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Philanthropy Blog - Third Quarter 2014

01 Oct 2014 11:30 AM | Pete Hansen (Administrator)



The Noblemen hosted a very successful motorcycle ride fundraiser in June called "IRide for Ipads" which benefited local autistic children. Over 150 riders and motorcycles participated in the event and there were enough funds raised to purchase ten new IPads for EMG Consulting, a local company that "provides quality programming, consultation, training and supervision to those who work with, live with and are diagnosed with autism and other developmental delays." The staff of EMG could not have been any more grateful to receive the IPads and are excited to use them in their daily work with local autistic children. A special thanks goes out to Scott Buchwald and Kimi Jean for spearheading the coordination and success of this awesome event!



 
The presentation of the IPads!

 


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We were contacted over the summer by a local elementary school principal that one of the upcoming fifth graders in her school had been battling an infection in her nose that had spread to her brain. Doctors were optimistic at that they would be able to treat the infection however it was a very serious situation. She spent several weeks at the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters and underwent surgery to treat the infection. She then had to spend several weeks at home and required constant care from her mother. The mother is a single parent and had to spend a considerable amount of time away form her job in order to care for her daughter. As a result she was having great difficulty paying her rent and affording food. The Noblemen were delighted to step in and make a $1000 donation to help the family through this difficult time!

 
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In June The Noblemen received a call from a local man who had several wheelchairs that he was looking to donate. His son has cerebral palsy, is wheelchair bound and had several wheelchairs that he had outgrown. The Noblemen are very close with many different local organizations who work with children who have special needs and we were quickly able to find all of the chairs new homes and owners!
 
Bella, one of the wheelchair recipients
 
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The Noblemen now offer scholarships annually to The NobleTeens to attend the Operation Smile "International Student Leadership Conference" which is held in a different part of the world every year. The week long conference draws students from around the world and exposes them to global non-profit leaders, workshops, team building training and the priceless opportunity to travel to a new place and culture. This past year the leadership conference was held in Limerick, Ireland. Alliyah Fabijan was the lucky the NobleTeen to make the trip to the conference this year and reported back that it was truly a life changing experience! The Noblemen are also awfully proud of Reggie Land for attending the conference. Reggie was one of The NobleTeens students who received the scholarship in 2013. The conference had such a big impact on him that he raised all the funds he needed to attend the conference again this year!

 
Reggie Land and Alliyah Fabijan in Ireland
 
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Every year The Noblemen host two "Kids Fishing Trips". One is held in Virginia Beach and the other is held in Hampton. The Virginia Beach fishing trip was held in August and included local children who were enrolled in local YMCA summer camps. The Peninsula fishing trip took place in September and included teenagers who attend "An Achievable Dream" academy in Newport News. These fishing trips are super fun events for the kids and offer them an experience that they will not soon forget. The motto of the the fishing trips is always "every kid catches a fish" and The Noblemen made sure to deliver on this promise! A special thanks goes out to Capt. Randy Bregman for coordinating the Virginia Beach trip, Priority Auto group for sponsoring the Virginia Beach trip, Bubba Hutchison and The Peninsula Noblemen for coordinating the Peninsula trip and the captain and crew of the "Sally T!"
 

 
Randy Bregman helps a new fisherman reel in a whopper!
 
 

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The Noblemen have been long time supporters of "Surfers Healing" in Virginia Beach. Surfers Healing is a group that takes children with special needs surfing and provides them with a unique and magical therapeutic experience. The 2014 Surfers Healing Camp Virginia Beach camp was a two day camp that took out over 400 children with autism. The Noblemen were honored to be a $2000 sponsor of this year's camp!

 
Scott Cohen and Katie White shred a wave at the 2014 Surfers Healing Virginia Beach camp.
Cowabunga!


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The Noblemen received a request in July from a local family whose daughter suffers from a very rare medical disorder. The father is a veteran of the war in Iraq and is battling severe PTSD. The family just had an accident with their vehicle and were struggling to keep everything together and make ends meet. The daughter was scheduled for treatment at the University of Virginia Hospital and the family did not have enough money to pay for gas to travel to Charlottesville and back. The Noblemen were pleased to accommodate this request and provided the family with $200 worth of gas cards to get them there and back again!
 
   
 
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For many years The Noblemen have had a very close relationship with Oceana Naval Air Station. The Navy allows us to invite special needs children and their families as well as the Navy's EFM (Exceptional Family Members) to a private chalet each year to enjoy VIP access at the Oceana Air Show. We had over 300 people attend this year and it was a truly wonderful (and simply beautiful) day. Everyone was treated to lunch and snacks throughout the day and all of the airshow pilots stopped by our tent to hang out with the kids... including the Blue Angels themselves! Everyone had an absolute blast and we can't wait for next year! A special thanks to Dr. Michael Charles for doing the heavy lifting and coordinating of this awesome event every year!

 
   

 
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The Noblemen have been honored to be a part of the "Virginia Beach Fallen Heroes" event for the past four years. A bunch of local citizens and businesses put together this fundraiser after many Navy Seals perished in Afghanistan in the Extortion 17 helicopter crash. The funds from this event go to The Navy Seal Foundation, The Navy Seal Museum and The Noblemen. The event was held in September this year and was a huge success, raising over $65,000. The Noblemen handled a large portion of the volunteer effort and also handled all of the finances for the event and are proud to help give back to the families of these fine warriors who made the ultimate sacrifice in honor of our country!
 
 
The Virginia Beach Fallen Heroes Committee present the
Noblemen with a donation at the 2014 Oktoberfest Party.

 
 
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Over the summer The Noblemen met a young man named Jordan Cuffee. Jordan's mother, Tanya was on a mission to get an "adaptive bicycle" designed specifically for children with special needs and physical limitations. Together with Jordan and Tonya and another great non-profit organization called Preston's March for Energy, The Noblemen were able to raise enough funds to provide adaptive bikes to five great local kids with special needs! We had an amazing time presenting the bikes to these wonderful kids in September!
 

Jordan and his new bike!

 



THE THIRD QUARTER OF 2014 HAS BEEN EXCEPTIONAL FOR THE NOBLEMEN! THANKS SO MUCH FOR CHECKING IN ON THIS EDITION
OF OUR PHILANTHROPY BLOG! DON'T FORGET TO CHECK BACK NEXT QUARTER AND READ MORE ABOUT HOW THE NOBLEMEN, NOBLEWOMEN AND NOBLETEENS ARE CHANGING LIVES BY HELPING KIDS RIGHT HERE
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