Bowling with the stars for CHKD

January 11th, 2012 at 6:38 pm by under News, Personalities, Sports, Uncategorized

**UPDATE** Michelle Thrift, from Circle of The Bridge, emailed me on January 18 to say they raised $5,700!

I had a great time bowling at  AMF Lynnhaven Lanes in Virginia Beach Saturday.

Our team was made up of WAVY & Fox 43′s Liz Palka and Stephanie Harris, Liz’s boyfriend Mike and Stephanie’s sons.  The other local t.v. stations had teams, too and we all had a great time interacting with each other and folks who came out to support the cause.

I hadn’t been bowling in a few years and my skills certainly didn’t get better during that stretch.

Chesapeake native and New York Mets star David Wright was the main attraction (for many reasons). ;-)

He is a huge supporter of Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters in Norfolk.  He has donated a lot of money and equipment for the kids who spend time there for medical treatment.  This bowling event was organized by  the “Circle in the Bridge” of The King’s Daughters.

Circle In The Bridge (from their Facebook page)

They are career women who raise money and awareness for CHKD. The group is made up of the most caring folks. The smiles on their faces and willingness to help was really evident. They had a silent auction and sold raffle tickets to help raise money. I have seen first hand how CHKD helps local sick children and their families.

Nijel hanging out with Alvin from The Chipmunks

A dear family friend named Nijel was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2010. Doctors successfully removed most of it and treated Nijel for a few months and when I visited him, his spirits were good and he received great care and attention. I spent time with him in the play room on his hospital wing. The toys, games, and electronics were amazing. I made sure I told David Wright about it when I met him. Folks were tugging on him for pictures and to chat (and he was actually bowling, too) but he made time for all of us with a gracious smile.    That’s what I’m talking about! ;-)

“It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.” — John Cassis


Local chef whips up a treat and relief for storm victims

June 14th, 2011 at 11:48 pm by under Personalities, Uncategorized


Chris Hill is a local chef at 3 Way Cafe and Baxter’s in Hampton Roads , but he’s also a graduate of the University of Alabama and he believes in giving back.

That’s why he’s serving up  a “Taste of the South” gourmet tapas to raise money for the American Red Cross to help recent victims of tornadoes and flooding disasters over the past few months.

Tuscaloosa, AL flooding. Photo by Vicki Montet, CNN

The big event is being held on Friday, June 17 at the Granby Theater in downtown Norfolk. Tickets cost $40 in advance and $45 at the door.

In addition to the proceeds from the ticket sales, there will be a silent auction and an opportunity to donate directly to the Red Cross. In addition to the cuisine, there will be music and dancing. The event goes from 7 to 10pm.

Chef Chris is a friend. I think this is a wonderful way for him to give back to his friends down south and now we can, too! Check out his blog and recipes.

Seven months later, still no arrest in Officer Decker’s death

May 3rd, 2011 at 11:26 pm by under News, Personalities, Uncategorized

The seasons have changed and still no arrest in the Victor Decker case.

Officer Victor Decker

The Norfolk police officer was found dead outside his truck on Oceana Boulevard in Virginia Beach in October.

Ofc. Decker on bike patrol. Photo by David Beloff

He wasn’t just any cop, he was the guy on bike patrol in downtown who took care of everyone and always shared a smile and a photo of his newborn baby girl, Charlotte.

Decker tribute on Granby Street, Feb '11

His death was shocking and still causes pain. Some tributes on Granby Street have faded, but the memories remain.Several fundraisers have been held to benefit his widow, Dawn and their daughter who recently started walking.

I attended the Blue Soul silent auction and fundraiser at the Mambo Room in Norfolk over the weekend. The wall was lined with photos of Norfolk’s police officers who died in the line of duty.

There were plenty of pictures of Victor and his family.

Guests could win the prints through the silent auction and money was also raised through a raffle ticket sale.Blue Soul organizer Kathy Lamm says they raised just over $1,000 at the event.

Time is passing by and the season will soon change again, but hopefully people won’t forget Officer Decker and hopefully someone, somewhere will give police important clues to solve this mystery. If you have any information, contact Virginia Beach or Norfolk Police directly of call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. Remember, you can remain anonymous and could win a reward. The reward is increased in this case.