Events & Fundraising

We are always coming up with new and fun events to support the Richmond Symphony.  Here are a few highlights:

Designer House


Introducing RSOL’s 2018 Designer House… Holly Lawn

“one of the best examples of the Queen Anne style in the state of Virginia.”
– Chris Novelli, Virginia Department of Historic Resources

The Richmond Symphony Orchestra League (RSOL) is delighted to announce the selection of the renowned Holly Lawn estate for the 2018 Designer House. Located in the Hermitage Road Historic District, this gorgeous Queen Anne style home completed in 1901 was once home to the Richmond Council of Garden Clubs and is on the National Historic Register of Places. Virginia’s leading interior designers will transform the spacious home on 2.1 acres.

Not only is Holly Lawn famous for its historic significance, more recently, many Richmonders will remember the storm of June 2016 that sent a majestic 175-year-old red oak crashing into the front facade of the home. It took nearly two years to painstakingly repair the home to maintain its historic majesty.

Holly Lawn’s main home features five bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, a sun porch, a library, a living room, a formal dining room, a spacious foyer, a kitchen with a butler's pantry, and a sweeping Southern style front porch.  One of the earlier homeowners named the estate “Holly Lawn” for the beautiful imagery provided by the holly trees lining the grounds.

Holly Lawn
4015 Hermitage Road
Richmond, VA 23227 

Click here for Google Map

CLICK HERE for an informational page that you may download and share.

The Designer House is presented by the Richmond Symphony Orchestra League to benefit the Richmond Symphony.

House Tours

September 17 - October 14
M-F 10am-3pm • Sat. 10am-5pm • Sun 1-5pm


House Tour Tickets are $30 per person, per visit and may be purchased online now. From September 17 to October 14, 2018, Designer House Tour tickets may be purchased at the door with cash, check, or credit card. Advance Tickets are available at area Kroger locations August 22nd - September 16th for $25.00 per person (a $5.00 savings over the price charged after the house opens for tours on September 17th). Kroger receipt for the tour is your ticket entry to the Designer House.

Student Tickets

Student tickets are available for $20 per person, per visit; student ID must be presented with ticket at the door.


* Children under the age of 8, including babies in arms or carriers, are not permitted. 
* Children older than 8 years old must be escorted by their accompanying adult at all times. 
* Strollers or large bags are not permitted. 
* Low heels or flat shoes, please.
* Food or beverage are not permitted in the Designer House.
* Pets are not permitted.

While the house is not fully accessible to people with disabilities due to stairs, we are happy to address which parts of the house may be accessiblePlease contact with any visit assistance questions.  

Photo Policy

Photography for personal use is encouraged and permitted at the Designer House using the following guidelines.
* Designer House designers, staff, and volunteers reserve the right to prohibit the use of cameras at any time.
Equipment must not exceed the size of an SLR camera designed for personal use. 
* Guest may post photos on social media. Please tag #RSOLdesignerhouse on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 

After your house tour, enjoy lunch at the Designer House Café and shop for something special at the Designer House Boutique featuring unique jewelry, home accessories, clothing, and stationery from local artisans. Raffle tickets are also available for a drawing of donated items from our designers and others.

Purchase House Tour Tickets

Parking Information

Parking is available close to the house:
     ACCA Temple lot (enter from Bellevue Avenue or Hermitage Road
     Nottoway Avenue (both sides)
     Bellevue Avenue (both sides)

*Thank you to the ACCA Temple Shriners for providing designated parking spaces in their parking lot for Designer House guests, available   during the day or evening from September 14 through October 14.


Group Tickets

$25 per person (for 10 or more)

Plan to spend a morning or afternoon with friends and colleagues and tour our beautifully decorated Designer House.  While there, browse our unique boutique with its local vendors' items and one of a kind gems, and plan to stay for lunch in our fabulous Holly Lawn Café. Groups are welcome to tour the house on any day from September 17 to October 14.  We know you won't be disappointed!

Group Ticket purchasers require 10 or more in a group to receive a discounted ticket price of $25 per person!  Your list of attendees and a single payment completes your purchase.  Tickets may be purchased online by clicking here or by contacting  Your group may arrive together or individually, but must tour the house on the same day.

