Philanthropy Blog

  • 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.
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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
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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!

     



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  • 01 Jul 2014 1:53 PM | Pete Hansen (Administrator)


       
    One of the most wonderful annual projects or rather "Noble Deeds" that perform every year is our Dictionary Project. We deliver, in person, brand new Scholastic Elementary School Dictionaries to every third grader in Virginia Beach Title I Public Schools. The Noblemen and NobleWomen go into each classroom and talk to the children about what it is to be Noble and why it makes us feel good to do a Noble Deed for them. Before the students recieve their brand new dictionary they must enter into a "contract" with The Noblemen. They must agree to pass the dictionary along to another child when they no longer need it. We visited over 1300 local third graders this year and left them with big smiles and brand new dictionaries.

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    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 have been long time supporters of the "International Little League Challenger World Jamboree", a baseball tournament help every year in Norfolk just for children with Special Needs. Teams come from around the country to participate in this awesome event. Each child who participates gets a jersey and team photographs which are taken by a professional photographer. This year the photographer and the funding for the photographer fell through. The Noblemen were delighted to provide a $2500 check to cover the cost of a new photographer and to have pictures mailed to all of the participants!
     
     

     
     The Noblemen are always looking for ways to help out great local kids who have special needs. This year we were contacted by a Mother of a child with Cerebral Palsy who told us that a big group of local kids were going to the Cerebral Palsy of Virginia Prom but they did not have any good transportation that would allow them to travel together to the big event. The Noblemen were happy to fund a giant pink stretch Hummer limousine so these kids could ride in style to a night they will not soon forget!
     
     

     
    One of the strengths of The Noblemen organization is that we are able to make quick decisions to help families who request assistance from us. We are also able to provide support to folks who feel they do not have any where else to turn. We received a call from a Mother who had been staying in a homeless shelter with her two children. She was starting a new job that week and was very focused on getting in an apartment and getting things back on track for her family. There were two nights where she did not know where they would stay and she turned to the Noblemen for help. We were able to put them up in a local hotel for both nights!
     
     

     
    For as long as The Noblemen have been in business we have been great supporters of Edmarc Hospice for Children in Norfolk. Edmarc contacted us recently about a seven year old who has suffered a severe hypoxic brain injury. Edmarc wanted to know if The Noblemen would sponsor season passes to Ocean Breeze Water Park for the boy, his brother and his sister. The Noblemen could not have been happier to grant this request and hope these great local kids have a wonderful summer that brings some extra smiles!

     


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  • 31 Mar 2014 1:41 PM | Pete Hansen (Administrator)
     

     
    One of the most wonderful and rewarding "Noble Deeds" that The Noblemen perform every year is out annual "Dictionary Project". Each year The Noblemen purchase Scholastic Dictionaries for all of the third graders in Title I Virginia Beach Public schools and deliver the books to each class in person. We give a presentation to each class and explain why we are Noble and why it makes us feel good to do a Noble Deed
    for the children. Each child must then enter into a "contract" with The Noblemen in order to qualify for their new dictionary. Inside the front cover of each book is a sticker that has our contract on it and it reads like this, "This dictionary is provided as a gift for a great Virginia Beach kid. Please pass it along to another when you no longer need it." Each student promises that when they get older and need a more advanced dictionary that they will pass their Scholastic dictionary along to another child who can use it. Every year we receive calls from parents who want us to know that their child came home with a new dictionary that was given to them by another student. It is an exceptional project that truly allows us to teach children about philanthropy!

     

       
     
    One of The Noblemen's newest Community Partners, Jim Ray, owner of Coastal Medical was able to do a very Noble Deed for a local family with the help of our membership. Jim's daughter had a friend at school whose family was recently evicted from their home. As a result of their eviction they essentially lost all of their possessions and they did not know where to turn or what to do. Jim paid for a security deposit for the family to move into an apartment and asked The Noblemen if our members might be able to make donations to help the family. Here is a letter that Jim shared with us:

