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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Guest House resident looks to give back

After four prison terms, Helenia Bragg focuses on helping others

By Michaela Gleeson |

Friends of Guest House resident Helenia Bragg knows the importance of second, third and even fourth chances.

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Monday, June 4, 2018

EDITORIAL: Buffett’s philanthropy has left its mark

By the Editorial page staff of the Free Lance-Star

THE ONLY reluctance one has in recounting the acts of generosity bestowed upon the Fredericksburg area by Doris Buffett and the Sunshine Lady Foundation is in the fear of leaving something out.

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Monday, April 30, 2018

$1 Million Endowment Will Continue Doris Buffett’s Gift


Sunshine Lady Foundation sets up fund to continue free admission for Fredericksburg residents to public pool

* By Cathy Jett, THE FREE LANCE–STAR   * Apr 30, 2018

Philanthropist Doris Buffett no longer lives in Fredericksburg, but the woman known as the “Sunshine Lady” will continue making admission to the city’s pool free to its residents.

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Friday, January 19, 2018

The book that changed my life … in prison

After the governor of New York intervened to lift restrictions on prisoners’ reading materials, five current and former inmates explain what books have meant to them
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Phishing emails supposedly from Doris Buffett

It has been brought to our attention that many people are receiving  emails from “Doris Buffett” or “Doris Buffett’s assistant” stating the email recipient has been selected to receive a large sum of money.  Please be advised that this type of email  is a phishing scheme that did not originate with Doris Buffett or the Sunshine Lady Foundation.   For more information about online safety and how to report these incidents go to .

Friday, October 27, 2017

Difference Maker Hall of Fame: Doris Buffett giving fortune away to help improve others’ lives

By MICHAEL ZITZ Oct 27, 2017
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How did philanthropist Doris Buffett become the person she is? What molded her into a woman determined to spend her life making a difference in the lives of those who are, as she says, “unlucky through no fault of their own?” Why has she given away over $100 million of her own money putting battered women, prison inmates and low-income kids through college and trying to ease the pain of the mentally ill and their families?
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Empowerhouse continues ‘the good work’ founders started 40 years ago

In the mid-1970s, when concerned citizens tried to convince churches and local governments to help victims of domestic violence, they weren’t exactly received with open arms—or generous donations.
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Hope in Sing Sing Prison

by GEORGE WILL June 13, 2017 8:00 PM
National Review

Nurturing our capacity for regeneration

Ossining, N.Y. — Sparkling in the sunlight that inspired 19th-century romantic painters of the Hudson River School, Sing Sing prison’s razor wire, through which inmates can see the flowing river, is almost pretty. Almost. Rain or shine, however, a fog of regret permeates any maximum-security prison. But 37 men — almost all minorities; mostly African Americans — recently received celebratory attention. It was their commencement — attended by Harry Belafonte, 90, and the singer Usher — as freshly minted college graduates. Their lives after prison will not soon, if ever, commence, but when they do these men will have unusual momentum for success.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Editorial: Gladys Todd Academy students off to a great start

May 13, 2017

Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star

YES, 21 young Fredericksburg-area students have the Sunshine Lady to thank for providing them the chance for a brighter future and a head start on their future academic and professional careers. But they also have themselves to thank for successfully becoming the first class of Gladys Todd Academy graduates.

The Sunshine Lady is, of course, Doris Buffett, the philanthropist whose foundation has touched the lives of a generation of people with programs and opportunities that they might not have otherwise experienced.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

First group of students graduates from the Gladys P. Todd Academy

21 high schoolers earn Germanna degrees


Matthew Small and Ashley Hodges aren’t typical Germanna Community College graduates.

They haven’t even finished their senior year at James Monroe High School yet. But they are among 21 high school seniors receiving associate degrees at the college’s spring commencement ceremonies Friday in the first class of the Gladys P. Todd Academy.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Germanna’s first academy cohort graduates May 5

At 17, Ashley Hodges is already a peacemaker.

“I feel like I like to see both sides of a problem and tackle it,” said the James Monroe High School senior. “I don’t like it when there’s an elephant in the room either so usually I suggest coming together and solving the issue.”

