Monthly Archives: October 2010

18th Annual Sheltering Arms Golf Tourney a Success

Dozens of golfers hit the links yesterday for a good cause, as Sheltering Arms held its 18th annual Different Strokes Golf Extravaganza. This year’s tourney was held at Windy Hill Sports Complex in Midlothian. Foursomes were comprised of one disabled golfer and three non-disabled golfers. The goal was fun … and funds!

This year’s tournament raised money to go toward the purchase of a Paragolfer® to be kept at Windy Hill for use by disabled golfers. The Paragolfer® is a unique device that allows golfers with lower and upper body disabilities to not only easily get around the golf course, but also rise to a standing position to strike the ball.  It was developed by pro golfer and paraplegic Anthony Netto.

Below are some images from yesterday’s event. Click on each to view a larger version!

Anthony Netto chats with two tournament participants who got to try out the Paragolfer®

Anthony demonstrates his one-armed swing and the Paragolfer®

Anthony poses with Sheltering Arms staff volunteers after the tourney.


Images from the Dedication of Bal du Bois Renderings at MRMC

Below is a slideshow from yesterday’s dedication of Bal Du Bois set renderings at Sheltering Arms Hospital at Memorial Regional Medical Center.  The renderings represent the more than five decades of work by Robert Watkins and deVeaux Riddick to make Bal du Bois the fantastic social event and Sheltering Arms fundraiser that it is.  We thank them for their service!

Sheltering Arms Honoring More Than 50 Years of Service By Richmond Artistic Icons

The following release was issued on October 13 by Sheltering Arms:

(Richmond, Virginia) – The Junior Board of Sheltering Arms and the Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation Hospital is announcing the celebration of five decades of artwork produced by Richmond artistic icons Robert Watkins and deVeaux Riddick for Sheltering Arms’ longest-running and most successful annual fundraiser – the Bal du Bois.

Watkins and Riddick have been associated with the Bal du Bois since 1956, when they were approached in their small modern design store by a member of the Sheltering Arms Junior Board. At the time they were asked if they could wrap up their passion, pizzazz, and panache for the theatrical into a backdrop for a fundraiser for Sheltering Arms Hospitals. They agreed, and have contributed their artistic talents creating “sets” for the event every year since, including their masterpiece for the 2010 Bal du Bois held earlier this year.

Sheltering Arms is celebrating Watkins and Riddick by displaying renderings of their Bal du Bois works over the decades at the Sheltering Arms Hospital at Memorial Regional Medical Center in Hanover County. These renderings will be dedicated at a ceremony to be held at noon on Thursday, October 14 (8254 Atlee Rd in Mechanicsville). The renderings will be displayed permanently.

“The display of these works is in honor of the generosity and years of service by Robert and deVeaux to Sheltering Arms,” said James E. Sok, Sheltering Arms President and Chief Executive Officer. “Sheltering Arms appreciates the uniqueness that their aristic talents have brought to this important fundraiser.”

The Bal du Bois, or “Woodland Ball”, began in June of 1957. In that first year, the social event raised $8,500 for Sheltering Arms. By 2000, proceeds to the hospital from the event reached $100,000 annually. Funds raised from the Bal Du Bois help pay for medical care and provide financial assistance for patients who have suffered setbacks from illness and injury.

About Sheltering Arms Hospitals
Sheltering Arms helps patients find the Power to Overcome the obstacles of illness and injury with a complete range of physical rehabilitation and wellness services. To learn more about Sheltering Arms’ two hospitals and nine outpatient clinics visit, call 1-877-56-REHAB, or connect with Sheltering Arms on Facebook or Twitter.


Sheltering Arms Golf Tourney Still Has Open Slots

The registration deadline for the 18th annual Different Strokes Golf Extravaganza is today, but we’re still looking for more golfers!  The tourney is October 17 at the Windy Hill Golf and Sports Complex.  Proceeds will go toward the purchase of a unique tool for Sheltering Arms’ Adaptive Golf Program.

You can find more information about the tourney here.

If you’re interested, call (804) 764-5275.  The registration form for the tournament can be found here:

UPDATE: If you read this on the 14th or 15th and want to play, give us a call!  We may still have slots open!

Sheltering Arms’ Partnership with PT Works Featured on WRIC TV-8

If you watched WRIC TV-8 in Richmond this week, you may have noticed them talking about Sheltering Arms!  The station’s Economic Update segment featured a story about the addition of PT Works to the Sheltering Arms family. You can watch the video below (after a brief advertisement)!

Northern Neck Woman Overcomes Paralysis, with Help from Sheltering Arms

We love hearing success stories, and there’s a great one featured in the Northern Neck News this week. Alyson Pugh was paralyzed when she came to Sheltering Arms at Memorial Regional Medical Center. About a month later, she walked out the door. Here’s the link to her must-read story:

Warsaw woman overcomes paralysis