Toast to Hope Honors Vicky Collins Foundation, Raises $80,000 for Child Abuse Prevention

ClearyAwardWEBNovember 7, 2015

SCAN’s 13th Annual Toast to Hope fundraiser, held at the United Universalist Church of Arlington on November 7th, raised more than $80,000 to support SCAN’s child abuse prevention programs. With more than 200 guests on hand, it also provided a perfect opportunity to award the 2015 Cleary Award to the Vicky Collins Charitable Foundation.

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 During her life, Vicky Collins suffered a life-altering stroke leaving her quadriplegic; she was unable to talk, and could hear and see only with difficulty.

While recovering from her stroke, Collins became committed to the idea of using her estate to help disabled children who did not have the resources for basic human comforts, as well as adequate health care and therapy for their disabilities.

Collins set up a charitable foundation to provide help and resources for indigent and needy disabled children.

Since her death in 2003, the foundation has awarded more than $2 million in grants to help children with special needs in the Washington area.

“The impact of Vicky’s legacy lives on,” said Sonia Quinonez, SCAN’s executive director. “We are celebrating Vicky’s life and her legacy of caring for children in our community.”

The award was presented at SCAN’s 13th annual Toast to Hope fundraiser, which on Nov. 7 drew 225 people to Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington.

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NEWS: SCAN to Host Advocacy Day Training on November 17th

October 8, 2015

SCAN has announced a location for its 4th Annual Speak Up for Children Advocacy Training to be held on November 17, 2015. Attendees, special guests and elected officials will come together at the Fairfax South County Government Building for a day of education and empowerment to become better advocates for children and families in Northern Virginia.  They’ll also hear policy advocates and legislators discuss some of the key issues affecting vulnerable children and families which will be on the agenda in the upcoming Virginia General Assembly session. Christie Marra with Virginia Poverty Law Center will be leading our Advocacy 101 Session.

> Download a flyer for the event HERE.

> Register online for the event HERE.

Sally Richards Joins SCAN as Director of Development

SallyRichards_SCANAugust 27, 2015

SCAN announced today that Sally Richards has accepted the position of Director of Development and will begin on September 8th. Since moving to Alexandria in 2014, Ms. Richards has been involved with grant writing and fundraising locally at Volunteer Alexandria, where she spearheaded their successful free agent fundraising during Spring2Action in April.

“I am excited to join the team at SCAN with whom I share a passion for helping protect abused and neglected children,” said Ms. Richards. “Having advocated for children as a lawyer, I now look forward to serving children in a different capacity.”

Ms. Richards volunteers with the Del Ray Business Association, Volunteer Alexandria and Before moving, she was an attorney working as a Guardian ad Litem in Ohio, where she also served on the board of Conneaut Community Foundation, Inc. and consulted for the Conneaut Historical Society. Ms. Richards graduated with a law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University and a B.A. from RIT Eisenhower College.

“SCAN looks forward to strengthening our team with the addition of Sally Richards,” said Sonia Quiñónez, SCAN’s Executive Director. “Our board of directors and program staff look forward to partnering with Sally as we seek to gather resources to support SCAN’s child abuse prevention work here in Northern Virginia.”

Read coverage of Sally’s new role on, and in the Alexandria Gazette-Packet.


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