    "This letter is being delivered on the behalf of the Brown family to Thank Jim Ray and The Noblemen for all the support and help they provided our family when we were in such a desperate time of need. An unfortunate turn of events took place and we literally lost everything but the clothes on our backs. Not sure what to do nor where to turn next, my son Paul Jr, introduces me to Jim Ray. Paul is friends with Jim's daughter and he says daddy I know a guy that I can talk to whom I believe can help us out of our situation. I resisted the offer several times until I came to the realization that I had nowhere else to turn. So we drive to Jim's house and I introduce myself to Jim's family and then we went and talked in private. Now where I come from people don't meet folks off the street and help them within minutes. Jim went above and beyond and in every way to do what he could to provide assistance to me and my family and he did not rest until we were fully furnished and back on our feet. So on behalf of me Paul, my wife Calteisha, my daughters Shaneijah and Brianna, and my sons Paul Jr and Kalon. We want to say thank you Jim and the Noblemen!! We were blessed by you and we will NEVER forget it!"

    The Noblemen were able to help the Brown family more than furnish their new apartment and with Jim's help they fully back on their feet and doing very well. Another Noble Deed well done!

     










       


    THE FIRST 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 MONTH TO READ MORE ABOUT HOW THE NOBLEMEN, NOBLEWOMEN AND NOBLETEENS ARE CHANGING LIVES BY HELPING KIDS RIGHT HERE IN HAMPTON ROADS!!!

  • 15 Jan 2014 3:09 PM | Pete Hansen (Administrator)
     


    The 2013 holiday season was a huge success for The Noblemen organization! We had another epic toy drive that provided gifts to over 3000 local children in need! The Noblemen also held our annual trolley ride where we delivered Christmas to local families who have a terminally ill child.

    Thank you to all of the amazing volunteers and friends who came out to support us during the holidays!


    Toy Drive 2013
    CLICK HERE TO SEE THE 2013 TOY DRIVE VIDEO!


    Toy Drive 2013
    CLICK HERE TO SEE THE 2013 TOY DRIVE PHOTO GALLERY!


    2013 Trolley Ride
    CLICK HERE TO SEE THE 2013 TROLLEY RIDE PHOTO GALLERY!

  • 30 Nov 2013 5:39 PM | Pete Hansen (Administrator)
     

     
     
    The Noblemen were able to help a young boy battling a very rare disorder. Zeke Caalim suffers from a very rare condition called Eosinophilic Esophagitis. Zeke, who is now three years old is allergic to almost every single type of food. Because he cannot eat anything he is forced to take a nutritional supplement several times daily. The supplement costs his family over $2500 a month after insurance. Zeke's condition also causes him to break out in severe rashes. He and his family make regular trips to and from John's Hopkins University so that he can undergo various tests and treatments. The Noblemen were delighted to help ease some of the family's burden by writing them a check for $2500 to help with medical expenses. Click here to see a story that aired on channel 3 news about Zeke.

       
     Sierra Gleason is a 7 year old girl who is deaf. She was born prematurely and suffered severe hearing loss as a result. Sierra has surgically implanted hearing devices called Cochlear Implants which are able to provide some sense of sound to patients who are profoundly deaf. Sierra was recently accepted into the St. Joseph School for the Deaf in Missouri but her family does not have enough money to relocate and move. The Noblemen were honored to step in and provide the Gleason family with $3000 so that they could move. Good luck Sierra!
     
       
     The Noblemen have been long time supporters of Young Life Capernaum of Hampton Roads, a local organization that works with middle and high school aged kids who have disabilities. The Noblemen gifted our friends at Young Life Capernaum with $1000 to help fund their annual "Stroll and Roll" fundraising campaign!
     
       
      The Noblemen are often introduced to families who are enduring trying times. This was the case with a local woman we met who was in a shelter with her three children after experiencing a horrible domestic violence situation. One of her children is autistic and another suffers from scoliosis and recently went through fusion surgery. The family was struggling to get back on their feet and get out of the shelter. The Noblemen were able to provide $1000 in assistance to help pay for some of the children's ongoing medical bills.
     
       
     The Peninsula Noblemen have started an annual tradition of taking great local kids from "An Achievable Dream Academy" out for a "Kid's Fishing Tournament". The group headed out on the "Sally T" and had a great day of fishing that the kids and their new Noble friends will not soon forget. Everybody caught a fish! Great job Peninsula Noblemen!
     
