Inspiration Sparked By Stories
Each year, The Virginia Home hosts Stories of Courage & Grace ™, a fundraiser driven to inspire residents and loved ones through personal stories by one or more celebrity guests, who share his or her story of success despite their hardship or experience.
Since 2011, Stories of Courage & Grace has been held every year at the Jefferson Hotel in downtown Richmond, Virginia. All proceeds benefit residents of The Virginia Home, who live life with their own special courage and grace.
Stories of Courage & Grace 2020
(postponed until September 2020 – date TBA)
Mark your calendar for Thursday, March 26, 2020 for our 10th Annual Stories of Courage & Grace Event.
Born in Utah in 1987, Elizabeth Smart was abducted from her home at age 14 in June 2002. She was held captive for nine months until she was found in March 2003. She has since become a noted activist and author, launching the Elizabeth Smart Foundation in 2011 and authoring My Story in 2013.
John Edward Walsh Jr. is a television personality, criminal investigator, human rights and victim rights advocate, and the host/creator of America’s Most Wanted. He is known for his anti-crime activism, which was prompted by the abduction and murder of his son, Adam, in 1981. Walsh helped create the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and became a public face for the missing children movement.
Smart and Walsh share the stories that led to their unique friendship, as well as powerful messages of hope, perseverance and determination in the face of extreme adversity. They inspire us to be brave and take the steps we can to make the world a better place. Following their presentation, Smart and Walsh will greet guests and sign copies of their respective books. Bring your own book, or purchase a selection at the event.