Imagine What is Possible

150th Anniversary

Throughout the year, we will celebrate our founder, our partners, and the amazing 150 year journey of serving children and families in central Virginia.


March 31st – FRIENDS: A Celebration of History

You are invited to join us for our quincentennial anniversary celebration, featuring comedy, music, and history in a live-stream production for the entire community.

Together we’ll recognize some of our founding partners and hear about the journey that FRIENDS has taken since our founding in 1871.

June 25th FRIENDS: A Celebration of Family & Community

Join us for a free, community-wide, family-friendly event at Abner Clay Park. We’ll have fun & healthy activities, music, giveaways, community resources, and much more. Together, we will reunite with former FRIENDS students, teachers, staff, volunteers, and community partners. There will be fun for everyone!

August FRIENDS: A Celebration of Volunteerism

In August, we will unite our corporate, community, and business partners in an effort to support the children and families across central Virginia through volunteerism. To learn more about our vision for volunteerism, or to sign-up your workplace team, please email Steve Traverso, Director of Development at

November – FRIENDS: A Gala for the Future

In November of 2022 FRIENDS will host our 150th Anniversary Gala, a formal event that raises funds and awareness for our financial reserves and endowment. We’ll celebrate our past and secure our future with help from national %amp; local leaders, VIPs, and descendants of our founder.