Order Your Tickets for our September 26, Annual Awards Benefit and Celebrate the Work of our Honorees

Join the party at the Hippodrome Theater in Richmond’s historic Jackson Ward neighborhood on Wed., Sept. 26 at 6PM. Guest will enjoy an evening of cocktails, dinner, and Salsa dance lessons as the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (VICPP) recognizes the hard work and extraordinary contributions of its volunteers and partner organizations. Individual tickets are $100 and sponsorships are available.

Attendees will include faith, government and community leaders from across Virginia who care about issues that impact the lives of lower-income Virginians. This event is the Center’s signature (and only) fundraising event of the year. We hope you will become an event sponsor.

VICPP advocates economic and social justice in Virginia’s policies and practices through education, prayer, and action. This year we celebrate the achievements of our honorees for their work advocating for Medicaid expansion, criminal justice reform, immigrant rights and wage justice. A key victory this year was the passage of Medicaid expansion which will enable 400,000 Virginians to access health care services.

Medicaid expansion honorees

Jill A. Hanken is an attorney for the Virginia Poverty Law Center and Director of its Enroll Virginia project. She was a statewide leader of the Medicaid expansion effort and the Health Care for All Virginians Coalition.

Senator Emmett W. Hanger, Jr. a Republican from the 24th district located in the central Shenandoah Valley, was the primary champion of Medicaid expansion in the Senate.

Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association was a key partner in the fight to expand Medicaid. VHHA is focused on principled, innovative and effective advocacy and works to advance health and economic opportunity for all Virginians.

Immigrant rights honorees

Virginia Intercollegiate Immigrant Alliance (VIIA) is a network of students who advocate tuition equity for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students.

Criminal justice reform honoree

Lillie Branch Kennedy is the Founder and President of RIHD (Resource, Information, Help for the Disadvantaged and Disenfranchised). Ms. Kennedy is one of the leading advocates for criminal justice reform in Virginia. This year the felony threshold was raised from $200 to $500.

Wage justice honorees

The Richmond Living Wage Committee, a joint project of the City of Richmond’s Office of Community Wealth Building and the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy. On March 22, Richmond Mayor Stoney announced the launch of the first Living Wage Certification program in Virginia. The committee has already certified over 20 companies and organizations.

The Alexandria Living Wage Committee launched the Living Wage Certification Program on July 16, that certifies employers who pay their workers a wage in line with the cost of living in the city.

Event and Ticket Information

Date: Wed., Sept. 26, 2018
Time: 6-9:30PM
Location: Hippodrome Theater, 528 N 2nd St, Richmond, VA
Ticket Link    virginiainterfaithcenter.org/annual-celebration-and-awards

Contact: Amanda Silcox, amanda@virginiainterfaithcenter.org 804-643-2474 ext.105

Media Contact

Roberta Oster, Communications Director

Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy
Richmond, VA
(804) 643-2472, ext. 103