Meet The Board: Blair Fine

When approached by Doug and Rachel about helping with the River Ellis Foundation, the answer was an easy ‘yes’ for Blair.  She helps out with development, and comes up with ideas on how to both fundraise and promote the organization.   Blair is a Virginia Beach native and has...

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Donor Spotlight: The Cupka Family

Names: Stephen and Cara Cupka City of Residence: Virginia Beach Job Titles/Companies:  Stephen – Project Manager (ET Gresham) Cara- Scheduling Engineer (VDOT) How did you first hear about The River Ellis Foundation? When we got the tragic news about River we were at a total loss for words. We...

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Meet The Board: Annabelle Stiffler

Annabelle Stiffler focuses on helping to find funding for the River Ellis Foundation through a combination of Donor Gifts, Grants, and Public Engagement.  She has been involved with the Foundation since its beginning and has long been a friend of the Ellis Family.  In addition to REF, Annabelle is...

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We’re In This Together, The Sun Will Rise Again

In these difficult and uncertain times, we just wanted to take a moment to say that we are with you. There are a lot of people in need of a sunrise right now, so remember to check in on your friends, neighbors and family. The need may be closer than you think. Don’t forget that we’re all in...

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Donor Spotlight: Gibby Hall

Name: Gibby Hall Job Title/Company:  Realtor, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services City:  Coastal Virginia How did you first hear about The River Ellis Foundation? When River Ellis passed, I was beyond devastated for my friends.  It is impossible to make sense of such a tragedy. ...

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What does it mean to Give A Sunrise?

To us, a sunrise symbolizes the hope that one needs after enduring a tragedy or unexpected hardship. Giving A Sunrise is providing an act of kindness. It’s giving support. It’s letting someone know they aren’t alone. It’s instilling hope for a brighter tomorrow. After our daughter, River, died, we...

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