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Join us for the 10th Annual Shining Knight Gala
“Honoring Those Who Protect and Save Lives in Central Virginia”

Saturday, April 28, 2018
Richmond Convention Center

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Celebration, Education, Support

photo of awards ceremonyThe Shining Knight Gala is an occasion designed to celebrate a life saved and the many women and men who made it possible.

One of the highlights of the evening is an in-depth look into the journey of a trauma patient; from injury to recovery. We will learn about the heroic efforts and collaboration of an outstanding team of “Shining Knights” made up of care providers from first responders, to trauma surgeons, nurses, and countless others. The survivor and supporters come together to honor these Shining Knights and learn what it takes to give a trauma survivor a second chance at life. The event's program exemplifies the outstanding work we are privileged to be a part of every day.

VCU Medical Center is proud to be Virginia’s longest-standing Level I trauma center. We hope you gain some insight into what we do and why we are so passionate about it.

Funds raised at the Shining Knight Gala are used to support VCU Health Injury and Violence Prevention Programs that benefit the communities of Richmond, Central Virginia, and beyond.



The Shining Knight Gala provides sponsors an opportunity to support Central Virginia’s only Level One Trauma Center. Through the Gala we celebrate one patient's remarkable story of survival and the team that made his or her recovery possible.

A sponsorship of this event supports Injury and Violence Prevention Programs through the Trauma Center and gives any organization the opportunity to support a cause that impacts all Central Virginians in need of trauma care.

For more information on how to be a sponsor

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My Personal Knight in Shining Armor is Dr. Frank D. (Hank) Stoneburner, Jr.

By: Susan Butterworth

Susan Butterworth
Susan Butterworth

Hank Stoneburner, Jr, MD
Frank D. (Hank) Stoneburner, Jr, MD

A knight in shining armor is a person who comes to aid another in a bold, gallant, and courageous way. It is not a phrase we use causally when we refer to someone who has come to our rescue in real life. Dr. Frank D. (Hank) Stoneburner, Jr. bravely came to my aid when I was threatened by a cancerous tumor in my colon.

In celebration of the VCU Trauma Center’s 10th Annual Shining Knight Gala, it is my honor to name Hank as my personal knight in shining armor. I am eternally grateful for the gifts of life and grace that Hank has given me. I treasure Hank and his wife Vonnie as lifelong friends. Since meeting them in college, we have celebrated and supported one another through the many twists and turns of our 40 years of friendship. I hope to shine a light on what it means to be a shining knight in our time by naming Hank as mine!

My greatest health challenge, and the way that Hank helped me, is the reason I want to name Hank as my shining knight. Twenty-one years ago, during a colonoscopy, my doctors discovered a golf-ball sized malignant tumor that was obstructing my colon. I wanted to get that nasty tumor out of there immediately. I had two young sons and a husband who needed me. When I regained consciousness and assessed my options, I called Hank to get his thoughts on the possibility of surgery as soon as possible. Without hesitation Hank said, “I can perform this surgery later this afternoon.” An operation on the schedule had been canceled. This was surprising to me as I had expected to wait a few days. Hank realized that since I was already prepped for surgery due to the colonoscopy, there was no need to wait. 

During the surgery, Hank removed the tumor and the lymph nodes in the area. Hank successfully completed the surgery and the long road to healing began for me. Hank recommended VCU’s Massey Cancer Center to me for the most aggressive cancer treatment possible since I had stage 3 colon cancer with 4 positive lymph nodes. It is interesting to connect the steps in our own healing journey with those who come to our rescue when we are suffering. The site of my recovery at VCU’s Medical Center was the same place where Hank began his training to become one of Richmond’s leading doctors and surgeons. Hank is my shining knight. I am alive today because of his rapid and caring response to my health need. Thank you, Hank, and thanks to all the many others along the way at VCU for making me a 21-year cancer survivor. I am excited to shine this light on my knight! Hank exemplifies what it means to be a knight in our time!


To benefit injury & violence prevention programs at VCU Medical Center. A state-designated Level I Trauma Center verified by American College of Surgeons

last updated: March 20, 2018

Shining Knights at VCU Trauma Center