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June 24, 2013

Blue Ridge foundation gives $14,000 to local non-profits

At Monday's presentation (from left): Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Jon Gregory, Fauquier Free Clinic President Sandi Kelly, Blue Ridge Orthopaedic Foundation Executive Director Leslie Wise, Fauquier Habitat for Humanity President Jim Hricko, Craig Andews of Habitat, Fauquier County Food Distribution Coalition President Susan Dove and Vice President Dave Raeke.
Fauquier Habitat for Humantiy Treasurer Dana Pappas thanks the foundation and Dr. Jeffrey Wise (rear) for the $3,000 donation.
We are part of a very special community that understands the importance of supporting and sustaining these outstanding organizations.
— Leslie Wise, foundation executive director
The Blue Ridge Orthopaedic Foundation of Warrenton this week presented almost $14,000 to 11 Fauquier County nonprofit organizations and educational programs.

The foundation raised the funds with its second annual Bodies in Motion 5k & 10k on Sunday, May 19.

“We are part of a very special community that understands the importance of supporting and sustaining these outstanding organizations,” foundation Executive Director Leslie Wise said. “It’s important to recognize them in this way because it demonstrates that facilitating efforts that make a positive difference is a priority.”

Mrs. Wise made presentations to these organizations and their representatives:

• $3,000 to Fauquier Habitat for Humanity President Jim Hricko and Treasurer Dana Pappas.

• $2,500 to Fauquier Free Clinic President Sandi Kelly.

• $2,500 to Fauquier County Food Distribution Coalition President Susan Dove.

• $2,000 to Boys & Girls Club of Fauquier Executive Director Jon Gregory.

• $1,000 to Fauquier FISH Treasurer Elaine Harris.

• $750 to Fauquier Education Farm President Tony Hooper.

Five other organizations received donations, but their representatives could not attend Monday’s ceremony.

The presentations took place during the Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce’s breakfast at the Airlie Pavilion. U.S. Mark Warner (D-Va.) headlined the event, addressing about 100 local business leaders.

“Giving back to our community has been a long-standing core value at Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center, since its inception more than 40 years ago,” Mrs. Wise said.

In 2012, Dr. Jeffrey Wise, her husband and the practice’s president, and CEO Jeff Hollis established a non-profit philanthropic arm.

“We are responsible for coordinating and administering fundraising initiatives throughout the Piedmont region for a variety of causes including health care, humanities, animal welfare, the arts, education and athletics — to name a few,” Mrs. Wise explained.

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