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.

July Newsletter 2017
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Did you know you could put GVCO on your United Way donor form?

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Thank you!

Michelle and Jeff Liebesman
When asked to give a brief description of "WHY" her and Jeff were so compelled to give to the GVCO Captital Campaign, this was Michelle's response. 

"Jeff and I are both attorneys.  We actually met in law school, at Villanova.  Jeff owns his own practice  that focuses on workers' compensation matters, and I have been working with Rubin Fortunato for the past 20 years.
We have 3 kids:  Brian (20), Lauren (17), and Zach (14).   We moved to Malvern in 1999, when our oldest was 2 and we were expecting our second.  Candidly, I needed a little convincing to move west, but have not regretted the decision.  We love Malvern.   We're here to stay, and because of that, we feel like we have a personal stake in making sure the place we call home continues to thrive.
Believe it or not, our first introduction to GVCO was when Brian attended a Philanthropy Club dance held at what was then the GVBL Center.   But, soon after, we were heading over to Bacton Hill at least twice weekly for bake sales, birthday parties, and of course, basketball games with such notable teams as the Pistons, Buccaneers, and Suns, among others.  One of our kids even helped work on a Boy Scout Eagle Project, building a walkway/stairs leading from the GVCO parking lot to the sports fields.  The programming has always been so varied that there isn't a kid out there who couldn't find something  of interest:  volleyball, football, summer musicals.  But even better than the programming was the truly palpable sense of community we felt every time we walked through the doors - probably driven by the fact that someone was always standing there holding the door open and we'd immediately run into a group of friends and neighbors right inside.  We love, love, love the fact that it is a volunteer driven organization - everyone should be so be so lucky to wear a ref uniform and run up and down a court with a whistle -- and have always admired the people who not only had the vision but devoted so much time and energy making it a reality.
One of my favorite movie lines is from Field of Dreams:  "If you build it, they will come."  But that isn't really GVCO's problem.  People have been coming in droves because they love the idea of turning neighbors into friends, and it's no secret that community centers anchor people to a community - so getting people there isn't the issue.  It's space.  In order to expand the programming and meet the needs of our vibrant, energized, growing community, we need a new center - and we want our family to part of that.  So, for us, it was easy to get behind GVCO in its mission to grow.  We are really excited about it - I mean it's not even built and it has already exceeded our expectations!"

Thank you, Michelle and Jeff for your support!
About 17 years ago when GVCO was in its infancy we partnered with another start-up, Bob Appell, a local screen printer. Bob has been in the business of printing shirts for the past 17 years out of a small shop in Paoli. He is essentially a "one man show", getting help from his sister from time to time. Having grown up in Springfield, Delaware County, he has been here his entire life. Bob continues to churn out about 80,000+ shirts a year, the majority of it local business, including most of GVCO's shirt printing. GVCO would like to thank Bob for all the tremendous service he has provided us and the local community through the past years.

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As GVCO continues to build for the future, we have partnered with another great group from the community. GVCO has just added girls lacrosse to its youth sports programming. Mary Fran Riffel will be "spearheading" the efforts, along with a fantastic group of volunteers. The Great Valley Girls Youth Lacrosse Club will be for athletes in grades K-8 and will run from late March to early June.  No experience necessary! We are looking for volunteers to help get the league off the ground.  If you are interested in helping in any way please contact: [email protected]

Please go to the Lacrosse Home Page of the www.gvco.org website for additional information.

Keith Walsh
GVCO Executive Director

Project Updates:

  • JMR Engineering revised plans in accordance with NPDES review letter.  
  • So-Deep Inc. subsurface utility engineering completed the location of underground utilities on the site. 
  • Chester County based Ingram Engineering is solicited to conduct borings on the site.
  • GVCO selected Malvern based Arcus Design Group as architectural partner.

Keep up to date with our progress at gvcocampaign.org

There is Still Room in our Full-Day Camp.

There are a few openings left in the full-day volleyball camp. This camp is a great way to get a jump on try-outs! 
  • Full-Day Summer Camp - August 7-10, 2017

Youth Cheer Clinic and Flag Football Night.

Still not sure about football or cheer? Check out our "Bring A Friend" nights for cheer and flag football. There is no cost and your son/daughter can see what we are all about! For more information on these events  contact us.

There is still time to register for football and sideline cheer. All athletes are welcome. No experience necessary!

Already registered? Check out our  News/Updates Pages for upcoming events.

Caring Hands Foundation Continues Their Service.
On June 3rd, our GVCO Caring Hands Foundation partnered with the Peoples Pantry at Church Rd in Frazer to collect various food items in order to support local families in need. Our volunteers stood outside a local grocery store to solicit help with filling bags with food items.

At the end of our event, we managed to collect approximately two and a half, shopping carts full of donated food items and $115 in generous cash donations! Thanks to all our volunteers and Mary Decker, who runs the Peoples Pantry, for all your assistance in making this event such a big success! 

Record Number of Players in GVBL Summer League!
Summer hoops are back in session at GVBL with a record shattering 474 players participating in our summer league!  We are very excited to have a separate 5th/6th and 7th/8th division for our girls this year as we continue to grow our program. Action at the center is about to heat up with single elimination playoffs beginning on Monday, July 31st for grades 3rd-8th. Also, please come out to support GVBL and celebrate the end of a terrific summer season at our Dairy Queen fundraiser on July 31st.

Registration is OPEN for the Fall Crew Program.

Look For Our Registration Email in Late August.

Great Valley Competitive Cheer will open our registration in late August. In the meantime, athletes who are looking to brush up on their tumbling can check out the open gym at Grand Slam on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Cost is $10. 

A special "Thank You" to some of our business sponsors!

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GVCO is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Great Valley Community Organization | [email protected] | http://www.gvco.org
19 N. Bacton Hill Road, Malvern, PA 19355
Tel: (610) 990-6168