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 2020 GVCO Newsletter

Given the gravity of the COVID-19 coronavirus situation in Pennsylvania, across the U.S. and globally, GVCO recognizes the impact this has on the friends, neighbors and families here in the Great Valley community and surrounding region. Being “a community” and caring about one another at this point of uneasiness and concern becomes that much more critical.

Having just come off a phenomenal GVBL winter rec league season, culminating in a fabulous fundraising event at the Desmond attended by hundreds of community members, continues to show me what a wonderful community we live in. The joy, smiles and support that I’ve witnessed over the past several months is a testament to the tremendous people involved in the district.

Moving forward into the spring and beyond, know that GVCO will make sound and thoughtful decisions for all those involved in our programming. The safety and well-being of the families in our community is on the forefront of our minds.

Our mission remains steadfast …”to help build a strong, vibrant and connected community by providing facilities, activities and programs enriching the lives of all local residents.

Please take care of yourselves.

Keith Walsh, GVCO Executive Director
Due to the Coronavirus, COVID-19, and directives from the CDC, as well as state and local governments, GVCO is temporarily closed for the offices and all programming. We will reassess the situation later in the month.
Everyone please stay healthy and safe!
Toss & Tailgate 2020
THANK YOU  to everyone who made the Annual Fundraiser such a great success!

Special THANK YOU to:

  • Allied Resources, our Diamond Level Sponsor, for donating fantastic Phillies, Justin Bieiber & Eagles vs Dallas Cowboys tickets!

  • The entire community who attended that evening and opened their checkbooks, our generous sponsors & donors!

  • Kim Biddle & Donna Hogan, our outstanding event coordinators, along with Nina Novotni, our Temple University intern, for putting it all together!
Cornhole Tournament Winners!! Congratulations to Jeff Dill & Jerry Corrigan!
engage. encourage. empower.
Want a brand new GVCO Community Center with multiple courts, an outdoor field, a cafe, an elevated track and work out area, as well as multi-purpose rooms for other community programming, activities and events?

We purchased the land, the property is fully engineered and the approval process is complete. The time is NOW....Help us make it happen!

Check out the program pages:
Taking advantage of the unseasonably warm weather, Dan Aquilante of DC Aquilante, Inc and Charlestown Paving were back out there again!
Project Updates - Now on the website!
February 2020:  With the paved drive completed, site work continues over at the Bacton Hill Rd site.

GVCO continues to reach out to the community for help with the project.

We are still several hundred thousand dollars from our campaign goal but thanks to all of you, we are beginning to make the new GVCO Community Center a reality!
GVBL 2019/2020 Winter Season Finale

It was another fun season at GVBL from our Junior Hoopsters to our Rec League all the way up to the High School league. We love every second of it!

The second session of Junior Hoopsters wrapped up last week when they received their medals for all of their hard work. Our little hoopsters learned to pass, dribble, shoot, and steal the ball in order to prepare them for the All Star Game!!! We hope to see them all back next season!

GVBL Rec League Champions!
G3/4- Aces
B3/4- Pelicans
G5/6- The Desmond of Malvern Rockers
B5/6- Wolf Pack
B7/8- The Tropical Traveler Cavaliers
HS- Overbrook Capital Heather

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone made this season so great! We are already looking forward to Summer session!

Caring Hands
GVCO Caring Hands will be back as soon as we can!

Leadership has been actively planning the several events to contribute to making our community better.

Some of the service events that the group plans to provide for the community is our annual food drive to assist the Frazer Food Pantry, planting and delivering flower pots for residents at a local rehabilitation center and an event planned around the 50th anniversary of Earth Day!

It's never too late to get involved. Look for sign-ups on the website:

Last year's Spring Flowers for Seniors
As with other programming, GV Crew will be on hold during this period. We will send updates as soon as we have them. Stay well!

GV Crew is excited to announce that our spring season is underway with ten new rowers including six 8th graders.

Crew is a great walk-on sport with no experience necessary, so it is great for students who want to try something new.

With 26 team members, GV Crew practices include workouts and timed intervals on the ergs, fitness routines, and rowing on the river. This spring season brings 6 regattas on the Schuylkill River.
Go Crew!
What better way to congratulate your senior and show GV Pride than with a yard sign?

Signs are  only $40  and benefit the  GV Crew Team.

They will even deliver to your home!

Buy one today!!
Ivy Experience
Ivy HS League Champions- Overbrook Capital Heather

Thank you to Ivy Experience for sponsoring the Ivy Experience GV High School League this season!

