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.
March 2019 GVCO Newsletter
Hoedown Throwdown
Thank you to everyone who made the 2019 GVCO/GVBL Annual Fundraiser such a great success! Congratulations to Vince McAneney & Chris Anderson on winning the Cornhole Tournament! Special thanks to our outstanding event coordinators - Kim Biddle and Lauren Naylor - and to our Temple University Intern, Daniel Hoban!
We would also like to thank The Desmond for hosting the Hoedown Throwdown and the Desmond Project student volunteers who helped set up the event! This year marks the 25th anniversary of The Desmond Project, a unique partnership program that connects Great Valley High School students with The Desmond, a Doubletree by Hilton hotel. Acknowledged as the only program in the nation to offer high school students an advanced working relationship with a local business, The Desmond Project allows students to encounter real-life learning experiences in a hands-on business application. Approximately 1,400 Great Valley students have participated in the Desmond Project since its inception. Students have collectively raised nearly $500,000 for scholarships and various charities, and the annual Senior Citizens’ Luncheon and Student Achievers’ Banquet have become woven into the fabric of the Great Valley community.
What a Hoedown!

This was the theme for this year’s GVCO/GVBL annual fundraiser. Kim Biddle and Lauren Naylor did a masterful job of coordinating a group of ambitious volunteers to throw one heck of party. Over 250 cowgirls and boys rustled up their boots and moseyed down to The Desmond for hours of fun with friends and neighbors from the community. There was a cornhole tournament, silent and live auctions, ring toss for bottles of wine, raffles and more…with a DJ entertaining throughout. At the end of the night there appeared to be a smile as wide as Texas on every face.

This signature GVBL event, culminating nearly 6 months of basketball in our community league, has been going on for 15 years now. There has been tons of themes. We have tried multiple venues. Some are more elegant, some are casual. And the food is always great. But the constant, year in and year out, are the people. Every year is the same...just a big party for anybody in the community who wants to join in on the fun! You see people you saw the day before at Wegmans or the Acme, and you see people you haven't seen for years. You see some of your neighbor's parents, and you see some of your neighbor's kids. It's like a gigantic indoor block party and the "block" incorporates the entire Great Valley community!

Thanks Great Valley for being great! If you were there, it was fun hanging out with Y'all. If you missed it, dont worry, it's gonna be even better next year!

Keith Walsh
Executive Director
engage. encourage. empower.

We want to reengage you and encourage you to display our "Give a little, GET A LOT!" yard signs as we empower the entire Great Valley community to make a difference and contribute to the new community center. 

We will not get the necessary financing to complete the project without raising additional funds.  Our immediate goal is to raise an additional $1 million!

Congratulations to our 2018/19 GVBL Champions: Kings, Mercury, Renehan Building Group Razorbacks, Juice Plus Rockers, Good Shepherd Penn Partners/Penn Therapy & Fitness Blue Devils, & White!

Special congratulations to all of our senior players who were presented GVCO Certificates of Accomplishment during the GVBL HS League Championship game.

Congratulations to the 2026ers (5th grade boys) & Titans (6th grade girls) for winning the ICBA Championship!

Caring Hands
Student volunteers from Caring Hands collected gently used shoes in February to donate to a local Goodwill. Shoes were collected at GVMS, GVHS & GVBL. Thank you to everyone who donated!   

Challenger Gym
Challenger Gym started off with a bang last Wednesday! A record number of fifteen children are signed up to participate. Lots of action as amazing high school volunteers helped children zoom on scooter boards, run relay races and just have fun. More high school volunteers are needed for this lively group. 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.
Crew hosted 3 open house events in February and March to show interested high school students what rowing is all about!

Read the latest Crew Newsletter

Registration will open on 4/15!

Dine in or take out from Venice Pizza & Pasta on Wednesday, April 24th for GV Youth Patriot Night! Mention that you’re from the Youth Patriots and we’ll receive a generous giveback from the great folks at Venice!

Ivy Experience
Ivy Experience directors plan on hosting free college prep seminars in the spring at the GVCO office. The 5 fall seminars were a great success! Look for more information coming soon.

March 17th 10:30 - 12:30 
3rd - 8th grades 
GVMS Turf Field • $40 per player 

All players must have a valid   US Lacrosse membership Register Now!

Join us for on-field training and skill development with the varsity GV coaching staff and players. Training will include: basic skills, game situations and small sided play. Proceeds benefit both the Great Valley Youth Lacrosse program and the Varsity Girls Lacrosse Program. Be sure to wear your   GREEN!  

Dine & Donate - March 25th
Stop in Christopher's anytime after 4pm on Monday, March 25th and mention Great Valley Girls Youth Lacrosse! 30% of your food bill will be donated back to GVGYL.
America’s fastest growing game has come to GVCO! We have four regulation sized indoor courts at the GVBL Center. All levels are welcome.  The cost is $5.00 per player, payable online or at the door.

Court times are:
Mondays: 12-2 PM
Tuesday-Friday: 9-11 AM & 12-2 PM

Reserve a spot anytime on
Sign-UpGenius . Mornings are Open Play (walk-ins welcome) while the afternoon courts are for Reserved Play Only from 12-2 PM.

Clinics are open to boys and girls in grades 1st-12th.

Two 8-week sessions are available:
Mondays: March 18, 25; April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13

Wednesdays: March 13, 20, 27; April 3, 10, 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15
Grades 1st-6th: 5:45-6:45 pm & Grades 7th+ 7:00-8:00 pm

Cost: $135 per session or a discounted rate of $240 for both!

GVVL is happy to announce that this spring our clinics will be taught by 2 former GVVL/GVHS volleyball players - Hannah & Ashley Gal
Yoga - Coming Soon!
We are very excited to begin offering Power Yoga at the GVBL Center. This class will follow the Power Yoga model, which is a combination of strength moves and movement. Modifications to the poses can be made for all levels. Please bring a yoga mat, a towel & water. If you don’t have a yoga mat, we will have a few to use.
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Donor Spotlight
The Frankenheimer Family

"My family felt it was a 'no brainer' to donate to the GVCO mission and new project. Our dearest friendships were formed at GVBL/GVFL/GVCO and to make that a solid reality for future generations was a priority. My life has been filled with amazing memories at our center/community, and to think we don't even have a 'real center'. I can only imagine the lives that will be touched by the new center and how it will enhance our community." - Mary Fran

The Frankenheimer Family is excited about the future of GVCO. Bob grew up in Malvern and came back to the area after college. Bob, the manager of Southern Brogan Landscaping, and Mary Fran, the assistant athletic director at Malvern Prep, found a place where they wanted to volunteer and raise their family. Their sons participated in GVFL and GVBL. Mason is now attending the Pennsylvania College of Technology, Gavin is a senior at GVHS and Cooper is a sophomore at Malvern Prep.

"As we transition into empty nesters we look forward to finding a place at the GVCO Center. I love GVCO - the people, the mission and it's future!"

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