Thursday, December 19, 2013
The Foundation funds its projects through fundraising activities, tax-deductible donations and membership dues.
Capital Improvement Projects Funded by the Foundation:
- ADA-Approved Wheelchair Ramp at the Princess Anne Recreation Center pool valued at $10,000
- Kempsville Preschool Playground at Kempsville Recreation Center to support the preschool program valued at $20,000
- Bench and Tree Buddies Program: 77 benches values at $46,123 have been installed and 72 trees valued at $21,528 have been planted throughout the park system
Programs Funded by the Foundation:
- Scholarships for low-income youth to take swim lessons, attend summer camp, participate in after-school programs, and obtain recreation center memberships
- Specialized beach wheelchairs for the Therapeutic Recreation programs
- Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) placed at Great Neck Park, the Lynnhaven Boat Ramp & Beach Facility, and Woodstock Park
- Portable sound system and rolling scoreboards for the Red Wing Lake Golf Course
- Stair Climber at Kempsville Recreation Center
- Computers for Early Childhood Development
- Waterway access environmental and water safety signage
- Transportation for the Seatack Youth Empowerment Program
Fund Raising Activities:
- Golf Tournament – Each Fall for the past 8 years, the Foundation has hosted a golf tournament at Red Wing Lake Golf Course. To date, over $65,000 has been raised and used to fund ongoing programs.
- Recycling – The Foundation has established drop off points at five Virginia Beach Recreation Centers to collect and recycle cell phones, ink cartridges and laser cartridges. As of May 2011, over 1,300 cell phones and 3,400 ink and laser cartridges have been recycled with a return of $3,150 and counting to the Foundation.
Community Initiated Fundraisers
Some of our most successful projects have been initiated from members of the community. If you have an idea let us know by contacting the Foundation at
- Chipotle Restaurant Fundraiser – To celebrate the opening of their new location at Lynnhaven Mall, Chipotle Restaurant sponsored a fundraising night for the Foundation. 100% of the evening's proceeds went to the Foundation. $1,750 was raised in just a three hour period and everyone enjoyed a yummy dinner.
- Pleasure House Point – A partnership between the Trust for Public Land, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the City of Virginia Beach and the local community was developed to protect the largest undeveloped parcel of land on the Lynnhaven River from being converted to high density development.
- Waterway Signage – Signage was funded in partnership with Patagonia, Lynnhaven River NOW, Wild River Outfitters and Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation. These signs are posted at waterway access points to orient paddlers to the surroundings and to stress environmental stewardship and the use of proper safety gear and practices.
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