For more information about tutoring, test prep and more, go to My Ivy Experience
Every day brings new developments related to COVID-19 virus. GVGYL is following Philadelphia Area Girls Lacrosse Association (PAGLA) board recommendation to postpone the season through the end of spring break (March 16 - April 10). All games and practices between now and then will be cancelled.

Please stay tuned to TeamSnap for updates and notices.
GV Pickleball welcomed pro-duo Steve Henricks and Angie Weldon for two clinics in February and March. Both were sold out and wildly popular! Players learned a variety of different pickle shots while also working on basics to develop their game.

Pickleball continuously packs the house on a weekly basis especially on Tuesdays and Thursdays! They have continued to grow immensely over the past year.

Topping off a great year, GV Pickleball is especially excited to host their end of season bash, with sponsors REMAX Fine Homes/Chuck Barbera team and Bomba Taco + Bar. There will be fun games, food, drink and music to celebrate!
Save the Date - May 1, 2020!

Temporary Pause to Pickleball during March. We will keep you updated on the Pickleball website:

Spring volleyball season is approaching and GVVL is excited to get started! The clinics are designed to offer instruction for all levels of play from beginner to advanced.

GVVL is excited to introduce two new instructors Jerry Hu and Evan Miller! Both are very knowledgeable about the game and will be great additions to the GVVL community. Full bios of clinic instructors and guest coaches here.

There are still some spots left for the GVVL clinic. This clinic is a great way to get introduced to the game of volleyball or brush up on your skills. Sign up now if interested!

GVCO will be offering a Power Yoga class for the Spring 2020 as soon as we can. The classes will be led by Gaye Jablonski.

Power Yoga is a combination of strength moves and movement helping to improve physical and mental health.

This class has something for yogis at all levels.

Visit the GVCO Yoga site.
Surrey Services
Surrey Services is looking out for all Seniors! As a result of the Coronavirus COVID-19 issues across the area, Surrey will be discontinuing programs and services until further notice. Everyone stay healthy!!

Information on programs and services can be found here. Keep checking for updates.

Information on the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) can be found here.
Donor Spotlight
The Kopf Family
Ian and Janine Kopf have lived in Great Valley since 2007. Both natives of the southeaster PA area, they made the move to GV after they got married. They have one daughter, Maddie who is 11 and plays in the GVBL league. Ian works at Vanguard in Malvern as a senior level Product Owner for Vanguard’s Personal Advisor Services, where he builds technologies to help advisors manage assets for clients. Janine is a Senior Accountant at Vertex, Inc. in King of Prussia.

Their first experience with GVCO was in 2 nd grade when a parent of Maddie’s classmate mentioned they were going to sign her up to try basketball at GVBL, and suggested they do the same. "Once she started playing we quickly saw how special of an organization GVCO was – the volunteers all cared about the kids, they weren't there just to coach, but to make a positive impact on the lives of the kids in the community", says Ian. After her first GVBL season I volunteered to coach the summer league and I have been involved ever since, coaching and coordinating rec league as well as coaching the 6 th grade girls tournament team.

With all of the time my family spends at the GVBL center, supporting GVCO in it’s effort to build a new center was a no-brainer. Great Valley is an amazing community and deserves a community center that reflects it. We have made so many great friends at the gym over the years which will last beyond the time we spend playing and coaching at the GVBL center and we want to support future generations of Great Valley families.

I would encourage all members of Great Valley community to support the GVCO capital campaign – donations of any amount add up and can help us get the new center built. Many companies such as Vanguard offer matching gift programs which increase your impact. 
Does your company match employee gifts? It's a great way to maximize your impact!

List of companies with corporate matching gift programs. Check your company policy.
Business Sponsor Spotlight
Toll Brothers Malvern
Two local Toll Brothers communities, Great Valley Crossing and Reserve at Great Valley have teamed up to sponsor GVCO!

Recognizing the value of community is right up front in the Toll Brothers Advantage:

"Simply put, Toll Brothers builds communities in the heart of where you want to live. Whether you want scenic views and access to natural features, or proximity to schools, commuter routes, and entertainment—or all of it and more—our commitment to you is to build communities of luxury homes that deliver just what you're looking for in the most highly desirable areas of the country."

For more information:
GVCO Sponsor
The Chuck Barbera Team of REALTORS/ RE/MAX Partners with GVCO in “REALTORS Giving Back” Program

Over the next year, for anyone who contacts the Chuck Barbera Team at RE/MAX Fine Homes and signs them to serve in the purchase or sale of their next home, GVCO will receive 10% of the real estate commission received!

Dine & Donate with Bomba Taco + Bar
Don't worry about cooking dinner! GVCO & Bomba have partnered to help you out!

Show this flyer to your server to receive a free guacamole and 10% of your check will be donated to GVCO!

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