Crossville, TN; (September 24, 2014) — Resort Trades news journal announced their support as media sponsors of an annual event supporting ALS research and services, the “JT Walk & Beach Party” to be held October 5, 2014 on the Virginia Beach, VA boardwalk.
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. A year later, one of the founding members – Chris Thompson, the son of GOLD KEY/PHR Hotels & Resorts CEO Bruce Thompson — received news that his brother, Josh, was diagnosed with ALS. So, the group adopted the fight against ALS. Under their guidance, the Annual JT Walk & Beach Party has grown so that now an estimated 5,000 walkers will flock to the boardwalk for this year’s event.
A few years ago I attended the event and it was not only fun, but very uplifting,” says Resort Trades Managing Editor Sharon Scott, RRP. “It was shortly after learning that Francis T. Eck, Esq., himself a huge supporter of the event, had been found to have ALS as well. Frank fought valiantly, but lost his last battle in April of 2009. Frank was a brilliant lobbyist and supported the resort industry before legislators and regulators in Richmond on behalf of the Virginia Resort Development Association even up until his untimely death. Therefore, on behalf of our team at Resort Trades and resorttrades.com, we are happy to lend the support of our media outlet and our voice to this worthwhile cause.”
Walkers and teams are encouraged to register online at www.jtwalk.org/ prior to the event. Individual walkers can also register on-site at 31st Street the morning of the event. Each registered walker receives a commemorative t-shirt, a ticket to the Beach Party, food and drinks.
About Josh Thompson
Nobody enjoyed the beach more than Thompson. He was an avid surfer. He loved taking his family to the beach. He grew up on the beach and thought he’d be riding his board for years to come. But in late 2006, Thompson was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. He had to turn his attention from riding waves to fighting ALS, a battle few so young have to face. Thompson and his family have mobilized the Virginia Beach community and beyond to search for and fund new treatments and eventually a cure.
About Virginia Gentlemen Foundation
The Virginia Gentlemen Foundation, a nonprofit organization, was formed in 2007. It consists of a group of young men who have grown up together in Virginia Beach and who want to make a difference in their community. The Foundation awards stem cell research grants from the proceeds of the JT Walk & Beach Party each year. Past grant recipients have included Johns Hopkins Medicine, Emory University, University of Michigan, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Cedars-Sinai and Duke University. To learn more, join in other activities of the Virginia Gentlemen or to donate, visit www.vagentlemen.org.
About Resort Trades
The Trades was established in 1987 and distributes approximately 5,700 copies monthly to every U.S. vacation ownership resort, to a voluntary subscriber base of resort professionals of all walks and at all the industry’s important conventions and conferences. Resort Trades adds value to the industry as a whole with an enormous volume of informative content to assist resort operators in running their properties more efficiently, raising revenues more effectively and making better-informed buying decisions. www.ResortTrades.com
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