Hodges is one of 21 students in the first cohort of Germanna Community College’s Gladys P. Todd Academy expected to graduate during a ceremony that will take place at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg on May 5.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Risk taking key to effective leadership, UMW colloquium speaker says


Former Ambassador Pamela E. Bridgewater experienced unexpected benefits from taking risks when posted to Pretoria, South Africa, in 1990.

Bridgewater, who grew up in a segregated Fredericksburg neighborhood, said that she wondered how she’d cope there during apartheid, which wouldn’t end for four more years.

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Wanted: Help handing out Warren Buffett’s fortune

Boston Globe article By Sacha Pfeiffer August 13, 2016

For anyone who has ever wondered what it would be like to give away millions of dollars to people in need, here’s your chance to help Warren Buffett and his sister do just that.

One consequence of being extremely wealthy is that strangers ask you for money — not just donation requests from countless charities, but pleas for financial help from individuals all over the world.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

17 Warren inmates earn college degrees


Once a person gets an education, it can never be taken away

By Sarah Thompson, Penobscot Bay Pilot

WARREN — Abdi Awad is an unlikely graduate of the University of Maine at Augusta’s class of 2016. He not only had to learn the college-level course material behind the proverbial prison bars, he also had to simultaneously learn the English language.  Read More

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Graduation day at Sing Sing: Dozens of prisoners earn their associate’s degree behind bars

Twenty-nine inmates graduate through the Hudson Link program

Reported by Dominic Carter

The Sunshine Lady Foundation provides major funding for the college degree program at Sing Sing. View a 2:34 minute video about the graduation by clicking here.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Fredericksburg group hopes to attract more players with Sunshine Park clinic, summer games



While many children across the country are abandoning baseball for other activities, a Fredericksburg group hopes to attract more youth to America’s pastime.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Doris Buffett sponsors summer baseball league


Doris Buffett wants to help local youth get a running start in life.

That’s why the Fredericksburg philanthropist is sponsoring the Sunshine Baseball League this summer.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

President Obama Visits RU-N and Talks Criminal Justice Reform


November 2, 2015

On Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, Rutgers University-Newark (RU-N) welcomed President Barack Obama on his latest stop on his national tour on criminal justice reform. With more than 600,000 individuals released from state and federal prisons each year, President Obama shared his sense of urgency to create a criminal justice system that is fairer and more effective and breaks the poverty, criminality, and incarceration stranglehold that often impairs lives, particularly African-American and Latino males, and destroys communities, especially distressed urban areas.

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Gladys P. Todd Academy campers get glimpse into future

Posted: Saturday, July 18, 2015 12:00 am
by Dawnthea Price / The Free Lance Star

Germanna Community College President David A. Sam gazed out at an auditorium jam-packed with students, parents and educators.

The 60 newly minted graduates of the Gladys P. Todd Academy’s Summer Bridge program sat up front.

They had just spent two weeks learning more about the rigors of college coursework through lectures, projects and field trips that culminated in a final presentation and skit.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Let Prisoners Take College Courses

NY Times Sunday Review | OPINION


ATTICA, N.Y. — EVER wonder what prisoners do and talk about? Well, at the Attica Correctional Facility, we’re all tucked away in cellblocks watching TV. We watch a lot — all day, all night. Then we talk about what we’re watching. Conversation tumbles through the bars, about movies, ball games and the news on CNN. I hear voices, as if in a trance, rap along to Bobby Shmurda’s new music video on BET. The lyrics — about dealing drugs, toting guns and committing murder — sound like an anthem for the lives many of us have lived.

We don’t have access to the Internet but prison officials are all for TVs in the cells. It’s called the “TV program.” When prisoners watch TV instead of going to the yard, there’s less violence. We’re entertained and confined and everyone’s happy. But the TVs could be put to better use.

What if, a few times a week, massive open online courses, or MOOCs, were streamed on the prison’s internal station, channel 3? Companies like Coursera already record university lectures — in subjects like psychology, sociology, existentialism, economics and political science — and stream them online for free. The MOOCs, which are free for the rest of the world, could help American prisoners become more educated and connected.

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Homeless get a hand up


The ochre-breasted bird perched on the chain-link fence and chirped, his song wafting across the front yard and through the open window to where Jerry Grimsley sat in a tweed recliner.

“Is that a robin?” asked his sister, Vickie Chevrette.

Grimsley shrugged.

