and encourage that impulse to stay with him in the future.

Together they were able to tour some of the NATASHA House offices with Executive Director Karen Brown in early May.

Through selling his artwork, which consisted of many colorful hand drawn images that he refers to as his “masterpieces,” Roan raised $80.


Chambrel Williamsburg Celebrates New Name

Brookdale Williamsburg, formerly Chambrel Williamsburg, is celebrating its rebranding with a poolside blowout June 12.

The assisted living and Alzheimer’s care community, located close to downtown Williamsburg, remains under the same ownership but has recently adopted a new name to mirror that of their parent company.

Next week’s festivities are celebrating not only the updated name but also serving as a kickoff party for the 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and the Kiwanis Toano Summer Social.

With so much to celebrate, event planners are trying to make sure this party will be memorable. In addition to food being catered in from Pierce’s Pit BBQ, the Brookdale Executive Dining Team will be grilling up burgers, hot dogs and chicken all night long.

Additionally, ALEWERKS will be on site with some of its most popular selections.

There will be live music all night provided by the Indigo Boys, as well as a supervised kids area stocked with a variety of kid-friendly activities.

“Those of you who joined us for our pool party last year know it was a blast, storm clouds and all. This year’s event is sure to surpass it in all areas, as it will be a super celebration,” said John Nguyen, Brookdale’s director of business development.

This event will take place rain or shine and is free and open to the public. Interested parties wishing to find out more information or RSVP can reach Nguyen at