Positive Vibe Foundation
2825 Hathaway Road
Richmond VA 23225-1725
Mission Statement The Positive Vibe Foundation (formerly, Get Lost MD (Muscular Dystrophy) Foundation) prepares people with cognitive or physical disabilities for paid employment in the food service industry.  We accomplish our mission by training and employing people with disabilities at Max’s Positive Vibe Café.

CEO/Executive Director Mr. Garth Larcen
Board Chair Ms. Judy Averill
Board Chair Company Affiliation Chesterfield Public Schools (ret.)
Contact Information
Address 2825 Hathaway Road
Richmond, VA 232251725
Telephone 804 560-3159
Fax 804 560-9623
E-mail getlostmd@aol.com
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2002
Former Names
Get Lost MD (Muscular Dystrophy) Foundation2010
Site Visit No
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $893,017.00
Projected Expenses $892,048.00
Additional Documents
Tasty Morsels - December2015View
Tasty Morsels - December2014View
Tasty Morsels - December2013View
Tasty Morsels - December2012View
Tasty Morsels - December2011View
Tasty Morsels - December2009View
Mission The Positive Vibe Foundation (formerly, Get Lost MD (Muscular Dystrophy) Foundation) prepares people with cognitive or physical disabilities for paid employment in the food service industry.  We accomplish our mission by training and employing people with disabilities at Max’s Positive Vibe Café.

Impact Accomplishments, 2015-16:
The Coaches' Kick-Off, VibeFrost, VibeFest, and Souper Bowl continued to raise funds for our mission. Our Guest Bartender Series, featuring local personalities including Tim Kaine, Kathy Graziano, and Todd Parnell, raised awareness of our mission.We have graduated nearly 1,200 students.Our Community Liaison specialist helped us engage more school systems and their special needs students in our work.Goals of 2016-17:
We will continue to expand our catering activities.We will continue to build our brand while furthering our mission and reach.We will continue to increase awareness of and attendance at a variety of events like the VibeFrost, VibeFest, Coaches' Cook-Off, and Souper Bowl.We will continue to engage with schools and community groups to recruit more students and employers.

Needs Sustainability is our most pressing need.We need to make the most of our rebranding efforts in order to attract more patrons to the Cafe.Long-term, we would like to be more proactive in helping our graduates obtain work.  The Community Liaison Specialist is helping us begin this effort.
Background Max Larcen couldn’t get a job.

Max had the skills and attitudes to be successful in the food service business. But he wasn’t getting any job offers, because potential employers weren’t able to see beyond his muscular dystrophy.

That’s when Max and his father, Garth, a seasoned restaurateur in his own right, came up with the concept for Max’s Positive Vibe Café and incorporated the Get Lost MD Foundation as a non-profit organization.

Max's Positive Vibe Café, an attractive and popular 125-seat restaurant in Stratford Hills, functions as the “lab” where students hone the skills they acquired in class in the context of a real life setting.

Since our first graduation in 2005, more than 1,200 students have completed the training program.  Approximately 30% are employed at any given time.