CLICK HERE for our Group Sales information for you to forward to your individual groups such as Garden Clubs, Women's Clubs, Tennis Team, Golf Team, Bridge Group, Book Clubs, etc.

If you have questions or need help, please contact

Evening Parties to Entertain Clients at Holly Lawn

The Designer House month-long Holly Lawn Tent is the perfect setting to entertain clients or have a social gathering.  We are offering the opportunity for private parties from 5:30 - 7:30 with a reduced house tour ticket and a small tent fee.  Hosts provide the catering and beverages of their choice.  What a wonderful way for businesses to share their client appreciation!  CLICK HERE for an agreement with details.  Please contact us for more detailed information at and we will send you an information package.

Designer House Café

M-F: 11:30am-2:30pm Sat: 11:30am-3:30pm Sun: 1-3:30pm

Enjoy a relaxing and delicious lunch presented by Smoke Pit Grill before or after your house tour at the Holly Lawn Designer House Café. Take out will also be available every day. CLICK HERE to see the Smoke Pit Grill menu.

Designer House Boutique

A visit to the Designer House wouldn’t be complete without a browse of the Designer House’s artsy and eclectic Boutique. A curated selection of fabulous treasures sourced from Richmond’s best artisans and vendors will give you a head start on holiday shopping or a treat for yourself. The Designer House Boutique will be open during regular house tour times and Thirsty Thursdays.

We are excited to announce our boutique partners for the 2018 Richmond Symphony Orchestra League Designer House:  For Ewe, The Classic Baby, Zou Zou's Basement, A Fair Trade World, The Virginia Shop/Library of Virginia, Carol Matthews Ray Originals, Sabrina Cordovana, Strawberry Fields and Flowers, Selman Creations, Firefly Lane Boutique, Infinite - Hand Knitted Scarves, Let's Talk Towels, One Putt Designs, Sassy Bee, Creations By "E", and Dolce Designs.

Special Events

Bare Bones Party
August 2  | 5-7pm  

See the home before it is decorated!

Bare Bones is SOLD OUT!  Please come to the Gala on September 14, tour the Designer House September 17 - October 14, and join us for Thirsty Thursdays to see the 2018 Richmond Symphony Orchestra League Designer House.


Preview Gala 

Our weather has calmed and we are ready to show Holly Lawn in grand style!

Thank you for your patience as we tracked Hurricane Florence's potential impact on the Richmond area. We are happy to announce that our 18th Designer House Preview Gala is scheduled for Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 6-10 p.m.

If you already have a reservation, we look forward to seeing you Saturday, September 22nd, 6:00 p.m. to enjoy wonderful food by Everyday Gourmet, cocktails, wine, beer, and music by Richmond Symphony musicians. 

If our previous date did not work for you, we hope you can now join us. Please CLICK HERE to RSVP by September 19, 2018.


Preview Home Tour • Music by Richmond Symphony Musicians • Cocktail Buffet

Enjoy a first look at the finished Designer House before it opens to the public at our Black Tie optional evening. 

Tickets $200 per person.



Thirsty Thursdays
September 20 & 27  | October 4 & 11 | 5:30-7:30pm

Join us for Thirsty Thursdays and enjoy live music, great food and a complimentary glass of wine or Hardywood beer. Additional wine and beer can be purchased for $5. Each ticket is only good for the date selected when purchased. The cost of a ticket for Thirsty Thursday is $30. You can add a tour of the Designer House for $25 (a savings of $5 for the house tour).

Our Thirsty Thursday Line Up:

Thursday, September 20, music by Steve Bassett with food by Max's Positive Vibe Café
Thursday, September 27, music by Last Call with food by O'Toole's Restaurant & Pub
Thursday, October 4, music by George Turman amd Richard Ward with food by Smoke Pit Grill
Thursday, October 11, music by Three Unplugged with food by Croaker's Spot

Attendees must be 21 or over. ID required.

