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May and June 2013 Philanthropy Blog

30 Jun 2013 10:48 PM | Pete Hansen (Administrator)



  
 The Noblemen performed one of our biggest and most rewarding annual Noble Deeds in the month of May, our "Dictionary Project"! Each year The Noblemen purchase a brand new Scholastic hardback dictionary for all of the third graders in title one schools in both Virginia Beach and Chesapeake! We don't just have this wonderful gift delivered to the classes, we go into each class room and talk to the children about why we are Noble and why we want to do a Noble Deed for them. Each child enters into a "contract" with The Noblemen and promises that when they no longer need their dictionary (when they go to high school and get a bigger dictionary) that they will pass it along to another child who does not have a dictionary of their own. We provided dictionaries for over 1700 great local kids this year and had an EXCEPTIONAL time along the way!
 
One of our very Noble members and Community Partners, Ben Munson (a local bank manager with Old Point National Bank in Norfolk) spearheaded an effort to provide for a family in need in Norfolk. Ben met the Perez family last Christmas during our Norfolk Trolley Ride. Noblemen and women visit the homes of some less fortunate families and provide them with some much needed Christmas festivity (toys, food, etc..) each year. When the trolley stopped by the Perez household Ben and the other participants were shocked to find a home with almost nothing inside but people. There was very little furniture, no tables, couches, beds or much of anything. Ben also realized that there was a child in the home with some developmental problems. Ben single handedly put together an effort to provide for the Perez family in a big way. Ben reached out to The Noblemen and NobleWomen membership for donations and was able to provide the Perez family with a kitchen table with chairs, curtains, rugs, dishes, pots and pans, bedding, and he coordinated getting their house painted! Ben also took cash donations and used the proceeds to purchase an assortment of therapeutic products for the young boy with developmental disorders that the family simply could not have afforded otherwise. Great job Ben, you make us very proud!

 




The NobleTeens closed out the 2013 school year in true Noble fashion! The Tallwood NobleTeens hosted their 4th annual "Friendable Prom" for local special needs adults who are involved with the Mary F. Buckley Foundation and the Beacon House. This is a prom for some wonderful folks who probably never got to enjoy a prom before and the best part???? It is hosted 100% by NobleTeens! Over 300 special needs adults attended this year and it was one awesome party with dancing all night and a catered meal from Pollards Chicken!
The Salem NobleTeens closed the year out by hosting a roller skating party for local special needs kids. They arranged to have a private skating event at the Haygood skating rink and invited children from St. Mary's Home for Disabled Children, children involved with Team Hoyt and a number of other organizations. Over 50 kids showed up for the skating party and it was AWESOME! Nobleteens pushed kids in wheelchairs and assisted others on skates and it was a truly magical day.
Great job NobleTeens!
 
 The Noblemen have been longtime supporters of a local organization called "Recovery for Life" whose mission is to help people overcome substance abuse addiction. It is a wonderful organization that helps change and save the lives of local people. The Noblemen were proud to present Recovery for Life with a
$500 check!

 

Every year The Noblemen support a wonderful program in Virginia Beach called the "City Wide All Night Grad". The program hosts all night graduation celebrations in eleven Virginia Beach Public High Schools. The purpose of the program is to provide safe, alcohol and drug free celebrations for graduating seniors. The seniors spend the whole night at their high school and have a great and safe time celebrating their graduation. The Noblemen were honored to present the "City Wide All Night Grad" program with $1100 this year!
 
 
 

The Noblemen were introduced to a local family whose son, Aden was recently born with a serious heart defect. The Lofgren family was referred to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for Aden to have open heart surgery. The Lofgren's did not know how they would pay for the expenses to temporarily relocate to Philadelphia for Aden's surgery. The Noblemen were very happy to give $1000 to support the Lofgren's and we are very pleased that the surgery went well and Aden is recovering!
 


 

A very close friend of The Noblemen has a daughter who has contracted a very serious case of Lupus. The disease has caused the daughter to have to bouts with Meningitis, required her to have Chemotherapy and various steroid treatments and has required multiple hospitalizations. This young girl has gone from a promising pre-med student to someone living with pain that requires Morphine to provide a daily quality of life. The mother has had to quit her job to focus on getting her daughter well and is looking forward to taking her to the Diamond Clinic in Chicago this summer. The Noblemen have committed $5000 to the family to help pay for several medical expenses and to assist with the expense of traveling to Chicago this summer. We wish them all the best in overcoming these obstacles.
 


MAY AND JUNE WERE EXCEPTIONAL MONTHS IN PHILANTHROPY FOR THE NOBLEMEN! THANKS SO MUCH FOR CHECKING IN ON THIS EDITION OF OUR PHILANTHROPY BLOG! DON'T FORGET TO CHECK BACK NEXT MONTH TO READ MORE ABOUT HOW THE NOBLEMEN, NOBLEWOMEN AND NOBLETEENS ARE CHANGING LIVES BY HELPING KIDS RIGHT HERE IN HAMPTON ROADS!!!


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