Last year, the harbinger of spring would have symbolized another winter survived in the woods. Last week, the bird was simply a mellifluous visitor in the yard Grimsley shares with Chevrette and John Worthington.

In early January, the three packed their tents, tarps, sleeping bags, kerosene heaters and portable generators and moved from the woods near Massaponax, in Spotsylvania, to a small home in the same county.
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Friday, March 6, 2015

Fredericksburg resident enrolled at U.Va. after spending seven years behind bars


While in prison, Julius Berger started taking classes, thanks to a program funded by Doris Buffett. Berger says that while he was in Coffeewood Correctional Center, Buffett was his first and only visitor at that prison.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Behind bars, college is back in session in some Washington prisons

Privately funded college classes are starting to creep back into state prisons after being absent for nearly two decades. Supporters say they reduce the recidivism rate and can save money on re-incarceration.

By Katherine Long

Seattle Times higher education reporter

Every week, they slide books through the metal detectors — novels by Virginia Woolf and Jane Austen, copies of the U.S. Constitution, texts on sociology, psychology and comparative religion.

Then dozens of professors and instructors from Washington’s public and private colleges surrender their driver’s licenses and car keys to an armed guard, walk through the detector themselves and pass through a perimeter fence topped by coils of gleaming razor wire.

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Agency to add transition home in Fredericksburg

AMY FLOWERS UMBLE, The Free Lance-Star Richmond Times-Dispatch

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — The little boy tugged gently on Kathy Anderson’s sleeve. In the middle of a party, Anderson didn’t notice at first.

The 5-year-old tugged again, and Anderson leaned down to talk with him.

“This house is everything I ever wanted,” he said.

Anderson directs Empowerhouse, an agency that helps families fleeing abusive situations. And the boy’s simple statement validated months of work raising money and renovating the house that became the agency’s first transition home.

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Maine State Prison Graduation Video

November 4, 2013
Click  Here to see a short video, just under 5 minutes, of the highlights of the Maine State Prison graduation.  Doris Buffett’s Sunshine Lady Foundation fully funds this college degree program.  Doris believes in the power of education to reduce or eliminate recidivism, and to open up new life choices to these graduates.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Home Offers a Break for Parents

October 8th, 2013, 5:16 pm, BY AMY FLOWERS UMBLE / THE FREE LANCE–STAR

For parents of adult children with disabilities, weddings and vacations often require strategic planning similar to invading Normandy.

When your child is full-grown but requires ’round-the-clock care, you can’t just call the teenager down the street when you need to get away. And if taking a scheduled vacation is tricky, an emergency is formidable. Parents live in fear of a sudden illness, a surgery or a death in the family.

But a new respite home in Stafford County could ease some of that burden, providing parents with a place for their adult children to stay when caregivers need a break for any reason. Read More

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Honduras Dream Comes True

August 18th, 2013, 12:01 am, BY LINDLEY ESTES / THE FREE LANCE–STAR

In December 2004, Shin Fujiyama took his first trip to Honduras and announced that he would eventually open a girls home in the Central American country, no matter how long it took.

On Aug. 9, nearly a decade after the University of Mary Washington grad set that goal—founding Students Helping Honduras in the process—the Villa Soleada Girls Home opened its doors to 12 girls in need. Read More

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Former Cornell Prison Education Program student offers hope

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 12:00 am, Michael Harris, Ithaca Times

In 1995, the federal law — Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act — dismantled higher education in prison by eliminating inmate eligibility for Pell Grants.

On June 5, however, the Auburn Prison, in conjunction with Cornell University’s Prison Education Program, celebrated its first graduating class since 1995 with 15 inmates receiving associates degrees from the State University of New York.

Philanthropist Doris Buffet, founder of the Sunshine Lady Foundation, filled the monetary void left by the 1995 legislation, and she became the benefactor for these aspiring scholar inmates at Auburn prison. With her support, in 2008, CPEP was formally established, headed by Executive Director Jim Schechter and PEP’s faculty director, professor Robert Turgeon.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Auburn Prisoners Trade Prison Clothes for Caps and Gowns for a Day

Auburn (WSYR-TV) – Lots of students face hurdles on their
way to a college diploma, but few face the challenge that prison presents.

