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The Seventh Annual Tom Tom Founders Festival is a week-long celebration of innovators, visionaries, and artists who are shaping small cities. The Festival occurs at dozens of venues throughout downtown Charlottesville. 

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The Haven

Thanks to the generosity of Tom Shadyac, The Haven opened its doors in January 2010. Tom, a UVA alum, returned to Charlottesville in 2005-06 to shoot the movie Evan Almighty. While here Tom and his crew got to know many of the folks experiencing homelessness in the area. He was struck by the real needs of those in extreme poverty and homelessness, especially in a city as vibrant and affluent as Charlottesville. He quickly realized he wanted to do something to address, even end, homelessness locally. Meeting with advocates, officials, and community members, he decided to purchase and renovate the historic First Christian Church on the corner of Market Street and First Street for the purpose of transforming it into a low-barrier day shelter and social resource center.


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