In addition to learning hands-on job skills, students experience additional benefits.  They become more self-determined and self-motivated.  They are more able to advocate for themselves. Their communications and social skills improve.  As a result of participating in the training, students also find connectivity to their communities which helps build relationships and confidence that transcend the workplace.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Richmond, City
Chesterfield County
Henrico County
Students come primarily from Richmond, Chesterfield, and Henrico. We would gladly welcome students from other areas but inadequate transportation options for people with disabilities limit our geographic reach.
Restaurant patrons come from a 50-mile radius around Richmond.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Judy Averill
Company Affiliation Chesterfield Public Schools (ret.)
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2017
Email jmaverill@vcu.edu
Board of Directors
Board Members
Ms. Judy Averill Chesterfield Co. Public Schools (ret.)
Ms. Beth Conner Chesterfield Co. Public Schools (retired)
Mr. Lee Crenshaw Mobility SuperCenter
Ms. Anna Delandro Bank of America
Mr. Garth Larcen Get Lost MD Foundation t/a Max's Positive Vibe Cafe
Ms. Franchon Randall C.P.A.Ernst & Young, LLP
Matt Reinaker Esq.Asurest
Laura Taylor Ph.D., LCPVillage Family Psychiatry
Mr. Chris Welles Willow Oaks Country Club
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 75
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Advisory Board Members
Mr. Denis Aleshkie Henrico Public Schools
Ms. Judy Averill M.S.Chesterfield Co. Public Schools
Ms. Beth Conner Chesterfield County Public Schools
Ms. Crystal Davis Henrico Public Schools
Ms. Kelly Desclos Richmond Public Schools
Ms. Donna Grumiaux Dept. of Rehabilitative Services
Ms. Kathy Hobbie Henrico Public Schools
Ms. Judy Howlett Richmond Public Schools
Ms. Michelle Kitt K12
Ms. Nicole Reedy Positive Vibe Foundation
Mr. Jon Stewart Henrico Public Schools
Mr. Chris Welles Willow Oaks Country Club
Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Garth Larcen
Experience Garth Larcen, President, Positive Foundation, graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Political Science.  While still in school, he opened The Sewer Sub Shop in Blacksburg.  In 1976, he opened The Possibility, serving French continental cuisine.  Following the birth of his children, he moved back to Richmond, where he devotes his time to the Foundation and the Café. 
Senior Staff
Ms. Caito Hankinson Training Program Director
Mr. Maxwell B. Larcen Assistant Manager, Max's Positive Vibe Cafe
Ms. Lauren Weaver Office Manager
Full Time Staff 5
Part Time Staff 12
Volunteers 100
Contractors 2
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted 2010
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Schweikert Disability Awareness AwardParalyzed Veterans of America2009
Community Service AwardCommonwealth Catholic Charities2009
Good Shepherd AwardA Grace Place2008
Employer of the YearCouncil for Exceptional Children/Div. on Career Development & Transition2008
New Freedom Initiatve AwardU.S. Department of Labor2007
Humanitarian of VirginiaNational Restaurant Association2006
Neighborhood RestaurantNational Restaurant Association2004
Neighborhood RestaurantNational Restaurant Association2005
Richmond History MakerValentine-Richmond History Center2008
Compass AwardNorthstar Academy2010
Outstanding Achievement AwardVa. Board for People with Disabilities2006
People's Choice Award/Nature's PlatesNature Conservancy2012

The Core Training Program is the organization's signature program.  Students with cognitive or physical disabilities are referred to the Positive Vibe by area school systems, the Department for Rehabilitative Services, the Center for Independent Living, and other groups.

Up to ten students are accepted in each class, and two classes are held each day -- one in the morning and the other in the afternoon.  Classes meet for two hours each day, five days a week, for four weeks.

In addition to their class time, students serve as interns at Max's Positive Vibe Café, an attractive 125-seat restaurant in Stratford Hills, which functions as a "lab" where students hone their skills in a real-life setting.  During their course of study, students learn about every aspect of food service and preparation, including:

  • Personal hygiene
  • Kitchen sanitation and food safety
  • Introduction to bussing
  • Introduction to dishwashing
  • Restaurant safety
  • Measuring and knife skills
  • Kitchen utensils and equipment
  • Preparing, cooking and serving
  • Resume building and interview techniques
  • Workplace communication
  • Confidence building

Each training session includes a field trip to Willow Oaks County Club, where the General Manager's guided tour of the Club's foodservice operations gives students an overview of the variety of jobs and settings available to them.

The Advanced Training Program allows us to help those students who are capable of doing more.  Selected graduates are invited to take Advanced Training. Advanced Training is most often conducted one-on-one.  Curriculum areas are tailored to meet each individual student's needs and can include subjects like knife skills, cooking, etc.

Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $893,017.00
Projected Expenses $892,048.00
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$604,065$411,449$592,324
Administration Expense$103,260$93,497$96,601
Fundraising Expense$28,035$104,048$42,212
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.941.011.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%68%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%22%9%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$249,552$294,186$289,565
Current Assets$13,975$48,691$34,058
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$16,574$14,625$11,975
Total Net Assets$232,978$279,561$277,590
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.843.332.84
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit Application 4/2017View
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from IRS Form 990s.
  • IRS Form 990 forms prepared by Harris, Hardy & Johnstone, P.C.
  • Revenue from "Individuals" may include support from foundation, corporate and/or government sources.