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Norfolk Southern CEO Voted Chair of Hampton Roads Community Foundation Board

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation recently elected James A. Squires, chairman, president and CEO of Norfolk Southern Corp., as its new board chair. Squires previously served as vice-chair. The Foundation’s board also elected a new vice-chair, Sharon Goodwyn, Counsel, Hunton Andrews Kurth, LLP. Goodwyn is the Foundation’s first woman and African American to serve in a top leadership position on the board.

James A. Squires James A. Squires


Sharon Goodwyn Sharon Goodwyn

Squires and Goodwyn will serve as leaders of the 17-member board along with treasurer G. Robert Aston Jr., executive chairman of TowneBank, and secretary Deborah M. DiCroce, president and CEO of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation.

“Serving on the board gives me a chance to support the people and nonprofits who are working to make the region better.” Squires said. “I join them with a deep passion for helping residents thrive and enjoy life in this wonderful region.”

7 Nonprofits Win $1.32 Million in Grants

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation recently awarded the Tidewater Community College Educational Foundation $500,000 over five years to help build the Perry Center for Visual & Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management in Norfolk’s NEON district.

The new 47,000 square-foot building located at the corner of Brambleton Avenue and Granby Street will house Tidewater Community College’s visual arts and culinary arts programs and provide space for a new restaurant management program. 

TCC was among seven area nonprofits awarded more than $1.32 million in grants during the community foundation’s first round of competitive Community Grant funding for 2019. Grants were focused on Environmental Stewardship and Vibrant Places.

Funds came primarily from donors’ unrestricted and field-of-interest funds. Other organizations awarded grants were:

  • Elizabeth River Project, $135,000 over three years to create a clearinghouse of sea level rise resources for area K-12 educators and to fund a regional expo for student projects. Funding comes in part from the Barbara Upton Wilson Fund.
  • Fort Monroe Foundation, $250,000 over two years to help convert a building at the former Fort Monroe military base in Hampton into a 16,200-square-foot visitor and education center and gateway to the historic site. Funding comes in part from the Vernon and Judith Cofer Fund.
  • Friends of the Elizabeth River Trail Foundation, $200,000 over two years to help add amenities to the 10.5-mile, multi-use pedestrian and bike trail that connects neighborhoods, businesses, universities and visitor attractions throughout Norfolk. Planned amenities include 11 trailheads with parking, hydration stations, playground and fitness equipment, bike racks and kayak launches.
  • Virginia Beach Art Center, $25,000 to help renovate a facility in the ViBe Creative District of Virginia Beach for art classes, exhibitions and interactions with local artists.
  • Virginia Beach Library Foundation, $60,000 for a new bookmobile to serve children in Virginia Beach and bring early literacy programs to child-care centers.
  • VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads, $145,000 to support VolunTier Vision, which helps match potential volunteers with nonprofit opportunities in the region.

Neil Rose Receives Barron Black Award


Attorney Neil L. Rose was recently honored as the recipient of the 2018 Barron F. Black Community Builder Award. Neil, who specializes in trust and estates, tax and business law at Willcox Savage, is the 12th professional advisor to receive the annual award from the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. It is named for Barron Black, an attorney with Vandeventer Black and champion for philanthropy who served as the community foundation's first board chair from 1950 until his death in 1974. 

Like Barron, Neil is an attorney known for his community work. He served as vice chair of the Virginia Beach School Board and the volunteer head of the Kiwanis Club of Norfolk, Virginia Beach Education Foundation and Temple Beth El. He currently serves on the board of Zeiders American Dream Theater, Temple Beth El Foundation, his Kiwanis Club and the Education Foundation.

Neil's award included an original piece of art -- a wood turned piece by Mike Dennis of Virginia Beach made from a Norfolk Island pine tree felled by Hurricane Matthew. Neil also got to recommend a $5,000 grant to a nonprofit. He chose Zeiders American Dream Theater in Virginia Beach's Town Center area. 

New Resource for Fundholders and Partners 

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation now offers a free resource for foundation fundholders and Community Leadership Partners through the National Center for Family Philanthropy. The Family Philanthropy Knowledge Center offers access to hundreds of timely articles, webinars and examples of family philanthropy. For online access, contact Vivian Oden at (757) 622-7951.

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