Safe Harbor Announces Lora M. Robins Endowment and Planned Giving Society
Mrs. Robins named 2011 Beacon of Hope

Safe Harbor announced the creation of the Lora M. Robins Endowment and planned giving society October 19, 2011 at a cocktail reception honoring the late Mrs. Robins. She was also named the 2011 Beacon of Hope recipient for her legacy of support and service to the agency.

“I often think that as long as people are remembered, they are never really gone.  Mrs. Robins is still with us, in our memory, sharing and encouraging us to continue with the good work we have started,” stated Karen Buchanan, President of the Safe Harbor Board of Directors. “We believe this endowment will be transformational for Safe Harbor and that we will be able to empower our survivors for many years to come.”

The Beacon of Hope was created in 2007 to recognize an outstanding individual or agency in the Henrico community that has been instrumental in empowering survivors of sexual and domestic violence and/or promoting healthy relationships for all. Previous award winners include:

  • 2007—Dr. Joe Niamtu
  • 2008—Bon Secours Health Systems
  • 2009—Mrs. Sheryl Robins Nolt
  • 2010—Deborah Downing

Ms. Deborah Downing, last year’s recipient, passed the Beacon of Hope Award to this year’s honoree. Mrs. Sheryl Robins Nolt accepted the award on behalf of the Robins’ family.

The Beacon of Hope reception was held at the Virginia Historical Society. Car Pool was the Gold Sponsor and Owen and Owens was the Silver Sponsor. Style Weekly was the media sponsor. Q Barbeque provided the catering. Flowers were donated by Ms. Linda Verdery. A portrait of Mrs. Robins was donated by Hayes and Fisk—The Art of Photography.