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4th Annual JT Walk & Beach Party for ALS

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4th Annual JT Walk & Beach Party for ALS

Time: October 9, 2011 from 9am to 7pm
Location: Ocean Beach Club
Street: 34th & Atlantic
City/Town: Virginia Beach, VA
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Event Type: virginia beach family fun, virginia beach fundraiser, virginia beach events, charity walks, virginia gentlemen foundation, lou gehrig's disease
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Latest Activity: Dec 16, 2015

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Sunday, October 9

Meet @ Ocean Beach Club  9AM

Walk Begins at 11AM

Beach Party Begins at 1PM @ 31st St. Park




When we started the JT Walk we never expected to become the largest ALS walk in America. With this kind of incredible participation we are now able to expand the reach of our event to include a focus on kids. The 4th annual JT Walk & Beach Party will be the most influential single day fundraiser in Hampton Roads. With your help we will not only raise funds for ALS, but also support worthy children’s charities like CHKD and even take Grommet Island on the road. There really are no limits to what a group of highly motivated people with a passion for a friend and a cause can do.



In 2007, a group of young men that had been raised together in Virginia Beach decided they wanted to find a way to give something back to the community and formed the Virginia Gentlemen Foundation. When Chris Thompson, a founding member, received news that his brother, Josh, was diagnosed with ALS, The Virginia Gentlemen decided to make the fight against ALS their goal as well. Working with the local ALSA chapter their first initiative, named "The Keys to Life Program" helped patients with transportation to and from medical appointments, but it didn't stop there.


In 2008, the Virginia Gentlemen partnered with ALSA in the local Walk. This annual walk, previously held at The Botanical Gardens, was moved to the oceanfront boardwalk to accommodate the expected attendance. What started out as one team in the Hampton Roads ALS walk has now become the National ALS Foundation's largest single day walk and fundraiser, raising over $4 million to date for stem cell research for neurological disorders, ALS patient services and the creation of JT's Grommet Island Beach Park & Playground for EveryBODY.


Over the last 3 years more than 20,000 people have gathered at the Virginia Beach oceanfront to participate in what is now known as the JT Walk & Beach Party. This year promises an even bigger turnout.


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