On Tuesday, 15 men at the maximum security Auburn
Correctional Facility earned their associates’ degrees, temporarily trading
their prison uniforms for caps and gowns.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Fields Ready for Players

Free Lance Star Article by Robyn Sidersky

Sunshine Ballpark in Fredericksburg will host its first games March 24, officials with the park said this week.  The park, which is affiliated with the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, will have three fields and an Exploration Command Center.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Sunshine Stadium in Fredericksburg ready for opening day

Article from the Free Lance Star

Sunshine Stadium in Fredericksburg is nearly complete and slated to open on March 24. The complex will include a turf-lined baseball stadium, a grass field, an ability field for disabled competitors and an education center with restrooms and concessions.

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Monday, January 30, 2012

A billionaire helps in Fluvanna

Article in the Fluvanna Review, 30 January 2012

Billionaire philanthropist Doris Buffett may soon be a major financial contributor to efforts by Piedmont Virginia Community College to help educate Fluvanna women inmates.

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Crocheting with compassion

Article from

In a town known for its prison, its support for the military and its penchant for knitting, a few dozen incarcerated veterans have spent the last two decades quietly distributing food, money and thousands of pieces of crocheted clothing to needy children and families.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Donors Weigh the Ideals of Meaningful Giving


FOR 11 nights last month, several dozen homeless people slept on plastic sheeting and soiled blankets outside the gleaming new $500 million headquarters of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle. Their objective was a $30,000 grant to help reopen shelters that had been closed by cuts in government funds.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Three Maine State Prison inmates earn bachelor’s degrees

By Heather Steeves, BDN Staff, WARREN, Maine —

Shaun Libby, 32, of Standish was a teenager when he killed a man while trying to rob a gas station. He has grown up a lot since then.

On Wednesday, Libby and eight other men received degrees from a Maine State Prison
college program.

It has been proven by myriad studies that obtaining a college degree in prison reduces
the chance that inmates will commit new crimes and end up back in the system.  Libby,
who has 20 years left on a 40-year sentence for murder and robbery, quoted those statistics
as he spoke at his commencement in front of family and teachers gathered in the visitation
room at the prison.

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Sunshine Lady at Coffeewood Correctional Facility

One might expect to find millionaire philanthropist Doris Buffett lunching at some swanky country club Wednesday morning, not sitting in a small library conversing with convicts.

But to Buffett, talking with participants in her Sunshine Lady Foundation is much more fulfilling than snacking on watercress sandwiches.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Buffett grant keeps college program alive at Coyote Ridge

By Kristi Pihl, Herald staff writer

Wednesday, May. 25, 2011

CONNELL — An associate degree program at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center that prison officials said helps reduce recidivism has been saved from the chopping block.

A private foundation has awarded a $140,000 grant to keep the Connell prison’s associate degree program going until 2012, when Department of Corrections officials hope a federal grant will be reinstated.

The grant from the Sunshine Lady Foundation, operated by Doris Buffett, sister of billionaire Warren Buffett, will start July 1 and continue until June 30, 2012. Read More

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Doris Buffett transfers a wealth of knowledge to college students

Evy Mages/ For Capital Business - Julie Rogers, president and CEO of the Meyer Foundation, with Doris Buffett at Georgetown University.

Washington Post
Capital Business
By Vanessa Small, Published: May 15

Don’t be fooled. Doris Buffett, philanthropist and sister of billionaire Warren Buffett, was “not born with a silver spoon in my mouth,” she told a class of Georgetown University students at a ceremony that culminated a course on philanthropy, grant writing and social change.
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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Doris Buffett Goes Home

Doris Buffett Visits the Learning by Giving class at the University of Nebraska Omaha

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Doris Buffett, sister of billionaire Warren Buffett, featured at Redwood City fundraiser

By Carolyn Livengood
San Mateo County Times
The public is invited to attend “An Evening With Doris Buffett,” the philanthropic sister of billionaire Warren Buffett, from 6 to 8 p.m. March 31 at the San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St. in Redwood City. Read More

Friday, January 14, 2011

Maine prison offers free college in effort to reduce repeat offenders, save money

WARREN, Maine — Olin Williams was 23 years old when his prison cell door closed behind him in 2001.

