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Beach Ball

Every year, The Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach, Inc. hosts a major fundraiser with the goal of generating the financial support needed to maintain current programs in the community as well as develop new initiatives in areas identified as most in need of assistance. On Saturday May 8th, The Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach, Inc. proudly presented Beach Ball 2010, hosted by The Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Local favorites with a charitable spirit, The Rhondels, performed all evening and the Hilton, a major sponsor of this event, served up great food for guests. The Virginia Beach Shag club danced the night away and taught guests how to shag and line dance. League members and guests celebrated the joy of living in South Hampton Roads, and the good fortune many locals have in being able to visit the beach anytime they wish. Sadly, many citizens in the community never have the opportunity to visit the beaches we all love so dearly. There are children living here who’ve never stepped in the sand. Their parents work multiple jobs to make ends meet, leaving no time for beach fun. So, while guests celebrated their love of the oceanfront and Chesapeake Bay beaches, members and guests alike remained mindful of all the “little citizens” of South Hampton Roads who are less fortunate, and the goal to raise awareness of the needs of women and children in the community, as well as to raise enough money to fund our community support programs for another year, was realized. One thing that the League has done throughout all of this activity is keep the mission at the forefront – promoting voluntarism, improving communities and developing the potential of women. While celebrating and fundraising at the Beach Ball in May, the JLNVB honored a community leader who has turned her “passion into action,” and encouraged members to do the same. When asked who would be our honoree for the Beach Ball, the committee really wanted to select someone who identifies with the League’s mission and signature issue. Lucy Gibney, M.D. does exactly that. She has improved the local and national communities, and has done so by turning her passion into action. Dr. Lucy Gibney received her medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School. She completed her residency at the University of Cincinnati, and is board certified in Emergency Medicine. She worked in public affairs for a national nonprofit health agency prior to attending medical school. Her undergraduate degree in economics is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. When her son was diagnosed with severe food allergies, Lucy tackled the challenges of finding high quality, delicious treats by starting her own line of foods. “Lucy’s” cookies are delicious proof that special diets can taste great! Made without most of the major food allergens, and boasting a better than average fat and calorie profile, “Lucy’s” is experiencing major growth with product distribution throughout the U.S. and Canada. Asked how she felt about being recognized by the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach, Inc., Dr. Lucy Gibney said, “To describe the Junior League or any of its members I have known or worked with, I would say….thoughtful, organized, professional….and most of all deeply passionate about what they do! I think this is why they’re so successful.”

JLNVB Annual Report 2009-2010  
JLNVB Annual Report 2009-2010  

The Junior League The Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developi...