Giving Back Awards 2013
Sponsored by Old Point National Bank Honoring The Region’s Outstanding Non-Profits
The Giving Back Awards recognize Hampton Roads Charities And Service Organizations.
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Coastal Virginia Magazine is pleased to present the second annual Giving Back Awards winners. After a nomination period and a total of 19,264 online votes cast, the following 25 charities receive the highest honors. If you volunteer or support one of these organizations, or any of the wonderful non-profits in Coastal Virginia, we applaud you. Please read more about their amazing efforts on the following pages. PLUS: Our staff experiences the top three first-hand.
Top 5 Non-Profits
1) LCPL. CODY S. CHILDERS MEMORIAL FUND
P.O. Box 16576, Chesapeake • 757-536-0496 • www.WeCareMarines.com
Number of votes: 635
Established: The LCpl. Cody S. Childers Memorial Fund was established in August 2010 by Wendy Childers, the mother of Cody Childers, a 19-year-old Marine who was killed in action in Marjah, Afghanistan on Aug. 20, 2010 while on foot patrol.
Mission: To honor Cody’s memory and share his story by continuing to support his Marine brothers by shipping care packages filled with snacks, blankets, magazines, electronics, socks and more to make their deployment more comfortable. To ensure that all Marines know that someone at home is thinking of them and appreciates all they do for the United States of America.
Key people: The Childers Family: Wendy, Randy, Ryan and Cassidy, along with dedicated volunteers. Jeff Stewart and Chris Levins present the annual car show, and the Voorhees family presents the annual golf tournament at Broad Bay Country Club. Derrick Ward and Patty Brackett, with the Edinburgh Chick-Fil-A, hold numerous spirit fundraisers throughout the year. Tammi McAffee is responsible for creating all graphics and, in addition, mails all of the care packages through the Edinburgh Goin Postal, the official donation drop-off center.
Volunteer opportunities: Various fundraisers throughout the year to fund filling and shipping the care packages, including an annual car show and golf tournament, spirit nights and other events. All events are listed online at WeCareMarines.com.
What are the biggest struggles your organization faces? “Our packages are 100 percent paid for through fundraisers that we hold throughout the year. We have our annual events but are always trying to develop new, fun events for our supporters to attend. Raffles are huge for us, and we rely on donations for the prizes. We also reach out to local and national companies for donations to include in our care packages.”
What is the most rewarding part about what your non-profit does? “Believing that Cody would be proud of the support that we have continued in his honor and knowing that the Marines who open our boxes feel that someone at home cares and is appreciative of all they do for our country.”