Community Support

Rippe’s and Rippe’s Shoes storefronts

Rippe’s century-plus tenure in the southern Virginia Piedmont area motivates us to give back. We support education, area arts, the United Way, and some of its agencies.


Major gifts have endowed the Rippe Scholarships at Danville Community College, Averett University and Carlisle School. Contact these institutions for specifics.


Major support goes to Rippe’s Annual Fashion Show for Breast Cancer. All proceeds go to the Danville Cancer Association for breast cancer patients in need.

Arts and Community Organizations

Support goes to Community Concerts Series, Caswell Concert Series, Danville Museum of Art & History, the North Theater, the Prizery, Danville Science Center, YMCA, YWCA, Free Clinic of Danville, and the United Way.

Group Entertainment

We are occasionally available to local large groups or conventions to entertain with a fashion show. Three examples are the Member/Guest Brunch and Fashion Show at Danville Golf Club, Ladies’ Night Out at Chatmoss Country Club and the Women’s Club of Halifax County, benefiting scholarships and historic building restoration. If your group of seventy or more is interested, contact us.

Past Community Support Efforts

Riverview Rotary Pre-Parade Reception (December 14, 2013)
Her Magazine covers fashion benefit for breast cancer (November 2012)
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Pick up a copy of this month’s It’s All About Her magazine in the Register and Bee or read it online!

Letter to the editor: “Local retailers step up to the plate” (November 30, 2012)

From the Register & Bee:

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To the editor:

This year’s Rippe’s "Fashion Benefit for Breast Cancer" event raised $7,000 for local breast cancer patients.

All proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to assist local breast cancer patients with the medical cost of their cancer-related prescriptions, travel, medical supplies and equipment and other special needs. Funds will be administered by the Danville Cancer Association.

The DCA is very grateful for all the generosity and support given to our organization from Ben Rippe and his associates over the past seven years in raising funds for area breast cancer patients in need. We would also like to thank everyone who contributed to this years’ Fashion Benefit.

Rippe’s has raised approximately $55,000 for our local breast cancer patients over the past seven years. Cancer touches so many lives, and we are truly blessed to have the overwhelming help and support of Rippe’s, its associates and everyone who contributed to help our area patients.

Please contact our agency for assistance by calling the Danville Cancer Association at (434) 791-3227.


Editor’s note: Crider is the executive director of the Danville Cancer Association.

“Local retailers step up to the plate,” Register & Bee, November 30, 2012.

Supporting DCC’s “The Power of One” campaign (November 22, 2011)
Invest now in DCC’s first major gifts campaign. “The Power of One” makes a difference.... “Now Danville Community College looks to us for support. We can do no less. We saw DCC’s value years ago when the Rippe Scholarship for Women at DCC was endowed. DCC is an important asset to Danville and to a 35-mile radius beyond. I urge every citizen, and especially the 76,000 alumni, to give to ‘The Power of One’ Major Gifts Campaign.” — Ben Rippe, Owner, Rippe’s Women’s Apparel, Rippe’s Furs, Rippe’s Shoes, Downtown Danville, Virginia; 1972 DCC Graduate. [Please download images to continue reading or click to go to the website.]
“Rippe’s helping Danville Cancer Association” (September 28, 2011)

Denice Thibodeau’s article describes how Rippe’s is supporting the Danville Cancer Association this year:

For several years, the store—which carries women’s clothing, shoes and furs—has held a big-ticket gala complete with champagne, a fashion show and a silent auction. This year, Rippe decided to continue supporting the nonprofit, but changed how that is being handled, mainly due to continuing issues with the economy....

Instead, Rippe’s created a small purse—in pink, the color that represents breast cancer awareness—with the Rippe’s label inside, and will be giving one to anyone who donates at least $40 to the Danville Cancer Association. Make a donation of at least $240, and the purse will have a $75 Rippe’s gift certificate in it, Rippe said.

Ben Rippe sits next to a chest of pink purses in Rippe’s on Sept. 27. The purses will be given to anyone who donates $40 or more to the Danville Cancer Association. (Photo: Steve Mantilla/Register & Bee)

From “Rippe’s helping Danville Cancer Association”, WSLS, and “Rippe’s digging into its purses”,, September 28, 2011.

Supporting the Danville Cancer Association (September 2011)
Free pink purse to  support area breast cancer patients in need! How to get yours: Make a donation of $40 or more to Danville Cancer Association. Come to Rippe’s with your donation and take home your free purse. Make your contribution any way you want to DCA — check, credit/debit card, Rippe’s charge, mail to Rippe’s or DCA. Can't come to Rippe’s? Donate and we will send yours out. $75 gift certificate inside each purse with donation of $240 or more.
Rippe’s Fall Fashions Enhanced by New Décor Investment (September 2011)
Ben Rippe in renovated store

“Since the cooler nights recently, fall merchandise has been moving out the door at a rapid pace,” says Ben Rippe, president of the 105-year firm featuring his family name on the door. “The new season of clothing and shoes is set off to better presentation since Rippe’s new décor renovation,” he continues.

Designed by Dewberry and interior design team leader Dodie Hudson, key features include a Tuscan tile–themed walkway, new flooring, fixtures, furnishings and shadow box displays with design elements incorporated from last year’s exterior windows enhancement. Read more...