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Charles Sykes  

Former first lady Michelle Obama will speak in Richmond in March. Tickets are $30 for a simulcast and $55 to $225 for a seat in the Altria Theater.

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Christmas Mother donations as of Dec. 3: $71,014.17

The Richmond Times-Dispatch follows its tradition of publishing the names of donors throughout the holiday season, with additional information on the nonprofit organizations helped by the generosity of RTD readers.

Your generosity helps the Richmond Christmas Mother Fund support initiatives across the region to brighten the holiday season for thousands of your neighbors.

Last year, the program collected over $205,000 in contributions.

Donate online by going to RichmondChristmasMother.com.

You can send contributions by mail to Richmond Christmas Mother Fund, P.O. Box 25864, Richmond VA 23260. Checks should be made payable to Richmond Christmas Mother Fund.

Previously reported — $69,574.17

Today’s gifts — $1,440

Grand total — $71,014.17

Jill Brown — $40

Dunlora Woman’s Club, We hope that our contribution will allow families to celebrate a special holiday season. — $100

Mary Ballou Williams, In memory of Lieutenant Governor of Virginia J. Sargeant Reynolds from his family. — $300

Lee Hy Paving Corporation — $1,000

Michelle Obama to speak in Richmond in March; tickets now on sale

Update: Altria Theater seating for Michelle Obama at The Richmond Forum has sold-out. Seating at $30 for simulcast tickets at the Carpenter Center at Dominion Energy Center is still available.


Previous from Dec. 2:

Former first lady Michelle Obama is headed to Richmond in March as part of The Richmond Forum speaker series.

Obama’s appearance is kind of a bonus event for the Forum’s 2019-2020 season, whose five speakers were announced in April.

“A Conversation with Former First Lady Michelle Obama” was announced at the end of the Forum’s first 2019-20 event on Nov. 9, which featured sports commentator Bob Costas.

Tickets to the Obama event were first opened to Richmond Forum season subscribers through Dec. 1. A limited number of tickets will be available to the general public on Tuesday at 10 a.m. Prospective attendees must be signed up for The Richmond Forum’s email list to receive the purchase link. Sign up at richmondforum.org/email.

There are different levels available: $30 for seating in the simulcast room, which is in the Altria Theater ballroom with four big screens (not the actual theater). And $55 to $225 for seating in the theater, which accommodates 3,600. The $30 simulcast tickets will also be available for the Dominion Energy Center.

The Michelle Obama special event benefits speech and debate programs in public middle and high schools in the Richmond area.

Now in its 34th season, The Richmond Forum is a speaker series organized by a local nonprofit of the same name.

The rest of its 34th season features Dave Isay of StoryCorps, Catherine Burns of The Moth and Brandon Stanton of Humans of New York; Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative and the author of “Just Mercy”; Peggy Noonan, former speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan and a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist; and Vijay Gupta, founder of Street Symphony.

Tickets to “A Conversation with Former First Lady Michelle Obama” are in addition to the sold-out 34th season. The event takes place March 24 at 7 p.m. at the Altria Theater at 6 N. Laurel St.

BOB BROWN/Times-Dispatch  

Gov. Ralph Northam and first lady Pam Northam received the state Christmas trees for the Executive Mansion on Monday. The Fraser fir for the main room of the mansion weighs about 150 pounds and was grown by Sweet Providence Farm in Floyd County.