       
     One of the most wonderful stories of the year happened for us recently. The Noblemen have been longtime supporters and friends of "Team Hoyt VB" and met a wonderful little girl named Ainsley Rossiter rides in races (in a special racing wheelchair) while her twelve year old sister Briley. Briley has recently written an animated children's book called "Born an Angel" about her experience having a sister with special needs and what it is like to push Ainsley in running races. The book has been nationally published and Briley's goal and dream is to have a copy of the book in every elementary school in the United States. As with any dream one must take the first step. The Noblemen wanted to help Ainsley get a copy of the book into every elementary school in Hampton Roads. With the help of Pete Reuss, a longtime Noblemen member we were able to acquire a grant from Scott and Stringfellow and BB&T as part of their annual "Lighthouse Project". We could not be any more proud to have played a role in helping Briley and Ainsley take the first step towards their dream. You can purchase your copy of "Born an Angel" today by clicking here!
     
       

    SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER 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!!!


























  • 04 Sep 2013 12:42 PM | Pete Hansen (Administrator)
     


     
    One of the Noblemen members, Josh Rubin took advantage of an opportunity to be a hero and did a very Noble Deed for a local girl with cerebral palsy. The Noblemen were contacted by Cerebral Palsy of Virginia and were informed that the young lady was in a bind. The floor of her bathroom had a very large rotten space in the middle of it and she could no longer access the bathroom in her wheelchair. The family did not have the necessary resources available to fix the floor and were resorting to giving the young lady sponge baths as she could no longer get to the bath tub. The Noblemen discussed the problem at our local membership meeting and as soon as the conversation began Josh stepped up and siad he had a flooring business and would be delighted to fix the floor free of charge. Josh and his crew inspected the bathroom and decided to do much more than just fix the floor. Josh did a complete remodel of the bathroom worth over $14,000. The family was amazed and extremely grateful to have someone do such a benevolent act for them. Big thanks to Josh Rubin for being such a Noble-man!

     


     
     
     Every year the Noblemen provide support at a very cool event called the "Allen Stone Braveheart Run Swim Run". The event takes place at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront and includes the opportunity for people with special needs to participate as well. The Noblemen help to make that opportunity a reality! The Noblemen provided over 40 volunteers on the morning of the race to help with a number of tasks. We helped assemble racing wheelchairs, inflate rafts (so special needs kids could be pulled through the swim portion of the race), helped kids onto and off of the rafts, and helped disassemble the the wheelchairs and deflate the rafts after the race. Thank you so much to all of the volunteers who came out and supported this event and special thanks to Paul Thatcher for coordinating the volunteers!
     
     
     
     The Noblemen have been longtime supporters of Edmarc Hospice for Children. Edmarc contacted us this summer and asked if we could fund tickets for several children to visit the Virginia Aquarium and Ocean Breeze Water Park. It was our great pleasure to fulfill these requests!
     
       

     
       
       
       
       
       
       


    JULY AND AUGUST 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!!!




  • 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!!!


  • 30 Apr 2013 1:20 PM | Pete Hansen (Administrator)
      

     



    With heavy hearts, The Noblemen performed a Noble Deed early this year for a local family who are very much a part of our family. One of our most valued partners in The Noblemen Toy Drive lost his wife in a tragic incident. The family was not prepared for this loss in a number of ways and covering the cost of a funeral was an immediate need. The Noblemen stepped in and helped pay for the funeral costs and funds for the family to throw a birthday party for one of the three young sons that were left behind.  





     
     





    The Noblemen are long time fans and supporters of Team Hoyt and everything that they do. We were delighted to make a donation to support Bean Doebler who participated in his 6th annual Cerebral Palsy Fun Walk at Mount Trashmore. Bean was pushed in a running stroller by his Dad and brother in the 5k race and he walked in the one mile race using his walker! GREAT JOB BEAN! The Noblemen are very proud of you!
     
     

    In March The Noblemen got tangled up with a wonderful fundraiser for a very special young girl named Emily. Emily is battling a very aggressive form of Leukemia and will have to be hospitalized for the entire duration of her treatment. The Noblemen were honored to be able to help out with a fundraiser for Emily at AJ Gator's on Sandbridge Road. The Noblemen supplied volunteers, lot's of Noblemen turned out to support the event and we were able to help the event finances. Good luck Emily, The Noblemen have your back!