“A dumb kid,” he calls himself in retrospect. His mistakes cost him 15 years in the Maine State Prison for an attempted murder conviction. On the outside, Williams worked as a machinist in a factory. A college education seemed far away.

Now, about five years from release, Williams has an associate degree and plans to get his bachelor’s degree soon. Williams was one of the first student-prisoners accepted into the Maine State Prison’s college program that offers free classes to inmates who want to earn degrees.

He is one of 40 at the prison taking about two courses per semester toward a degree in liberal studies, the only degree program in the prison so far. The college tuition is about $55,000 each semester for all the students combined, plus about $7,000 for books. Not one penny comes from taxpayer pockets.

Philanthropist Doris Buffett, sister of billionaire Warren Buffett, fully finances the program through her Sunshine Lady Foundation. The foundation supports 16 prison college programs around the country at a total cost of about $1.5 million last year. Since Williams entered the program in 2005, he has turned his life around, he said. “You get into a new mind-set,” he said as he sat at a table in the prison’s education building. “You step out of the criminal mind-set and into the mind-set of a student.”

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Troubled teens get second chance in new city setting


On a November night 17 years ago, Alvin Chaplin pored over a list of troubled youths. He chose a handful of teenage boys to live in a new group home in Stafford County.

The home would be named for Chaplin, who dedicated the last two decades of his life to the teens he called “throwaway kids,” those headed for juvenile detention centers.

And choosing that first batch of teens was Chaplin’s last act. He died the next morning.

On Monday, 17 years to the day after he selected the first residents of the Chaplin Youth Center, organizers celebrated the group home’s expansion–the Chaplin Youth Center West. Read More

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Local civic leader receives national peace award

Lynne Barber is a name many in the community recognize because of her caring heart and open hands in the field of giving and helping others. Barber has worked extensively over the last decade with local domestic violence prevention centers and now with New Beginnings Pregnancy Center in Ash Flat. Recently, Barber was honored nationally with a very prestigious award — The Sunshine Peace Award. She and her husband, Thom, traveled to Wilmington, N.C. in August to accept the honor.

Barber was one of only 15 women chosen annually to receive the award for her work and support in bettering the community in which she lives. She was also the first recipient of the award from the state of Arkansas. Read More

Friday, October 8, 2010

Students win Buffett foundation grant

Northeastern Students4Giving (NS4G), a student-led initiative that immerses its members in the operation of a working philanthropic organization, has received a $10,000 grant from the Sunshine Lady Foundation’s Learning by Giving program.

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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Philanthropist Doris Buffett is Virginia Press Women’s Newsmaker of the Year

Virginia Press Women has named noted philanthropist Doris Buffett of Fredericksburg its 2010 Newsmaker of the Year. She was honored yesterday at VPW’s fall conference in Hampton.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Educare facility praised

Ceremony officially opens pre-school for at-risk children

WATERVILLE — Several pairs of scissors cut through the purple rope and up came a green sheet revealing an engraved stone that read, “Karen M. Baldacci Children’s Garden.”

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Fredericksburg’s Beloved Sunshine Lady, Doris Buffett, Will Do Two Book Signings

September 9, 2010

What: Book signing by Doris Buffett

When: Saturday, 2-5 p.m.

Where: Fredericksburg Area Museum store

Cost: Free Info: or 540/371-3037, ext. 12

What: Doris Buffett will be interviewed about her life by author Michael Zitz, and will sign copies of Zitz’s biography of her, “Giving It All Away.”

When: 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12

Where: Stafford Borders Books & Music, 1240 Stafford Market Place in Garrisonville

Info: 540/720-9636



Does money buy happiness? Doris Buffett would answer yes, but with one caveat: only if it’s used to help others.

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Monday, September 6, 2010

EDUCARE – A new kind of preschool

WATERVILLE — Little Jia-Li Kao, 2, rolls play dough out into a pancake and then shapes it into a ball and presents it to her mother

“A tomato!” she exclaims.

The curly-haired tot giggles as she sits at a tiny table with two little boys Wednesday in a classroom at the brand new, $9 million Educare Central Maine on Drummond Avenue.

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Honorary West Virginian

Sunday sees ‘New Dawn’

D&E donors meet and surpass challenge

By CARRA HIGGINS, Staff Writer

Davis & Elkins College has surpassed its challenge from philanthropist and now an “Honorary West Virginian” Doris Buffett to raise $300,000 to support the Highland Scholar Program by nearly $200,000. The college and Buffett are scheduled to settle her challenge donation today.

