Our Mission Statement: The Great Valley Community Organization helps build a strong, vibrant and connected community by providing facilities, activities and programs enriching the lives of all local residents.

January Newsletter 2017
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Ever since opening for business in February 2010, The Office Bar and Grille on Morehall Road in Malvern has been a great local destination for good food, drinks, and music.  Owners Frank and Kim Boyle greet everyone with a smile and make sure all guests feel at home.  With an extensive menu, 20 beers on tap, and a nice drink selection, "The Office" is a great choice for lunch, happy hour, dinner, or a place to meet friends.
The Office Bar and Grille has always given back to the Great Valley community through event sponsorships, in-kind donations, and program advertising.  Frank and Kim Boyle have developed a novel "Giving Back" fundraising program for local non-profit organizations looking to raise money.  GVCO has benefited significantly from a number of great events at "The Office".  For information on how your non-profit can raise money through this program please e-mail frankandkim@theofficebarandgrille.com or  or call (484) 318 7806

GVCO greatly appreciates the ongoing support of The Office Bar and Grille.
The GVCO Board of Directors met in January 2017 and reviewed our current organizational structure.  While details have not been finalized, it was the consensus of the board that GVCO needs to evolve to best support our mission and community.  We are planning to update the structure of the organization, to bring GVCO in line with current recommendations for well-run non-profit entities.  Further details on the reorganization will be released in the coming months. 

Once again, GVCO would like to recognize all of the volunteers who selflessly give their time and talents so we can offer the best possible programs to the Great Valley community.  GVCO is always seeking volunteers willing to help us better serve the community.  Please contact GVCO  if you can provide volunteer assistance.

"March Madness" Fundraiser

Join us for a casual night of drinks, food and fun!

President's Day Bowling 

An afternoon of family fun to help support our team.

Spring GVVL Volleyball Clinics

Registration begins soon.


Carousel Arts Consultants
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Jonathan Moules Memorial Foundation
Center for Families Open House

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Foundation Great Valley
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Special Kids Camp Expo
January 28, 2017

If you have an event to include in our community corner,  please e-mail GVCO
Save the Date - March 3, 2017 - Join Us for March Madness!

Please join us on Friday evening March 3, 2017 at the Desmond Hotel in Malvern for our annual GVCO/GVBL fundraiser.  It will be a great evening of casual fun, music, food and drinks, with a "March Madness" theme.  Attendees are encouraged to wear your Alumni, NCAA, or GVBL team gear.  As always there will be a wide variety of great live and silent auction items.  Tickets go on sale on February 1, 2017; check the GVCO website for further details.

Please consider supporting this great event by taking advantage of our sponsorship opportunities or through the donation a silent/live auction item; both types of support are 100% deductible as a charitable contribution.  For more information on sponsor and auction item opportunities, please contact either Kellie Eisenhardt or Kelly McDaniel
We look forward to seeing you at the Desmond Hotel on Friday March 3rd!

Tom Curran
GVCO Director
Challenger Gym Spring Session is coming in March.

Participants and high school volunteers are needed for our upcoming session of Challenger Gym.

The purpose of Challenger Gym is to provide a community gym program for kids in the Great Valley School District who have physical and/or other special challenges. The emphasis is on having fun, providing physical activities in which the kids can successfully participate, and forging relationships between kids with special challenges and GVHS High School students.

The emphasis in Challenger Gym is on having fun and providing physical activities in which kids can successfully participate. The program is open to students from first through twelfth grades who have physical and/or other special challenges. Each child is paired with a high school buddy to assist them in having fun!

Dates: Wednesdays, March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 19
Time: 4:15-5:15

Contact Wendy Morris i f you are either interested in being a high school volunteer or if you would like to sign your child up to participate.
The winter session of GVBL is in full swing!

Our tournament teams were very busy during the holiday season. GV Thunder (5th grade girls) has been unstoppable going undefeated at the John Streeper Memorial Turkey Shootout and winning the Push-Me Holiday Classic. GV 2022 ( 7th grade boys) also won at the Push-Me Holiday Classic, GV Crush (6th grade girls) won the King of the Court Tournament and the GV Titans (4th grade girls) enjoyed a very special night at a 76ers game with their coaches. GV Power (8th grade boys) won the King of the Court Tournament and CES Holiday Jam.
GVBL is in full swing now with Junior Hoopsters, our rec league for grades 1st-8th and high school league. We were very happy to bring our girls' 7/8 division back this season. We are already gearing up for the culmination of our winter season with our Round Robin for grades 1/2 and playoffs for grades 3-8 and high school.

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Great Valley Crew spring session is opening soon.


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Results of Parents' Survey.

A Milestone for Cheerleading in Great Valley

For the first time ever, the GVHS Varsity Cheer Squad qualified for the PIAA State Championships in Hershey, PA. Several of these athletes started out in our sideline cheer program long ago. Congrats to the entire squad and we look forward to your continued success!

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Caring Hands' Good Neighbors Campaign.
A few days before Christmas, our Caring Hands Foundation had several volunteers work diligently on gift-wrapping over 200 presents for the seniors at the Phoenixville Senior Center and at the Surrey's Center for Healthy Living in Devon!

The gifts were kindly donated to GVCO by an online gift retailer. With kindhearted effort to wrap these gifts we were able to complete them prior to the holiday and deliver them to the senior centers, where many happy seniors in our neighboring communities received gifts from Santa.

Patriots Competition Cheer Team to host a fun day of bowling.

Are you looking for something fun to do on President's Day? Join us for a fun afternoon of bowling at Devon Lanes. Cost is $18 and includes two hours of bowling, shoe rental and refreshments. Contact  Kelly Prevost for more information or to purchase wristbands. 

Here is a great example of the type of programming GVCO will be able to offer, through our partnership with Surrey Services. 

Surrey welcomes John (Jack) Dobbyn, a local author who has written five legal/mystery thrillers to Surrey Devon on Thursday, February 16, at 6:00pm. The evening begins with light fare and wine, and his presentation will start at 7 pm. (Snow date is Thursday, February 23.)

Fatal Odds, his newest book, will be available for purchase and signing.  An earlier book, Neon Dragon, is in development to become a major motion picture.  "John Dobbyn's thriller, Fatal Odds, does everything right: a nail-biting plot to keep you turning pages, characters that shine brighter with every twist and turn." said James Rollins, a New York Times Best Selling Author.

Jack got his start writing fiction 15 years ago when he wrote a short story in a creative writing class at Main Line School Night.  A native of Boston, he received his J.D. from Boston College Law School and LL.M. from Harvard Law School.
Tickets are $35 per person. If you have questions about the event, please call Surrey Services at 610-647-6404 ext 111.

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Volleyball Spring Clinic and Summer Camp Schedule

Once again GVVL will be offering a series of spring clinics and summer camps to provide opportunities for local children to develop their volleyball skills:
  • Spring Clinics - Mondays and Tuesdays from March 13 through May 9, 2017
  • Half-Day Summer Camp - June 26-29, 2017
  • Full-Day Summer Camp - August 7-10, 2017

Check the GVCO website in the coming days for further details and registration information.


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