     




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  • 01 Feb 2013 11:55 AM | Pete Hansen (Administrator)


     
    The Noblemen welcomed the New Year by performing a very Noble Deed for a great local family! We leaned about a mother and her children who were living in a local homeless shelter after being abandoned by the father. The mother was doing everything in her power to keep the family together and transition into being the only breadwinner and providing for her children. She was/is holding down a steady job and was getting ready to move her family out of the shelter and into an apartment. There was one obstacle in the way and that was having reliable and consistent transportation to and from work. She was very concerned that if she could not obtain a vehicle that she would be in jeopardy of losing her job and her ability to provide for her children. The Brake King of Newport News, a valued Community Partner of The Noblemen, was able to provide a great minivan at a very low cost which The Noblemen purchased and gifted to the family. The family was extremely grateful for this wonderful gift and we are happy to report that they are doing very well with their new car and new apartment!

       
    Every year The Noblemen support a wonderful local program called RAPS. or "Really Awesome People Swimming". The purpose of RAPS is to provide swim lessons to as many needy children as possible in order to keep them safe in and around the water, which in turn will help lower the drowning rate of these children. This includes teaching swimming, safety skills, and swimmer's confidence to those who participate in the RAPS program free of charge. It is also the mission of RAPS to educate the general public as the high rate of drowning among minorities and make the change where no child is left out of learning to swim due to race, economic levels, or lack of pool facilities. The Noblemen were delighted to give $2000 to this wonderful program that saves the lives of local kids!
     
       



    The Noblemen are sponsoring five children to attend "Mikey's Camp" this summer. Mikey's Camp is designed to help children who have lost a sibling navigate through the grieving process. The Camp provides a supportive environment where children/teens can explore the normal process of grief, and where their self-expression is heard, valued, and honored. The camp is staffed by professional grief facilitators and trained volunteers. This is a wonderful camp that truly makes a positive impact on local children who are facing some very tough times.



     
       
    Angela West, a longtime friend of The Noblemen, is competing for the title of Miss Wheelchair Virginia. Each year a female wheelchair user is selected as "titleholder" through a weekend of educational workshops, judging interviews, platform speech and onstage interview questions. The titleholder spends the next year representing the organization and Virginians with disabilities, as well as ALL people as a role model of courage and hope. The wonderful women who compete for the title bring a positive, heartwarming and inspiring attitude toward life and show what can be done when faced with life's obstacles. The Noblemen have committed to paying any fees that arise during Angela's quest in being crowned the next Miss Wheelchair Virginia. Good luck Angela, we love you!


     



    JANUARY WAS ANOTHER AWESOME MONTH IN PHILANTHROPY FOR THE NOBLEMEN! THANKS SO MUCH FOR CHECKING IN ON THIS MONTH'S 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!!!







  • 31 Dec 2012 11:24 PM | Pete Hansen (Administrator)


    December is truly a magical month for the Noblemen. We touch the lives of thousands of local families in Hampton Roads through our annual Toy Drive and our Trolley Ride.

    The Noblemen Toy Drive provides gifts to over 3000 less fortunate children in Hampton Roads. We place our Noblemen Toy boxes in hundreds of local businesses and collect thousands and thousands of new and unwrapped gifts. We then partner with numerous local organizations and non-profits who connect us with local children who truly need help at Christmas and we make sure they have one great holiday! The best part of our toy drive? We set up large gifting events to present the toys to their new owners and it is the children of The Noblemen and NobleWomen who give the toys away. Check out our video (below) to see some of the holiday bliss that we created this year!



     
     

    The original "Noble Deed" that was performed by The Noblemen (known as the "Robin Hoods of Virginia Beach" at the time) was our Trolley Ride. The Noblemen raised $5000 in 1995 and after reading a newspaper article our founder and CEO, Al Midgett decided to use that money to provide Christmas to local families who had a child in hospice care through Edmarc Hospice for Children. The Trolley Ride is now our longest running annual event and we continue to spread holiday joy to families who have a child who is facing their last Christmas. It is a wonderful evening that is filled with a lot of different emotions. The families that we visit are always touched by the fact that there is a big group of people who just want to come to their home and share some love with their family during difficult times. It is us who receive the greatest gift of all though. All of our lives are changed as a result of this wonderful evening. Check out come pictures below.

     
    DECEMBER WAS ANOTHER AWESOME MONTH IN PHILANTHROPY FOR THE NOBLEMEN! THANKS SO MUCH FOR CHECKING IN ON THIS MONTH'S 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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