The 5th Annual Pick-A-Charity Bash is right around the corner, and we are looking forward to making this year’s bash the best in OVM Financial’s history! Charity Bash is an annual celebration hosted by OVM Financial where the guests enjoy an open bar, buffet, and entertainment at The Shack at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront in exchange for a minimum donation of $35 or more to charitable organization (must be recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization) of their choice.
When the idea for Charity Bash was formed by our owners five years ago, there was one thing they could all agree on: There are many deserving charitable organizations, and it’s hard to narrow down our support to one cause. From there, the idea to host a bash and let our guests choose which organization they’d like to contribute to was born!
If you haven’t purchased a ticket just yet, and you are looking for an organization to support, we have a few local causes in mind that would be honored to receive your Charity Bash donation. Learn more about a few of the local organizations that will join us in celebrating this year’s bash:
OVM Financial has selected the Roc Solid Foundation as our charitable organization of choice for The 5th Annual Pick-A-Charity Bash. At the end of this year’s bash, OVM Finacial will match the total amount of donations collected from this year’s charity bash and donate the matched amount to the Roc Solid Foundation. Roc Solid has also created an online donation page specific to Charity Bash. This is a great option for those who’d like to purchase their ticket online versus writing a check and dropping it off at one of our office locations.
SUDS stands for Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba. This organization trains wounded warriors for the challenging and rewarding activity of diving to help facilitate the rehabilitation process and promote their mobility. “The program is not all about diving; it’s like a catalyst. It can help former service members segue into other things, and greatly improve a veteran’s quality of life.”
The Spartyka Foundation is bridging the gaps and connecting the dots for homeless veterans, wounded warriors, and Gold Star Families by offering a full continuum of services including vet to vet programs, housing placement, career placement, recreational activities, and other essential human services.
Since 1981, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, a member of Feeding America™ and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, has been providing food for hungry people throughout Southeastern Virginia and on the Eastern Shore. In our mission to lead the effort to eliminate hunger in our community, the Foodbank has distributed over 331 million pounds of food equating to over 276 million meals throughout our 4,745 square mile service area, which includes the cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Franklin and Virginia Beach as well as the counties of Southampton, Northampton, Sussex, Isle of Wight and Accomack.
The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves, and beaches through a powerful activist network. Surfrider works to keep our beaches accessible for all to enjoy, protects our water resources and prevents pollution from reaching the ocean, protects our ocean and addresses the dangers to it today and into the future, ensures our beaches and natural shorelines don’t vanish before our eyes, and reduces the impacts of plastics in the marine environment.
When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.
Junior Achievement is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their futures, and make smart academic and economic choices.
Junior Achievement’s programs – in the core content areas of work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy – ignite the spark in young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work and life in the 21st Century.
Since 1966, Junior Achievement of Greater Hampton Roads has connected dedicated community volunteers with classrooms throughout the Tidewater area. This year, we have reached over 10,000 students in more than 400 classes, with the support of over 300 volunteers.
Our innovative programs blend technology with the expertise of local professionals, who volunteer to visit schools to inspire and prepare young people from Kindergarten through 12th Grade to succeed in a global economy.
Anjelica Hadsell was a 2014 graduate of Norview High School. She was attending Longwood University as a freshman when her life was tragically taken at the age of 18. Her friends and family have created this memorial scholarship as a way to create something positive out of a negative situation. Anjelica touched so many lives and was a leader both on and off the field. From her days of playing tee-ball to playing varsity sports for four years at Norview to club softball and field hockey at Longwood, she loved to play sports. She loved the competition and the relationships that were created.
The mission of our foundation is to assist in funding a Norview student’s college education. The recipient of the scholarship will encapsulate qualities that are characteristic of eclectic well-roundedness. It is also our mission to host fundraising events that bring the community together and send a positive message.
Virginia Beach CASA is a private, non-profit organization that recruits, trains and supervises competent volunteers dedicated to advocating for the needs of abused and neglected children currently in court proceedings. The program promotes safe, permanent homes for all children and seeks to educate the community concerning the needs of abused and neglected children.
The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team™ (WWAST) is a 501(c)(3) public charity whose mission is to inspire and educate others while enhancing the health and welfare of Wounded Warrior Amputees.
The WWAST represents some of our nation’s bravest and most determined heroes, soldiers and veterans. These men have sustained severe injuries resulting in amputation, and through extensive rehabilitation, they have become competitive athletes again, playing against able-bodied teams in exhibition games across the country.
Their armor now includes prosthetic legs and arms, along with extreme perseverance and attitude. Together they are the WOUNDED WARRIOR AMPUTEE SOFTBALL TEAM.
Shipping “Boxes of Home” to deployed US Military stationed around the world. Too many deployed service members do not receive any mail during the day to day grind of deployment. When you are away from family, friends, and the comforts of home for six months to a year, it can mean the world to get some of the comforts of the good old US of A.
The Foundation’s purpose is to support Virginia Beach GrowSmart’s initiatives through advocacy and by securing public and private sector funding. This Board leads the efforts of a newly-created non-profit organization, the Virginia Beach GrowSmart Foundation. Formed in June 2014, the purpose of the Foundation is to bolster the work of Virginia Beach GrowSmart by securing increased funding through public grants and private donations. Additionally, the Virginia Beach GrowSmart Foundation acts as an advocacy group that seeks to garner support from both the public and private sectors. The GrowSmart Foundation Board helps to ensure that increased attention and resources are devoted to early childhood education and development.
For those that are interested in donating to an organization that supports our troops, be sure to check out this post from former Marine and Senior MLO, Scott Wilson’s Relocation Resource: Coastal Virginia blog.
Formed in 1981, the Autism Society, Tidewater Virginia is a grassroots organization in the Tidewater, Virginia Region and beyond to include the Peninsula. Autism Society, Tidewater Virginia was established to help improve the lives of all affected by autism and does this by increasing public awareness, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information on treatment, education, research, and advocacy. Autism Society, Tidewater Virginia is the local affiliate of the oldest and largest autism-specific member organization, The Autism Society of America.
One girl put it this way, “I learned that I am the boss of my brain.” Girls on the Run inspires girls to take charge of their lives and define the future on their terms. It’s a place where girls learn that they can. No limits. No constraints. Only opportunities to be remarkable.
We start by helping the girls get a better understanding of who they are and what’s important to them. Then we look at the role of teams and healthy relationships. And, finally, we explore how girls can positively connect with and shape the world.
And remember, we believe that life-changing experiences can be fun too—for everyone—the girls, coaches, families and other volunteers. So don’t be surprised when you hear laughter along with self-reflection and see beaming smiles across the beautiful, confident faces of our girls.
Since 1972, Mercy Medical Angels has been helping patients with free transportation to medical care.
We offer the most cost-effective means of charitable transportation for each patient, based on the distance they need to travel, their medical requirements, the location they need to reach, and the availability of different modes of travel as related to their specific departure and destination requirements.
Our strategy is to make sure each means of transportation–whether private aircraft, commercial airline, or ground transportation–is delivered to the patient with the least overall cash cost to MMA. Travel is always free to the patient. We work hard to drive down overhead costs related to each trip and to develop partnerships with corporations or commercial transportation providers or volunteer donor pilots that sponsor MMA or offer discounts for purchased travel for MMA patient clients.
The above is just a short list of charities supported by our event. If you would like to have your charity included in future posts or added to the list above, please email Social Media Director and Brand Manager, Rio Herbik at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your interest in The 5th Annual Pick-A-Charity Bash! We look forward to seeing each guest there having a great time in honor of the charitable organization that they are most passionate about.