Donor Spotlight: Trish Gill

Trish Gill is from Virginia Beach and serves as the HR Benefits Manager at TowneBank. She lives with her husband, Tom, and daughter Darby (age 9). They also have a 9-year-old yellow lab named Arleigh and a 20-year-old cat named Kitty. Trish loves to spend her time doing crafts, shopping, gardening...

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DIY Paddle Out Toolkit

In honor of River’s birthday each September, we hold a Paddle Out to celebrate the love that she continues to spread through The River Ellis Foundation. Due to COVID-19, we are unable to hold our paddle out in person this year, but we want YOU to have a DIY Paddle Out to spread some love and...

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Meet The Board: Doug and Rachel Ellis

Doug and Rachel Ellis co-founded The River Ellis Foundation in 2018 when their daughter, River, passed away. Along with the Foundation, Doug is involved in a range of different community organizations. He is Past President/Current Board Member of the Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue...

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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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