June – November 2016
We are looking forward to a day on the water with the veterans at this year’s Hearts for Heroes Fishing Trip on June 3, 2016. For more information or to register for this year’s fishing trip, contact Amy Winstead, Special Events and Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com.
PLEASE NOTE: The all day boat is full and we cannot take any more registrations for this boat. If you would like to be placed on the wait list, call Chrystal Lewis at 757-363-1884 x308.
Last year’s Hearts for Heroes Fishing Trip was huge success with 113 veterans and guests and nearly 70 volunteers in attendance.
Here is a look into the 2015 event. H4H-Fishing-VABeach
Email both pages of the application below to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 757-363-1884×308 attn. Amy. You can also mail the completed application to our office at 1465 Lakeside Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23455.
Fishing will be provided by Rudee Inlet Charters. For fishing information out of Rudee Inlet, check out www.rudeeinletcharters.com.
There will be a picnic lunch at the inlet from 11:30am-1:00pm. Reservations are required and will be made on a first come, first served basis.
[Please Note: For the purposes of this trip, a wounded veteran is someone who was injured while serving in the line of duty.]
This event has such a meaningful purpose. Here’s a sample of what it means to our participants.
“I want to thank you and all the sponsors for a great day. I went on the trip year before last and had a great time and looked forward to going this year. I was unable to participate last year. I am a Vietnam era veteran and can remember those returning from Vietnam were told not to wear your uniform when you returned to California because we would be spit on and harassed by the protesters. It was heartwarming to be received as we were yesterday and be treated the way we were. Again I thank all those who had a part in making this a great day for me and the others like me. With my disabilities there are many things I can no longer do. But this Hearts for Hero’s, I look forward too and really have a good time with all who are involved. Thanks for what you do.” Harry Slaughter
Thank you to our sponsors for making it all possible.
We are proud to be a part of the memories created between military fathers and their daughters and invite you and your daughters to join us at the beautiful Westin Hotel in Town Center, Virginia Beach again this year for a MASQUERADE BALL“. The date is set for July 1st. This year’s theme promises surprises and intrigue for all in attendance and includes dinner, dancing and fabulous prizes. This event is for military dads only and daughters ages 3-18.
Dress for the event is formal so that means dress uniform (summer) for the dad and a gown or fancy dress for the girls.This year, masks are included in the dress to support the Masquerade Ball theme.
Thank you to all of the fathers, daughters, volunteers, sponsors and staff who made this beautiful event one that impacts the local military community in such a positive way.
We would like to thank our sponsors for not only making this event possible, but for making it better each year. We look forward to seeing all of you again this year.
*Due to rising cost of event expenses, we had to raise ticket prices by $5.00 from what was previously posted for E-6 and above. However, we have a wonderful evening planned for our guests with a sit down dinner and amazing prizes. And as always, parking at the Westin Town Center is free.
Hampton Roads, start your engines! We invite you to join us for a Poker Run on our nation’s Independence Day.
Hosted by the Armed Forces Motorcycle Club of Virginia. We’ll start at their clubhouse at 9:00 am (1170 Lance Rd. in Norfolk) with free Starbuck’s coffee to get you going. Here you will register for the day and draw your first card. Kickstands up at 11:00. If you like, you can register in advance right now. Just $15 gets you the ride, and a plate of BBQ! Can you think of a better way to spend the day?
We will have some fun stops along way and end with some delicious BBQ, good music and final card draw. We’ll even wrap it up by 6:00 pm so you won’t miss the fireworks.
You can even buy a ticket for a chance at a Harley Davidson Engine. All proceeds benefit the Armed Services YMCA and stay right here in Hampton Roads where we serve all five branches of our military.
16th Annual 8K Mud Run
Race Expo: August 5th at The Westin Hotel, Town Center 12-7pm
Race Day: Saturday, August 6th at JEB Little Creek base 8am-1pm,
Do you have what it takes to conquer the most challenging 8K on the East Coast? The 16th Annual Armed Services YMCA Mud Run registration is open now! Includes a One Mile Mini Mud for children ages 5-12. Complete details can be found on the Mud Run website.
Do you know an outstanding military family who is always there to offer a helping hand to others? A family who volunteers in their community or within their command. We want to celebrate them at our Annual Five Star Military Family Recognition Luncheon in November. Each year we select a family from each branch of the military who best represents their branch by serving others.
The family can be nominated by their command, by business, civic leagues or non profit organizations. The nominees are are vetted through a selection committee comprised of representatives from our Major Community Partners.The winning families are then honored at the luncheon.
We need your help in finding these special people in our community. To nominate an outstanding military family just click here and tell us all about them.
Selection Criteria: Active duty E-6 or below and with a minimum of 1 year of service, Family must exemplify integrity and the core values of their branch of service, Nominated family should have a record of community service and be available to attend the ceremony on November 6th at the Westin Town Center in Virginia Beach.
Nomination packages must be received no later than October 10th, 2016.
If you would like to sponsor a table at the five star luncheon, please click here.
The Armed Services YMCA of Hampton Roads has an extensive Thanksgiving Assistance program that provides a turkey and all of the fixings for military families in need. The program relies heavily on food drives and monetary donations from the community to provide this outreach each year. Thanks to donations from Serco, Seven-Eleven, Ovation Brands, Navy Federal Credit Union, Geico, Bradley Morris and local military commands, we were able to provide a full Thanksgiving meal to 2000 military service members and their families in 2015.
Annually, we receive over 1000 requests for assistance. Requests are generated by military commands and forwarded to our office. If you are looking for assistance, please contact your senior enlisted command representative. Referrals will be handled by our Fleet Readiness Director Jamie Brown.
Our goal for 2015 is to raise $15,000 in cash donations from the community and 1000 each of specific food items. If you have a group or business that would like to partner with us by holding a food drive for 2015, please contact our Donor Relations Director Chrystal Lewis for specific instructions. Posters and boxes are available upon request.
If you or your group would like to volunteer to organize and distribute meals, please contact Amy Winstead
For more details, read our Holiday Assistance Guidelines.
Be Involved with Hampton Roads, VA ASYMCA
The Armed Services Y provides free or low-cost youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility programs for junior enlisted military & their families to make military life easier.
Click the links to learn more about how you can be involved:
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