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LOCAL CHARITIES, WOUNDED WARRIORS & SPECIAL NEEDS FAMILIES. WHO WILL YOU CRUSH IT FOR?
Since its inception by the Virginia Gentlemen Foundation, Camp Grom has been a project that our team has felt very passionate about. As a whole, our restaurant group - the South End Trifecta consisting of Waterman's Surfside Grille, Chix on the Beach and The Shack on 8th - made a $500,000 commitment to Camp Grom when the idea of it was just that - a vision. As plans were laid and progress on the project began, so did our fundraising efforts. By donating proceeds from various events we hosted over the course of 5 years - such as Crush Fest, Fall Fest, the Mid-Atlantic Rockfish Shootout, and Crush N' Run, we ultimately reached our goal of a half a million dollar commitment, on April 7, 2018!
None of this would have been possible without your attendance at our parties and events - so we are forever grateful to our amazing customers! Our contribution to Camp Grom was able to build the aptly named "Waterman’s Dream" lake, which now provides a beautiful oasis for fishing, cable wake-boarding and other adaptive water activities for all of Camp Grom's visitors. It has been incredible to watch Camp Grom transform from a concept to a reality, and we are honored to have had a small part in helping this magical place come to fruition. We encourage you to visit the Camp Grom website and learn even more about this special property.
JT's Camp Grom, operated by the YMCA, is a day retreat developed especially for wounded veterans and their families, the families of fallen war heroes, and children and adults with differing abilities. It is a special place where everyone in the family can spend time and participate, together. Unlike traditional camps, Camp Grom delivers a unique, integrated and adaptive day of activities surrounded by family and friends. Adventure activities have often been frustratingly out of reach for adults and children living with differing abilities. YMCA JT's Camp Grom will allow these individuals to take part in personal development activities, educational programs, and entertainment and social gatherings, sending participants home with a new sense of confidence—empowering them and improving their quality of life.
In addition to Camp Grom, we've been proud to dedicate fundraising efforts over the years to other local charities close to home: Grommet Island Park - just a stone's throw from Waterman's - Surfer's Healing, and the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters. Two other organizations that we are excited to begin supporting are An Achievable Dream, with an academy right down the street at Seatack Elementary, and the Eliza Hope Foundation, which has a Therapy Center right here in Virginia Beach.
The mission of An Achievable Dream is to develop independent, productive citizens through a Social, Academic, and Moral Education. There are local chapters at Seatack Elementary and Lynnhaven Middle School, as well as schools in Newport News, and Henrico County outside of Richmond. We are proud to support this organization that believes all children can learn and succeed, and that education can break the cycle of poverty.
The mission of the Eliza Hope Foundation is to provide educational support for children and families who are living with Autism Spectrum disorders in the Hampton Roads area and beyond. To achieve this mission, we have created a center completely dedicated to providing the special services, teachers and equipment necessary to meet the unique learning needs of these children.
Eliza was a sweet, joyful and loving little girl. She loved popcorn and pinecones. She loved watching Frozen, Bubble Guppies and Mickey Mouse, and she would listen to the song “Happy” all day long if she could.
Eliza passed away on November 11, 2016. She was 4 and 1/2 and we miss her every single day. When Eliza was 16 months old she had her first seizure, and after months of doctors’ appointments and neurology tests, she was diagnosed with intractable Epilepsy and Autism Spectrum Disorder at 2 years old.
We soon learned that finding a place where Eliza could learn and grow would be an overwhelming task...
We want to honor Eliza’s life by helping families who have similar struggles. The best part of the day was watching Eliza wearing her backpack, happily walking to class alongside her teacher. Every child deserves that chance, and every parent should be able to experience that moment. This is the wish we hope to fulfill through the Eliza Hope Foundation.
Thank you for your generous support of all the local charities for which we raise funds and awareness. We are excited to continue to #Crush4Good with you!
On Friday, May 31, 2019, 12 lives were lost and others were injured when a gunman opened fire at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center. Our hearts are broken for our city and for those who lost their loved ones. We knew immediately that we wanted to help and to honor the lives lost in this tragedy. To help the victims' families, Crush N' Run has donated a portion of proceeds of the 2019 beach run to the Virginia Beach Tragedy Fund. We stand with our community, we are #vbstrong.