News & Views – 11.10.2011

Local Business Owner Raises $33k For Rover
Corbin Snow, owner of Snow’s Garden Center & Landscaping, was awarded the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy at Saturday’s CASPCA Critter Ball.  The award was given to the ‘contestant’ who raised the most money and performed the best dance for Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA supporters.
Snow started his Corbin Rocks 4 Rover campaign last Spring and kept his CASPCA awareness messaging in front of potential supporters by promoting it consistently on his blog site, on Snow’s website, on Facebook, Twitter and also on his long-running 1070 WINA radio Snow Knows Radio Show.  As a local family-business owner who is very involved in the community, Snow also reached out to friends and other business owners and it really paid off.  His final count for his part in the annual fundraiser was in access of $33,000.  “I am so thankful for the awesome community contributions and for all of the local businesses that supported my efforts,” stated Snow.  “It’s amazing what a community can do when we all work together!”  “Corbin’s magnetism in the community throughout the past few months was wonderful,” stated Critter Ball Co-Chair, Ginger Germani.  “He really worked tremendously hard to generate awareness for the work we are doing at the SPCA!”
Corbin Snow and his dancing partner Robin Grimsby of Spin City Dance Studio performed a unique and energetic dance for Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA supporters at UVA’s Slaughter Recreation Center on Saturday night.  Snow’s whip-cracking expertise to Frankie Laine’s “Raw Hide” brought screaming cheers from the audience and encouraged even more donations or “votes” on his behalf.  Soon after he agreed to participate in the dance contest, he began getting into shape at ACAC.  “I’ve actually lost over 35 pounds since we started our campaign,” said Snow.  “I knew that I could never have danced like I did and performed all of those lifts without getting into shape first, and I knew I was facing some stiff competition.”  
John McAllister, Michael Mallory, Katharine Beights, Mary Morony, Mac & Elsie Thompson, Eliza O’Connell, and Tara Wheeler all competed with their professional dance partners and raised so much money themselves.  After a wonderful and successful night, totals raised for were over $113,000, which will go a long way for our communities’ No Kill shelter.  The Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA counts on the support of residents to take care of hundreds of homeless pets until they are able to find homes for each and every one of them.  The annual Critter Ball event is only one of their many fundraising efforts. 
“I can not say enough about how amazing our dance competition was this year,” said Germani.  “Our celebrities and instructors put so much dedication into this production and in the end, the animals at our SPCA are the winners!  Congratulations to Corbin and to all of our dancers for setting a new record for the SPCA Critter Ball!
Montpelier Honors Veterans; Hosts Walking Tours
On Friday, November 11, Montpelier—the Orange County home of James and Dolley Madison—will salute all veterans with free admission for those who are serving or have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Then on Sunday, November 13, Montpelier will host the Freedman’s Farm Tour and Confederate Winter Camp Site Walking Tour. Visitors will tour the Gilmore Farm, home of George Gilmore, born a slave at Montpelier, followed by a walking tour of the 1863-1864 Confederate winter encampment site. 2:00 p.m.  For more information on both activities, call 540-672-2728.
“Battle of Waynesborough” Tour
The “Battle of Waynesborough” Walking Tour will take place on Saturday, November 12 at 10:00 .m. Visitors will gather at the Plumb House Museum, 1012 W. Main Street, Waynesboro. There is a $5 donation. The Plumb House was built between 1802 and 1804, during the time of Thomas Jefferson’s presidency. This historic house, the oldest frame dwelling in Waynesboro, was home to five generations of the Plumb Family before it was acquired by the WHF. The house was caught in the midst of the Civil War Battle of Waynesboro on March 2, 1865 and hosts the annual reenactment of the Battle of Waynesboro. Collections of Civil War and Native American artifacts are on display. The grounds feature a slave-built brick patio, a historic garden, summer kitchen, and other outbuildings. This museum is located one block from the old Presbyterian Cemetery where 25 Confederate soldiers are buried.
Third Annual Design House fundraiser to take place on May 5-20, 2012
For over 32 years, the Shelter for Help in Emergency has provided free, confidential services to victims of domestic violence and their families in Charlottesville and the surrounding community.  Design House is the Shelter’s signature fundraising event to sustain those services and programs while educating the community about its work.
With Design House, the Shelter for Help in Emergency hopes to offer a tangible reminder of the home we would wish for each person in our community: a haven of love and laughter, free from fear and violence. No matter how different the structures of our dwellings may be, surely they can all share that quality at heart, because peace on earth begins at home.
Each year, a Charlottesville-area homeowner generously extends the use of his or her residence for the Design House event. Designers and their vendors assigned to individual rooms and spaces showcase their talents and the latest in interior design styles and techniques. The result is a unique tour for visitors, where each room reflects a designer’s creative vision and provides endless and inspiring ideas for the home.
The search is underway for a house in the Charlottesville area to be the venue for 2012. Please contact Pat Baker at if you have or know of an ideal property.
Design House 2012 will be open to the public for tours and other special events from May 5 through May 20, 2012.  The House is also available for private and corporate events.