Purchase Thirsty Thursday Tickets



During your visit to Holly Lawn, don’t forget to stop by the Raffle Table to purchase your Designer House Raffle Ticket. Our committee is sourcing a wonderful selection of raffle items. The winning raffle tickets will be drawn upon the closing of the Designer House. Winners will be notified and provided details on item collection. Online raffle tickets will soon be available. Purchased raffle tickets online will be confirmed via email.

Avoid the crowd at the Designer House Raffle desk!  When you complete  your purchase of House Tour or Thirsty Thursday tickets on Eventbrite, you will be offered an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets online.

After you purchase raffle tickets online, you will receive a confirmation email; then just pick up your raffle tickets when you check-in at the Designer House Ticket table, fill in your contact information on the ticket stubs, and deposit the ticket stubs with contact information in the raffle box at the Raffle desk.  

Designer Information

We are excited to announce our Designers:

*  Kathy Corbet of Kathy Corbet Interiors
*  Melissa Mathe of Melissa Mathe Interior Design
*  Kelly Brown of Kelly Brown Interiors
*  Amanda Colle of Kelly Brown Interiors
*  Georgia Kukoski of Closet Factory
*  Moyanne Harding of Interiors by Moyanne

*  Merry Powell of Merry Powell Interiors
*  Stephanie Theofanos of Modern Traditions Interior Design
*  Tracy deShazo of Tracy deShazo Interiors
*  Patti Ryan of Patti Ryan Interior Design
*  Sara Hillery of Sara Hillery Interior Design
*  Jill Erwin of Jill Erwin Interiors
*  David Barden of David Barden Interior Design

*  Kenneth Byrd of Kenneth Byrd Design
*  Steven O'York of Closets of Virginia
*  Will Chambers of William T. Chambers for U-Fab Interiors
*  Richard Hendrick of Custom Kitchens
*  Rick Friedrichsen of La Difference
*  Paul Bethel of Paul Bethel Design - Interiors & Exteriors

*  Paint Sponsor:

Thank You To Our Generous Sponsors

Title Sponsor

Gold Sponsor
Anne Carter & Walter R. Robins, Jr. Foundation
Silver Sponsors
The Elizabeth Schneider Charitable Trust
The Peachtree House Foundation
Media Sponsor
Beer Sponsor
Lighting Sponsor
Day Sponsors
ACIMA Private Wealth
AXA - Advisors
Covenant Woods
Greer Jones Real Estate
Haley Automotive Group
Invincia, A Towne Insurance Agency
Mercedes-Benz of Richmond
Midlothian Tennis Club
Richmond Ford Lincoln
Thrifty Sisters
Thurman S. Cash, Jr. and Son Insurance Company
Virginia Family Dentistry
2018 Richmond Symphony Orchestra League Designer House Committee Chairs
Chair:  Susan S. Williams
Secretary:  Peggy Boyd
Artist Chair:  Sally Mistr
Bare Bones Party Chair:  Ludi Webber
Boutique Chairs:  Joanne Barreca, Ann Bolesta
Café Chairs:  Elinor Kuhn, Suzanne Franke
Corporate Events:  Susan S. Williams
Day Sponsors Chair:  Veronica Wauford
Gala Chair:  Cheryl Keller
Gala Advisor:  Ludi Webber
Group Sales:  Stephanie Biggs
House Operations:  Annette Martino
Interior Designers Chairs:  Helen Winn, Pat Wasiuk
Sponsorships Chair:  Faye Holland
PR/Marketing Chairs:  Jennifer Lo Prete, Alison Eckis
Richmond Magazine:  Susan S. Williams, Ann Burks, Faye Holland
Raffle Chair:  Chris Landis
Tickets - Chair:  Matt Williams
Tickets - Co-Chair:  Susan H. Williams
Thirsty Thursdays Chairs:  Susan Thomas, Della Conti
Treasurer Chairs:  Budget:  Hugh Catlett Daily Responsibilities:  Allene Cahill
Volunteer Chair:  Lillie Wauford

Wine Dinner

The Richmond Symphony Orchestra League periodically works with local restaurants to host wine dinners as fund raising opportunities to further our efforts to support the Richmond Symphony.  Restaurants that have hosted wine dinners for us include Tarrant's West, Max's on Broad, and Julep's New Southern Cuisine.  Many thanks to those restaurants who have partnered with us in the past.  Watch here for future opportunities to join us at one of these enjoyable evenings!

