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Words & Wisdom

featuring singer-songwriter
Ashley Campbell

presented by Spurrier Group


An evening benefiting
Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU

April 18, 2024
Virginia Museum of History & Culture

Wine Reception |  5:45 p.m.
Program  |  7 p.m.

Please join the Senior Board of Children's Hospital Foundation for the 7th Annual Words & Wisdom event as singer-songwriter Ashley Campbell celebrates the healing power of music.


Music is feeling. It is a completely different language. It reaches the depths of the soul and is processed by our brains in a much deeper way. Ashley Campbell saw this firsthand, touring with her father, Glen, as he persevered through the later stages of Alzheimer’s.


In her inspiring presentation, Ashley shares how music enabled her father to preserve intellectual functioning longer than his doctors ever expected. How, even in the most advanced and immobilizing stages of the disease, a favorite song would find him tapping his toes. Combining personal stories, science, and live performance, Ashley makes a moving — and highly entertaining — case for the healing power of music.

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Our Project:
Building a Child Life Zone

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Your impact

Proceeds from Words & Wisdom will support construction of our Child Life Zone, a state-of-the-art therapeutic play area inside the Children's Tower. A sanctuary. A place where kids can be kids.


The Zone will be staffed by the hospital’s child life specialists, certified professionals who help children and their families cope with medical challenges through play, education and self-expression. The unique amenities of the Child Life Zone include therapeutic craft and play centers with a high-tech electronic games wall, a multi-use theater and interactive broadcast studio and a kitchen and eating area.

"When children have opportunities to play and explore, it can lower their stress levels and regulate their emotions, putting them in a better place mentally and emotionally to recover. As Fred Rogers said, 'it’s the things we play with and the people who help us play that make a great difference in our lives.'"


– Heather Rossi, Senior Certified Child Life Specialist at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU

2024 sponsors


Spurrier Group


C&C Electrical Service, Inc
Haley Automotive Group

TCV Trust & Wealth Management

Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP


Jane and Mark Cooke
Genworth Financial
Heartwood Wealth Advisors
Hilb Family Foundation

Wendy and Bill Schultz


Laura Hatcher
Jayfair Corporatio

Jeanne Kreiser

Mako Builders, Inc.

Mosquito Squad
Weinstein Properties


Dr. Laura Aisenberg

Jerry and Karen Bischof

Canal Capital Management, LLC
Gentry Locke

Dr. and Mrs. James Staples Hunter Jr.

Mrs. Page A. Kastelberg

Ann and Bill Lagos

Brenda Migliarese

Pre Con Inc.

Robin and John Schilling

Virginia Cancer Institute

Joyce S. Winters


Mr. and Mrs. Jason Scott Angus
Ms. N
an Boyd
Cantor Grana Buckner Bucci, P.C.

Catherine Jordan Design, LLC

Emily and Charles DuBose

Ron and Perry Gunn


Ruffin & Payne Inc.

Shaheen, Ruth, Martin & Fonville Real Estate
Karen P. Shudtz

Molly and Dick Tashjian
Sandy and Rob Taylor

Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU

Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU is our region's only full-service children's hospital, and it serves more than 70,000 children each year. We believe there is no greater cause than taking care of the health care needs of children.



Please feel free to contact us by email and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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