New President of Colonial Heritage Community Foundation Elected

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James P. Nickols is the new President of the Colonial Heritage Community Foundation.
James P. Nickols is the new President of the Colonial Heritage Community Foundation.

James P. Nickols has been unanimously elected as the new President of the Colonial Heritage Community Foundation.

The previous president, Dick Boyden, recently stepped down for health reasons, and Nickols, who had already served a year on the board, was the obvious choice to replace him.

“I thank the board, Joan Bender, the founder of Colonial Heritage Community Foundation, and Dick Boyden, for their confidence and support” Nickols stated.

Colonial Heritage Community Foundations supports efforts to aid seniors in living a quality life in their homes, in addition to offering care-giver support groups and sponsoring the Innovative Senior Champion Program.

This initiative engages children from 3 to 5 years old, with the seniors once a week, and has received a $20,000 grant from National Lutheran Community and Services as well as a $5,000 grant from Langley federal credit union, which will allow them to expand their program to twice a week starting this September.

In addition to his new role as CHCF’s president, Nickols is pastor of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Norge, where ISCP events are typically held, and the Stonehouse District representative to the Williamsburg-James City County School Board. He was past-president of the James City County Rotary and board chairman of United Campus Ministries serving Christopher Newport University for five years.

Nickols moved to Williamsburg in 1996 while on active duty in the Navy. In 2004, he retired in the grade of Captain after serving 27 years as a Navy Chaplain.

 

Dream Catchers Puts on Its Biggest Fundraiser of the Year

Dream Catcher's 3rd annual Bridles and Bow Ties fundraiser raised money for children and adults with special needs.
Dream Catcher’s 3rd annual Bridles and Bow Ties fundraiser raised money for children and adults with special needs.

Dream Catchers, a therapeutic horseback-riding center located in Toano that offers riding lessons to children and adults with special needs, hosted its annual Bridles and Bow Ties fundraiser last month to great success.

This annual event is typically the biggest fundraiser of the year for the center, and this year was no exception.

Though Dream Catchers does not release dollar figures for its fundraising events, it’s safe to say the proceeds account for a significant chunk of the nonprofit’s revenue.

Dream Catchers supporters Cherylle and Donald Lang donated $10,000 as a “challenge match” for this year’s Bridles and Bow Ties, which was both met and surpassed. The money raised through the challenge match goes to benefit Dream Catchers Scholarships, which provides money for riding lessons to individuals who need help affording them.

Riverside Health System served as the title sponsor this year and donated $7,500, in addition to sponsoring the creation of a 2015 Dream Catcher’s video that debuted at the event. Monarch Bank donated $4,500 to sponsor the auction portion, which featured a variety of enticing prizes packages.

In addition to the auction, Bridles and Bow Ties also featured an elegant dinner and a viewing of the Preakness Stakes, a well-known horse race that was being held on the night of the event.

 

Scholarship Available for Boys in the Arts

The Community Alliance for the Performing Arts has announced that applications are now available for its Boys in The Arts Scholarship.

The purpose of these scholarships is to encourage boys ages 12 to 16 to train in acting, singing, classical ballet, jazz and tap dance, and modern/contemporary dance, among other things.

In particular, the organization hopes to attract boys to the Musical Theater and Classical Ballet Divisions at the Eastern Virginia School for the Performing Arts.

Scholarships are valued up to $3,000 and apply to the 2015-2016 season that runs from this September through next June. Applications must be submitted by June 15 and can be found at www.capafund.org or www.evspa.org.