The Noblemen had a busy second quarter of 2015 as we continued our mission of "Helping Kids. And Changing Lives" right here in our local community! Here are some of the projects and Noble Deeds that have been keeping us busy!
The Noblemen were delighted to help a young student at a local elementary school this summer. The school’s principal contacted us to ask if we could fund a summer program for a young boy named Quincy. When Quincy entered kindergarten this past Fall he had virtually no social skills and was well behind the educational curve. His teachers worked very hard over the past school year to make sure that he was prepared for first grade both academically and socially. Quincy had a great year and made great strides in kindergarten.
Quincy is currently being raised by his great aunt. She has been awarded full custody of him, since his mother was not able to provide a safe and stable home for him. His Aunt is doing a great job providing for him and maintaining a loving home however she works full time and could not afford to put Quincy in day care this summer.
The Noblemen stepped up and paid for Quincy to attend a program through Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation. Here is a note we received from Quincy’s principal…
“This summer has been wonderful for Quincy! I have had a volunteer come and read with him each day. As you can see we have been working on writing too! (see the picture of Quincy’s letter below) You have no idea what a difference you all have made in this child’s life. If you had not paid for him to come to Parks and Rec each day I simply do not know what Quincy would have done this summer or where he would have gone each day. A child with no Mom and Dad does not need that! Because of you he is ready for the first grade. Thank you!
Good stuff and good luck in first grade Quincy!
(This is a copy of a letter we recieved from Quincy that say, "Thank you Noblemen for making my summer fun!")
The Tallwood NobleTeens hosted on of the most wonderful Noble events of the year in May with their annual “Friendable Prom”. The Friendable Prom is put on for adults with special needs and provides them with a wonderful night out! The teens really go above and beyond with this event and it is simply magical for the guests who attend. Every guest enters on a red carpet that is lined with applauding teenagers. They are then treated to an amazing evening of dancing complete with a huge buffet dinner. This event is put on in its entirety by the Tallwood NobleTeens and they truly do an outstanding job. You can see that all of the guests are having the night of their lives. Well done once again Tallwood NobleTeens!
|(The Tallwood Nobleteens "Friendable Prom" volunteer crew)
|| (Happy prom guests!)
Over the summer the mother of a young girl who is suffering from a medulloblastoma brain tumor contacted The Noblemen. The young girl had just finished 14 months of chemotherapy and 7 months of proton radiation at the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters. The mother was hoping to find a way to fund something for the young girl and her sister to do over the summer that would help take their minds off of cancer and inject some fun. The Noblemen purchased season passes and meal cards to Ocean Breeze Water Park for the whole family so that they could all enjoy some fun in the sun together over the summer!
(Fun at Ocean Breeze Water Park!)
A group of Noblemen who are motorcycle enthusiasts put on a ride at the end of May and called it “iRide to Change Lives”. This goal of the motorcycle ride was to raise funds to purchase adaptive bikes for local kids who have special needs. These bicycles are custom made to help these children be able to ride and they are a life-changing gift! The ride was a huge success and raised over $15,000!
The riders started the day at Cotton Southern Bistro, rode to Pearls Bay Villa on Knotts Island and then back to the Eagles’ Nest in Virginia Beach for the after party. Everyone at the after party was treated to a touching surprise when a local girl was presented with an adaptive bike. She was able to ride a bicycle for the first time in her life and was cruising through the Eagles’ Nest in no time!
These bikes allow children with special needs to participate in an activity that most of us take for granted and gives them the opportunity to hang out with other children in their neighborhood. The Noblemen are excited to host a special event this Fall where the rest of the adaptive bikes that were purchased with the “iRide to Change Lives” proceeds will be presented to their new owners. Great job Noble-motorcyclists!
|(The proud owner of a brand new adaptive bike!)
|| (The "iRide to Change Lives" crew)
The Noblemen had an awesome time treating the Tallwood High School special needs class to an end of the school year field trip! We joined the Tallwood group for a morning of fun and miniature golf at “Jungle Golf” and then headed over to Doc Taylor’s for a great lunch afterwards. Big fun was had by all!
(Good times at Jungle Golf!)
The Noblemen have been long time supporters of the International Little League Challenger World Jamboree, a baseball tournament that is help in Norfolk every year for children with special needs. Teams come from all around the United States and even from other countries to participate in the Challenger tournament. The tournament provides a unforgettable experience for all of the children that participate. The Noblemen play a big role in making sure that everyone is able to preserve the memories they made over the tournament weekend. The Noblemen fund a photographer to take pictures of all of the teams and then to have a team picture mailed to each one of the hundreds of children who play in the tournament!
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!
THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE WONDERFUL THINGS THE NOBLEMEN WERE DOING IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF 2015! THANKS SO MUCH FOR CHECKING IN ON THIS EDITION OF OUR PHILANTHROPY BLOG AND DON'T FORGET TO CHECK BACK NEXT QUARTER AND READ MORE ABOUT HOW THE NOBLEMEN, NOBLEWOMEN AND NOBLETEENS ARE "HELPING KIDS, AND CHANGING LIVES" RIGHT HERE IN HAMPTON ROADS!!!