What’s Happening at Edmarc September 2014

September has been a busy month for Edmarc!  Kids’ are off to school again and some of our Edmarc staff and Board Members had a chance to recruit some eager Freshman from Christopher Newport University as volunteers!  We are looking forward to creating new friendships and being able to provide volunteer opportunities for these first class students!United Way

The United Way Campaign has officially started and staff has been invited to organizations like, Q.E.D. Systems and UPS to speak to their employees.  We are honored to have such a longstanding friendship with our Q.E.D. & UPS families and look forward to continuing our relationship for years to come.

On September 12th, Edmarc participated in the United Way Day of Caring.  From power washing, painting, doing yard work, cleaning out garages, and even carpet cleaning; these groups scattered all over Hampton Roads, helping our Edmarc families get to a check off tasks from a much needed to do list.  We want to give a special thanks to Dominion Enterprises, Townebank, Sentara, Delta Career Education Corporation, Old Point National Bank, and Capital One; you all made a huge impact on our Edmarc families!

riteaidEdmarc is officially a Rite Aid KidCents charity!  KidCents is a program that was created by The Rite Aid Foundation and allows Rite Aid customers to ability to round up their purchases to the nearest dollar and donate their change to help support kid-focused charities.  To support Edmarc with your KidCents Round-up visit www.kidcents.com and follow the steps to become a Rite Aid wellness+ member (join for free) and enroll in the KidsCents program.  Then when you “select a charity” you can select Edmarc as your charity.  We are excited for our new friendship with Rite Aid!

RC3 Running sponsored a run on September 13th and asked participants to bring a non-perishable food item to help “fill Edmarc’s pantry”.  The turnout was overwhelming!  Heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated!

Edmarc is fortunate to have a number of motorcycle clubs that support us!  Special thanks to Bayside Harley Hogs for raising $1,000 for Edmarc!  We also would like to thank the Red Knights Motorcycle Club for presenting a check to Edmarc for $7,000 raised from their rally in April!  You all are the BEST!

ATTENTION ALL RUNNERS!  Mettleevents is sponsoring the First Tacky Sweater 5K on December 13th and all proceeds will come to Edmarc!  If you are interested in participating please visit their website www.tackysweater5k.mettleevents.com

Stay tuned for the new Edmarc video!  Lovell Productions volunteered their time and talent to capture the story of the agency through the eyes of the Edmarc kids and families, volunteers and staff.  We cannot wait to see the finished product…it is going to be AMAZING!

Yes the holidays are upon us and we are in full holiday mode!  We are preparing to start collecting wish list items for our families for Christmas.  If you are interested in sponsoring a family or volunteering during this holiday season please contact our Community Resource Coordinator Kristen, at jonesk@edmarc.org or call the office at 757-967-9251.

SouthsideEdmarc has two fundraisers coming up in October.  Our Southside Friendraising Breakfast will be held on Tuesday, October 7, at First Presbyterian Church in Norfolk at 8:00 a.m.  There is no charge for breakfast; if interested in attending and hear Isaac’s inspiring story, contact Shantel at sthomas@edmarc.org or call the office.

GalaFlyerOn October 25th Edmarc will host its 2nd Annual Hope Gala at the Paradise Ocean Club on Fort Monroe in Hampton.  This black tie event will be from 6:30 until midnight and will include: open bar until 8:00, food, live auction, silent auction, music, and dancing.  There will also be a cigar bar and whiskey tasting on the patio.  We will be honoring our Medical Director, Lieutenant Governor Dr. Ralph S. Northam for his many contributions to our program.  Our live auction will include excursions and we have something for everyone, for example: a Washington Redskins package that includes 2 tickets for the game in the owner’s box, VIP parking pass, buffet wristbands for the game, and signed memorabilia from 2 of their top players; or a night at the Opera, including an elegant dinner with a tuxedo rental and a gown creation by Lizzie London!  If you would like more information about the event, our auction items, and to purchase tickets please visit our website at www.edmarc.org/hope-gala-1/

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