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 14,500 square foot 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. An addition with four added living spaces was completed in 1973.  One of the earlier homeowners named the estate “Holly Lawn” for the beautiful imagery provided by the holly trees lining the grounds.

Proceeds from the Designer House, which attracts 7,000 visitors will benefit the Richmond Symphony Orchestra.

House Tours

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

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

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

Enjoy a relaxing and delicious lunch before or after your house tour at the Holly Lawn Designer House Café. The menu will be available soon.

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. Our boutique partners will be announced soon. The Designer House Boutique will be open during regular house tour times and for special events, including Thirsty Thursdays.

Holly Lawn
4015 Hermitage Road
Richmond, VA 23117 

Click here for Google Map

Street parking where permitted. Valet parking will be offered for the Preview Gala.


House Tour Tickets are $30 per person, per visit and may be purchased online now. Our Title Sponsor Kroger will have tickets available for purchase at their locations. Information on Kroger ticket sales will be posted soon. From September 17 to October 14, 2018, Designer House Tour tickets may be purchased at the door with cash, check, or credit card.  

Purchase House Tour Tickets


* No children under the age of 8, including babies in arms or carriers, are permitted. 
* Children older than 8 years old must be escorted by their accompanying adult at all times. 
* No strollers or large bags permitted. 
* Low heels or flat shoes, please.
* No food or beverage allowed in the Designer House.
* No pets.

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. 


Special Events

Bare Bones Party
August 2  | 5-7pm  

See the home before it is decorated!

Tickets $10 per guest, plus $5 per glass of beer or wine.

Purchase Bare Bones Party Tickets


Preview Gala 
September 14  | 6-10pm

Preview Home Tour • Music by Richmond Symphony Musicians • Hors d’oeuvres • Cocktails

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

Tickets pricing available soon.

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

Home Tour • Garden Party • Food • Music • Beer • Wine

Tickets: $55 including House Tour, $30 without House Tour

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. If you or your business is interested in offering an item for the raffle, please contact Online raffle tickets will soon be available. Purchased raffle tickets online will be confirmed via email.

Private Parties/ Corporate Events
Looking for a unique location to host a special event? Treat your clients and guests to an evening at the Designer House. If you are interested in reserving the Designer House to host your special event, please contact

Designer Information
If you are a designer and would like to be included on the designer invitation list, please contact our Designer Selection Committee at

Thank You To Our Generous Sponsors

Title Sponsor

Media Sponsor
Silver Sponsor
Elizabeth Schneider Charitable Trust

Wine Dinner

Julep's New Southern Cuisine

Chef Chany's Wine Pairing Dinner Series 2018
for the Richmond Symphony Orchestra League
to benefit the Richmond Symphony

Wednesday, March 14th
6:30 pm

Amuse Bouche
Goat Cheese and Jalapeño Crouquette
Mixed Berry Relish, Sweet Pepper Aioli
Le Calcinaie Vernacchia di San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy, 2016

First Course
Quenelles of Rockfish
Lobster Sauce, Tarragon, New Potatoes
Marcel Couturier Macon-Loche, Bourgogne, France, 2015

Second Course
Chicken Pappardelle
Braised Chicken Thigh, Nueske's Bacon, Oyster Mushroom, Pearl Onion
La Piane Maggiorina Rosso, Piemonte, Italy, 2015

Third Course
Slow Roasted Leg of Lamb
Yukon Gold Potato, Rosemary, Fig Burgundy
Chateau Camplazens La Clape Premium, Languedoc, France, 2012

Fourth Course
Raspberry Tart
Lemon Cremè, White Chocolate Tuille, Champagne Foam
Le Colture Cartizze Prosecco, Veneto, Italy, NV


Reservations Required, please call (804)377-3968
Ninety-Five Dollars Per Person
$25 will go to benefit the Richmond Symphony

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 16, 2018 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm 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 81310 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 was at The Great Big Greenhouse (2051 Huguenot Road, Richmond, VA 23235) on November 18, 2017 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


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