A documentary shown as part of the event, “A Man Named Xavier,” says the partnership has helped 7,500 area young people get into college.
The film also covers Richardson’s life, including his childhood—the challenges, his loving parents, along with how he was recognized early as a highly intelligent and compassionate person, which led teachers and his high school principal to guide him on his path to college.
That path took Richardson to an Ivy League education, a job on Wall Street, where he lost later his job in a market crash, and back to Fredericksburg.
Saturday’s event included videos from Gov. Ralph Northam and U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. Rep. Rob Wittman sent a letter, which was read aloud.
Northam, who has appointed Richardson to numerous boards, talked about “distinguished leadership” and “service unparalleled.”
“Xavier is a change-maker,” the governor said.
Del. Joshua Cole attended the event and talked about Richardson’s impact on him as a high school junior.
“He showed me everything that I have, everything that I am and every place that I go, all comes from the help of God,” he said. “Now I didn’t realize it then, but Xavier was the one who showed me that the righteous steps of a good man are ordered.”