Sunday evening, during “The New Dawn Concert: An Evening with Jack Gibbons,” D&E President Dr. G.T. “Buck” Smith announced that donors from across the globe have contributed $498,625.45. Read More

Friday, August 27, 2010

Davis & Elkins College News & Information : “New Dawn Orientation this Weekend”

Elkins, WV – Davis & Elkins College will welcome new students to campus this weekend with two full days of activities, information sessions, and special events during its “New Dawn” Orientation Weekend Saturday and Sunday.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Sunshine Lady beams on Morehead City

From the Carteret County News-Times
Friday, August 13, 2010

Since 1996, former county resident Doris Buffett has given away $100 million of her own money, mostly directly to thousands of individuals “unlucky through no fault of their own.”

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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Investing in people

Investing in people brings payoff for Doris Buffett
Doris Buffett – Warren’s sister – believes in helping by paying money forward

From the StarNews Online

By Ben Steelman

She’s been mistaken for Jimmy Buffett’s sister, but the other rumor is true: She’s giving away free money.

There’s a catch, of course. You’d better deserve it. Also, you’ll be expected to “pay it forward” – to help others later on, if you have the chance.
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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Warren Buffett’s Sister on Giving her Millions Away – Fox Business News

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Buffett’s Sister Gives it All Away – CNN Money

Sunday, June 6, 2010

After Graduation, Back to Sing Sing Cellblock, With Hope – NY Times


The graduates in caps and gowns wore black. The prison guards wore blue. The view of the Hudson was dazzling save for the razor wire coiled at the top of the chain-link fence outside.

It was graduation night at Sing Sing, and perhaps 400 people were in attendance. There were the new graduates — almost all of the 32 inmates getting their bachelor of science and associate’s diplomas — as well as many of the 155 past graduates who were still in prison and some others who had come back for a night.

There were beaming family members and friends. And then there were Harry BelafonteWarren Buffett and his sister Doris Buffett, a regular donor to Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison, which organizes and supports the college program at Sing Sing and two other prisons.

If graduation season is about hope and new horizons, if all of us have a shot at redemption, if a college degree is about more than the decal on the rear window, it was one heck of a graduation Wednesday night at the maximum security prison 35 miles north of Midtown Manhattan.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Fredericksburg Woman Gives to GCC Students

Fredericksburg philanthropist Doris Buffett has initiated a relationship with the Germanna Community College Educational Foundation, beginning with a gift of $150,000 over three years for scholarships.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Marigold Fund receives matching $126K grant

A local organization that does humanitarian work aimed at helping to rebuild Afghanistan and forge relationships with its citizens is receiving a matching grant for up to $126,000 from a national charity.

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Buffett Funds Germanna Scholarships

Fredericksburg philanthropist Doris Buffett has gotten involved with the Germanna Community College Educational Foundation, beginning with a gift of $150,000 over three years for scholarships.

She decided to get involved while attending a foundation event in November, and details were worked out this week.

At the November event, Buffett heard three Germanna students speak who are on scholarships. “I thought, ‘These are exactly the people we want to help.’ I have a high regard for what Germanna’s doing. They’re into the real world. They’re helping people to a good life through a good education.”

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Friday, May 14, 2010

National Enquirer: Buffett Gives It All Away

Billionaire Wall Street kingpin Warren Buffett’s sister, Doris, opens Pandora’s box and finds Hope.

When she was a little girl, Doris Buffett prayed that a fairy godmother would whisk her away from an abusive mother. Now she’s swooping in herself to help others who’ve had bad breaks in life.

Since 1996, Doris has given away an incredible $100 million, most of it directly to thousands of individuals who are “unlucky through no fault of their own.” Now 82, Doris has suffered two “warning strokes” – and she’s anxious to give away the rest of her fortune.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Giving it All Away

Upcoming Events:

Mon, 06/07/2010

Doris Buffett will appear on ABC’s “Good Morning America”.  Also, on “Nightline” – 11:30 to midnight

Tues, 06/08/2010

Doris Buffett will appear on CNN’s “American Morning”
Doris Buffett will appear on Charlie Rose

Sat, 06/19/2010 – 6-8pm

Doris Buffett at book signing
Location: Borders Bookstore, Fredericksburg, VA

For further event info and updates from the author, please visit

From the Amazon review:

Inspiring story of a woman who is using her wealth for philanthropy.

