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October 2011 Philanthropy Blog

31 Oct 2011 12:44 PM | Pete Hansen (Administrator)

 Thanks for checking in with The Noblemen "Philanthropy Blog"! October has been another busy month full of philanthropic opportunities and Noble Deeds! Here are some of the noteworthy happenings from October 2011:

  - Every year during the NFL season The Noblemen support a really noble cause called "Sports SuperKids". Sports SuperKids has been run by a local Virginia Beach hero named Bob Lane for almost 20 years. Every year Bob takes terminally ill children and their families to Washington Redskins home games. The families are treated to a weekend adventure in Washington D.C. complete with visits to our national monuments and the great museums in the D.C. area. The weekend concludes with a visit to Redskins park where not only do the children and their families take in the football game but they are granted access into the Redskins locker room after the game to meet players and receive autographs.  The Noblemen are proud to help fund the travel, hotel and game day expenses for Sports SuperKids! Hail to Sports Superkids!
- The Noblemen are often able to help "broker" philanthropy through our organization because of the countless contacts and resources that we have access to here in Hampton Roads. One of our members brought our attention to a local 13 year old boy who needed some help. The boy is hearing impaired, has mild cerebral palsy and has vision issues all of which resulted from complications at birth. One of the biggest challenges that this young man faces on a daily basis is wearing glasses and not breaking them. Dr. Hal Breedlove, owner of Coastal Vision and also a proud Noblemen member, was able to outfit the boy with a pair of durable prescription athletic quality glasses that will not break easily. The Noblemen were also able to help the family pay for some repairs to their vehicle with a generous gift from Bill DeSteph, one of The Noblemen's outstanding Community Partners.
(for more information about becoming a Community Partner please click here)

- The Noblemen were also very honored to be able to pass a gift along to Children's Performance Workshops. Children's Performance Workshops is a local organization that fights child abuse through it's award winning marionette show. Over 140 child molesters have been put in prison as the result of this program. The Noblemen were able to pass along a $3500 gift to this wonderful cause!

 - The Noblemen made two $2500 gifts to two other very noble local organizations. One gift went to Young Life Capernaum, an organization that works with disabled children an adults and provides them with all kinds of opportunities from a place to hang out and make friends, field trips, summer camps to name a few!
 A second gift went to Young Life of the Commonwealth, an organization which focuses around mentoring urban children. Young Life partners adult mentors with children so that that they can serve as a positive role model and friend to the kids, Young Life and also provides and funds many different enrichment programs for these children.

 - Last year the Noblemen hosted a fundraiser for a young man named Jarred Easter. Jarred's father came to The Noblemen to see if we could help raise money for Jarred to receive a double lung transplant. The Noblemen threw "Jammin for Jarred" which featured several local musicians who performed at Abbey Road, there was a silent auction, lots of prizes and a good time had by all as we raised funds for Jarred. Soon after the event Jarred's new lungs became available and he underwent a successful double lung transplant! I met Jarred for the first time this past weekend and he thanked our organization for all that we did. He said he is breathing well for the first time in his life and could not have been more grateful for the love and support that The Noblemen provided! Congratulations Jarred!


- The Noblemen Toy Drive is honored to be the beneficiary of the first annual Charlie Normile Toy Drive. Charlie was a local two and a half year old boy who lost his life in a tragic accident this past spring. Charlie's held a birthday party at The Nimmo Parkway in Virginia Beach and asked guests to bring a toy in honor of Charlie. They gathered hundreds of toys in his honor. This year will also mark the first annual Charlie's Run and Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving. Runners and participants will again be asked to bring gifts to honor Charlie all of which will go towards The Noblemen Christmas Toy Drive. For more information or to register for the Turkey trot please visit: http://www.charliesrun.com


- We could not be any more proud of what is happening with The NobleTeens program right now. There are now NobleTeens chapters in all of the Virginia Beach public high schools, including the Renaissance Academy. The Noblemen have provided a $500 allowance to each Nobleteens chapter to help them fund their own philanthropic ideas. Keep your attention on The Nobleteens because GREAT things are coming!


Thanks so much for checking in with The Noblemen Philanthropy Blog and reading about some of the wonderful things that happened with our organization this past month! Please check back again at the end of November to read more about the impact we are making right here in Hampton Roads!

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