The March Opening at the Crossroads Art Center

The Crossroads Art Center's goals are to exhibit the work of emerging and established artists from the mid-Atlantic region and to offer instruction and education in the visual arts.  At the March opening, RSOL provides wine, beer and other beverages, and the sale of these beverages is a fund raiser for our organization - all net proceeds benefit The Richmond Symphony.  This year's event will be held on March 15, 2019 at the Crossroads Art Center, 2016 Staples Mill Road, Richmond, VA 23230.

Kroger Community Rewards


We have a new way to easily contribute to the RSOL, without spending an extra dime.  Kroger, a top sponsor of our Designer Houses for several years, offers the opportunity through its Community Rewards Program.  The details below look long and complicated, but in reality the process is easy!

1.  Register online at
2.  Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy and register your card with your organization after you sign up.  If you do not have a Kroger Plus card, they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger.
3.  Click on 'Sign In/Register'.
4.  If you are a new online customer, click on 'Sign Up Today' in the 'New Customer?' box.  If you are already an online customer, proceed to step 7.
5.  Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering your zip code, clicking on a favorite store, entering your email address, creating a password, and agreeing to the terms and conditions.
6.  You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.
7.  Click on 'My Account' and use your email address and password to sign in.
8.  Click on 'Edit Kroger Community Rewards Information' and input your Kroger Plus card number.
9.  Update or confirm your information.
10. Enter our NPO number FT300 or Richmond Symphony Orchestra League.
11. To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization's name (Richmond Symphony Orchestra League) on the right side of your information page.
12.  REMEMBER, purchases will not count towards the RSOL until after you have registered your card.
13. If you use your phone number at the register, call 800-576-4377, and select 4 to get your Kroger Plus card number.
14. You must swipe your Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to your account when shopping for each purchase to count.

Thank you for supporting the RSOL through the Kroger Community Rewards Program!

Amazon Smile Program


A really fast, easy way to support the RSOL is to use the AmazonSmile program, and it does not cost you anything!  AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shipping features as  The feature we love:  a percentage of the purchase price of the items you buy is donated to the charity of your choice.  All you have to do is designate the Richmond Symphony Orchestra League as the charity of your choice and shop at AmazonSmile.  Every quarter, Amazon sends the proceeds to the RSOL.  So when you shop at Amazon, be sure to use the AmazonSmile website.

Here's the very simple way to sign up:

1.  Click this link to AmazonSmile.
2.  Click on 'Pick your own charitable organization' towards the right of the page.
3.  Type:  Richmond Symphony Orchestra League.
4.  A pop-up will appear that identifies Richmond Symphony Orchestra League, Richmond Virginia.
5.  Shop as usual.
Each time you shop at AmazonSmile, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra League should pop up as your designated charity pick.

Thank you for supporting the Richmond Symphony Orchestra League through AmazonSmile!

Champagne & Chocolates

The RSOL members and their guests participate in our fun and festive fundraising social event, Champagne & Chocolates. These are mini-concerts presented four times a year by the RSOL featuring Symphony ensembles and Concerto Competition winners in private home settings for between 30 to 100 guests. This is an opportunity to meet the musicians in a more informal manner. There is a small charge for the event which is a means of financial support for the Symphony. 

For more information, please contact the Richmond Symphony Orchestra League at

RSOL Day at the Great Big Greenhouse

The RSOL will be at The Great Big Greenhouse (2051 Huguenot Road, Richmond, VA 23235) on November 17, 2018 for a fundraiser and to promote the Richmond Symphony.  This is a very successful fundraiser that is conducted in conjunction with an open house that the Great Big Greenhouse hosts to kick off the holiday season each year.  There are many ways to participate in this event including preparing and donating cookies, cakes, and treats for the bake sale ahead of time, setting up and selling the baked goods at the event, helping with the musical instrument petting zoo, and showing up to support the fundraiser by shopping.  It is an enjoyable way to share what the RSOL does to support the Richmond Symphony!  

The Great Big Greenhouse generously donates a portion of the gross sales for that day to the RSOL.

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