At 82, Warren Buffett s older sister, Doris, has contributed more than $100 million in support of battered women, sick children, the mentally ill and others through a highly personal style of giving that sets her Sunshine Lady Foundation apart from larger organizations staffed with trained professionals.

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Friday, April 30, 2010

Retail Philanthropist

Doris Buffett has spent the better part of the last 14 years giving away her considerable fortune to people who have suffered some misfortune in their lives.

The 68 years that Buffett lived before that taught her plenty about misfortune.

Despite being the sister of one of the world’s richest men, Fredericksburg resident Doris Bufett has suffered plenty of pain and hardship during her life, a new book by Michael Zitz makes clear.

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Buffetts prove they share more than their last name

A LAST NAME, a Midwest upbringing and a penchant for giving away money aren’t the only things Warren and Doris Buffett have in common.

That was the thought that came to my mind after reading Michael Zitz’s new biography of Doris Buffett, “Giving It All Away,” and then spending a couple of hours talking to the “Sunshine Lady” at her Fredericksburg home this week.

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Warren Buffett Gets Personal

Below is a foreword for the new autobiography on Doris Buffett. It was written by her more famous brother, Warren, and is published on with the permission of the book’s author, Michael Zitz, of Fredericksburg.

“My sister, Doris, is a philanthropist, but far from an ordinary one.

“Some people write a large number of checks; others invest a large amount of time and effort. Doris does both.

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Camp CaPella

DEDHAM, ME, February 24 – The Sunshine Lady Foundation is providing Camp CaPella with the means to purchase the property and facilities of the camp as part of a gift of up to $500,000 to enable and sustain independent operations of Camp CaPella for the next century and beyond.

Camp CaPella provides handicapped-accessible lakefront camp experiences on Phillips Lake for children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities and their families.

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Elkins Middle School Honors Warren Buffett’s Sister – The State Journal

Elkins Middle School Honors Warren Buffett’s Sister

Doris Buffett’s Sunshine Lady Foundation, Inc. donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the school. The money was used to buy new furniture and lockers, and students and teachers wanted to show their appreciation for her generosity.

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Buffett Family Rescues School

State News Friday January 29, 2010
Charleston Daily Mail

Billionaire Buffett family rescues school

by Zack Harold
Daily Mail staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Despite $9 million in renovations, the outside of Elkins Middle School doesn’t look much different.

But it’s what’s inside that counts.

All new furniture and lockers, upgraded computer labs and classrooms, upgraded lighting and new bathroom facilities now fill the half-century-old school, thanks in part to a generous $234,000 donation from Doris Buffett, sister of multi-billionaire Warren Buffett. Read More

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Buffett’s sister, Limbaugh differ on state of U.S. health care – Omaha World Herald

Published Sunday January 17, 2010
Warren Watch: Buffett’s sister, Limbaugh differ on state of U.S. health care

By Steve Jordon

Rush Limbaugh has no problems with U.S. medical care, but Warren Buffett’s sister says many people aren’t so lucky.

Doris Buffett, whose Sunshine Lady Foundation gave $10.4 million in contributions in 2008 to a wide range of charities, was interviewed by Davidson College of Charlotte, N.C., one of 15 colleges where she supports classes on philanthropy to give students firsthand experience with the process of making wise donations.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Sunshine Scholars Announced

The success of this uniquely designed scholarship program is primarily due to the personal relationship our program directors develop with each Sunshine Scholar.

We coach them, cheer them, prod them and praise them, and that makes all the difference. We send them off with history books, etiquette books, self help books and dictionaries. We make sure they know that this relationship is about much more than scholarship dollars

Friday, August 3, 2007

“The Other Buffett”, Wall Street Journal Wealth Report, August 3, 2007

Warren Buffett doesn’t give handouts. But you might try his sister Doris. Sally Beatty on the charity and frugality that run in the family.

One day last July, UPS delivered a large cardboard box to the doorstep of a condominium in Rockport, Maine. Inside were more than 1,400 letters.

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