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 2019 GVCO Newsletter
Think you know everything there is to know about GVCO? Our #DoYouKnowGVCO Campaign is back for the summer with fun facts & anecdotes. Follow us on social media!
GVCO and the “Other Things” we do

If you have been on GVCO’s social media during the past month, then you noticed we have been posting a #DoYouKnowGVCO series. GVCO has always been known for its quality youth sports programming, but this social media series is highlighting many of the wonderful other things that the organization has done for the community. As a community center we have partnered with many groups and organizations, as well as local businesses, providing much needed service and events across a broad representation of the entire region.

As GVCO moves towards its 20 th year of operation, the coming year we will see a number of new “non-sports” programs evolve. Through several new partnerships GVCO will be: holding a Blood Drive in association with the American Red Cross at the GVBL Center this August; this fall GVCO will partner with Cradles to Crayons for a month long drive to assist less fortunate children in need of daily essentials; GVCO will also be working with Steps4Hope this fall to offer scholarship funding for individuals who are struggling with substance use.

The power of the collective Great Valley community has always amazed me. When the community comes together, volunteers and “gives back”, we can be an incredible resource in many, many ways. The community’s continued support of GVCO and its programming allows the community organization to be the vehicle to help organize and administer these offerings through all of these wonderful partnerships.

Keith Walsh , GVCO Director
Pickleball Extravaganza
View the   Event Flyer

Date: Wednesday, July 31st
Time: 5PM to DARK
Location:   Picket Post ,
355 Chase Rd, Chesterbrook, PA

Open Play & Instruction
Skills Challenge • Pro Exhibition Match

$10 Donation for Entry to Event

All proceeds will benefit GVCO!

Dine & Donate
Dine to Donate to support GVFL!

Help GVFL kick off a great season🏈
Dine at the Sunset Grille!
The Desmond will generously give back!

Date: Friday, August 2nd
Time: 5PM-10PM
Location: The Sunset Grille
The Desmond Hotel
1 Liberty Blvd
Malvern, PA 19355
Blood Drive
Connor Malloy, (GVBL Alumnus, GVHS Graduate & Northeastern University rising sophomore), has partnered with the American Red Cross through the Leaders Save Lives Program to host an upcoming blood drive at the GVBL Center.

Drive Details:
Address:  19 N Bacton Hill Rd, Malvern
Date:  Sun Aug 11, 2019
Time:  10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Coordinator Name:  Connor Malloy
Coordinator Phone Number:  610-413-8403

Everyone who donates will receive a coupon redeemable for a  FREE   Medium Dunkin' Donuts Iced Coffee and a Classic Donut .

Steps4Hope 5k
Join us at GVHS on Sunday, October 13, for the 6th annual Steps4hope 5k run/walk. This timed race is held in loving memory of Jonathan Moules & dedicated to promoting awareness and prevention of substance use disorders. All proceeds will help us continue to provide educational events, grief support and financial resources for those in early recovery.

engage. encourage. empower.
IN Great Valley
Check out the Summer 2019 Issue of IN Great Valley! 

GVCO is featured on pages 15 & 34!

S EE What The New GVCO Community Center Will Look Like - Inside & Outside

Rich Orlow recently presented a check for $1,500 to GVCO Executive Director Keith Walsh on behalf of East Whiteland Township in support of GVCO. John Nagel, EWT Manager commented, “Keith, I hope that this is the start to a sustained partnership with GVCO. Having worked with several other community organizations like yours, I personally believe that GVCO will have great success here, as you have identified an essential community need.”  

GVCO Funding Director Joan Giombetti is ready to raise the 🌡

GVCO has reached a major milestone & surpassed $2M raised for the new community center! The current total for the capital campaign is now $2,199,151 !

Learn more:
Congratulations Alex!
Alex Capitano, 6'4” shooting guard, (Episcopal Academy, 2020) has accepted a basketball scholarship offer from Colgate University.
Alex is the first player in GVBL history to be offered and accept a Division 1 basketball scholarship. Alex began his basketball career on the "small court" at GVBL and became a member of the Great Valley Fire tournament team in 4th grade. Alex played his travel AAU basketball with the GV Fire through 8th grade. In 9th grade, Alex joined the Jersey Shore Warriors AAU program where he still plays.
GVBL is happy to announce that Alex will periodically be refereeing games for our league this summer. If you see him, please congratulate Alex on this amazing and wish him the best of luck at Colgate!
Thank you to everyone who made our  SOLD OUT GVBL Future Stars Camp a great success! Players learned basketball fundamentals, played games & had a lot of fun!
GVBL Summer League Playoffs

Grades 3rd-8th will play in a  SINGLE  elimination playoff tournament.

Dates: August 1st - August 8th
Schedule: TBA

Caring Hands
#DoYouKnowGVCO awards a $1000 grant each year to a local student through our Ally Perkins Scholarship? This year's tuition grant recipient was 2019 GVHS graduate Cassidy Mitchell. Cassidy will be attending West Virginia University in the fall. The gift was awarded as Cassidy showed outstanding leadership & exemplary community service as part of the student leadership group of the GVCO Caring Hands Foundation. Pictured are, Cassidy Mitchell, receiving the award from Sandy Louderback, GVCO Caring Hands Foundation Advisory Board member, & Keith Walsh, GVCO Executive Director.

