Events & Fundraising

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

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.

Designer House




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) held the 2018 Designer House at the renowned Holly Lawn estate. 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.

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

Designers for the 2018 Designer House were:

*  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

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!

RSOL Day at the Great Big Greenhouse

The RSOL was 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.

For more information, contact us at

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

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!


A masterpiece of beloved recipes from members of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra League. Order your RSOL 50th Anniversary Apron Strings II Cookbook today!  Click here to order online.  
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