Challenger Gym
Our fall session will take place in November and December on Wednesdays from 4:15-5:15. Lots of high school volunteers will be needed! Please email Wendy Morris at for more details. The emphasis is on having fun, providing physical activities and forging relationships between kids with special challenges and GVHS buddies.
Great Valley Crew’s Boys Varsity 4+ finished 13th in SRAA National Championship Regatta! Read more about this accomplishment in the  Malvern Patch.

JOIN CREW - more info
REGISTER NOW $50 discount ends 7/31

REGISTER NOW for the 2019 season! Tackle season starts in August!

Attention all 2019 incoming kindergarteners & 1st graders! Come join the fun of flag football & cheer. Flag season starts in September 2019!

Dine to Donate August 2nd 5PM-10PM at The Sunset Grille at The Desmond!

GVFL had a great day at the Malvern Memorial Parade!
Ivy Experience
As the school year draws to a close, Ivy Experience wants to share its annual State of Admissions for high school students and parents.

Thanks for a great inaugural season!

Don't forget: Please complete our end of season Pickleball Survey

GVCO Pickleball will resume August 19th!

View our Pickleball Extravaganza  

Open Play & Instruction • Skills Challenge • Pro Exhibition Match

Date: Wednesday, July 31st
Time: 5PM to DARK
Location:   Picket Post , 355 Chase Rd

$10 Donation for Entry to Event

Surrey Services
In anticipation of partnering with us in the new community center, Surrey Services for Seniors will now offer programs, activities and meals in the Great Valley area. Surrey’s newest location in East Goshen offers a variety of classes and activities. Check out the East Goshen Calendar

Calling All Vets!

Organizational Meeting to discuss YOUR benefits as Veterans!

The meeting will be held on August 2nd at Surrey Services for Seniors East Goshen location from 1:00-2:00 PM.

"What a great week of volleyball! We spent time developing a deeper understanding of the game through skill development, drills, and game play! Throughout the week campers worked on improving themselves as an all around volleyball player!" 
Coach Sam Ellis

Special Events
The Desmond & GVCO
Thank you to The Desmond for hosting us at their Deck Opening Party on May 29th. While the event was moved inside because of the weather, the party still went on and The Desmond presented us with a check for 10% of the food sales from the evening!
Business Sponsor Spotlight
Established in 1993, JDT Construction is a full-service residential and commercial construction company. We are experts in installing and repairing roofs, siding, gutters, windows and doors, as well as interior renovations and additions to the Chester, Montgomery, Delaware, and Philadelphia Counties, as well as the Jersey shore area. JDT is located at 10 North Bacton Hill Rd, right across the street from GVCO!
JDT Construction owner, Jonathan Thir, is a 1986 Great Valley High School graduate and continues to live in Chester County maintaining strong business and personal relationships throughout the community.  JDT Construction takes pride in our community and in addition to making your home beautiful with quality craftsman construction. We also love being involved in community fairs and festivals. Have you seen our shirts out? If not, stop by and get one!
JDT Construction is dedicated to safety, professionalism and quality work that is evident through the satisfaction of thousands of customers. Our reputation is built on a history of performance and 100% satisfaction guarantee when the job is complete. So, if you need an expert opinion on making your home better, trust JDT Construction. 

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Donor Spotlight
KC Curran & Josh Bacon

" I consider myself very lucky to have grown up with a program like GVBL & a place like GVCO ("the center.") I went from playing, to reffing, to camp counselor, to "running" the summer league with the other GVBL "OG" Dana Walsh. I did not fully appreciate it all at the time, but I see now how much I got out of it (girls I am still friends with to this day, summer jobs, mentors, coaching experience, etc). I joke about how even though I was there when it all started, no one even knows who I am when I walk in the center anymore (unless I tell them I'm Tom Curran's daughter). While it's depressing because it makes me feel old, it shows how big the community has become. I can't wait to continue to watch it grow. " - KC

KC Curran is one of the original girls that began playing in what has become GVBL & GVCO. KC has a very unique connection to GVCO because of her childhood & her appreciation & support of the organization that has grown over time. She has been married for a little over a year to her husband, Josh Bacon. The newlyweds currently live in Phoenixville with their pitbull, Semi. KC is a Physical Therapist Assistant at Good Shepherd Penn Partners in Radnor & Josh owns his own real estate company, flipping properties throughout southeastern PA. The couple is very excited about the variety of activities that will be available in the new community center. " There will be something for everyone there which is what a true "community" center should be," said KC. 

"The last GVCO fundraiser I went to, someone asked my husband and I who our kids were in the league. I couldn't help but laugh out loud. I had to politely tell them, "We don't have kids in the league, I'm Tom Curran's daughter. I played in the first year of GVBL." While at the time this caught me off guard, I realized how special that question really was. This community organization has been around long enough that the "original class" of GVBL is now old enough to have kids of our own playing in this league. I can't wait for our future kids to play in every league available, and be involved in every opportunity provided." While KC & Josh don't have their own children playing at GVBL yet, many other children will enjoy playing on "Supreme Court" this year at the GVBL Center since the couple purchased the naming rights to the small court during the live auction at the GVCO/GVBL Annual Fundraiser.

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