With support from scores of golfers and sponsors, NOVEC HELPS’ raised more than $30,000 for Northern Virginia charities, youth programs, and other organizations at it seventh annual golf tournament at Haymarket’s Bull Run Golf Club on May 16.

“The beautiful weather and course made the day enjoyable for all,” says Christine Kelly, NOVEC HELPS Board of Directors chairperson. “We thank all 102 golfers, the sponsors, and everyone who helped to make the tournament possible, especially Bull Run Golf Club for its support and assistance.”

Tournament Winners

First Place – Don Goddard Sr., Don Goddard Jr., Greg Garrison, Jeff Griggs Second Place – Jerry Lee, Tim Moore, Bill Hart, Jason Lee Third Place – Bill Hamlin, Ginger Hamlin, Matt Coleman, Laurie Quinn

Thank you again, to all of our sponsors!

Platinum Sponsors Bradley Electro Sales Corp. Lee Electrical Construction, Inc.

Banquet NOVEC The Okonite Company

Beverage Munich RE NEXTEra Energy

Player Gift Brambleton Group

Gold Cintas of Culpepper Deporter, Dominick & Associates, LLC Dewberry Eaton/Anixter EDF Trading Google HomeServe USA Irby Electrical Distributor Mitsubishi Electrical National Transformer Sales NOVEC Energy Solutions NOVEC Solutions/NOVEC Energy Solutions NRTC PIKE Engineering PowerTech, LLC Prospect Solar USA/Uticom

Silver Rappahannock Electric Co-op

Bronze Bromley's Utility Consulting Services Commonwealth Consultants Lekson Associates

Hole AHT Insurance Atlantic Power Sales Commonwealth Consultants East to West Embroidery & Design Electel Cooperative Credit Union Ensales Flagger Force Traffic Control Services Leo Construction RW Chapman Company Smart Grid Solutions FCIs, Inc.

Special thank you to those who donated gifts

BJ's Brewhouse

Bull Run Golf Club Chick-Fil-A of Manassas East to West Embroidery & Design Flagger Force Heritage Hunt Golf Club Mission BBQ Okonite Company Popped! Republic

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NOVEC HELPS is collecting new toys for children and new gifts for teenagers for the Northern Virginia Family Service's Gifting for Families program and the United States Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots drive.

“Stocking our Gifting for Families toy closet with toys designed to foster creativity, learning and fun brings holiday cheer to 2,200 children in NVFS programs. Support from NOVEC and its employees truly brightens the holidays for these children and their families!” shares Sarah Crosley, NVFS director of events. Crosley suggests several items for teens, including science kits, sports equipment, and even movie tickets.

 “The Toys for Tots Foundation always receives toys for toddlers and children under 10, but they also need gifts for older children who often watch their younger brothers and sisters open gifts while there’s little for them,” notes Jim Chesley, vice chairman of NOVEC’s board of directors. Chesley and the Clifton Lions Club and Dominion Cruisers are working with NOVEC HELPS on the drive. For older children, he suggests donating such items as books, backpacks, board games, bath gift sets, hand-held electronics, and winter hats, scarves, and gloves.

New unwrapped toys and gifts may be dropped off 8:15 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, until Friday, Dec. 7, at these NOVEC offices: 10323 Lomond Drive, Manassas, and 14500 Minnieville Road, Woodbridge.

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Armed with garden tools and protective gear, NOVEC volunteers headed to Serve Our Willing Warriors’ Bull Run retreat in Haymarket on Oct. 3. The team, organized by NOVEC HELPS, helped prepare the grounds before SOWW cut a ribbon to open a second house on their property later that month.

With just over 30 volunteers, they were able to transform the area, clearing about 21,000 square feet of brush and weeds on more than an acre of land around the house. “We so appreciated all your efforts in helping us prepare for the new house, which will enable us to serve twice the number of families that we are currently serving,” said Heidi Tamke, director of volunteer services for the organization. “With the heavy rains, the weeds were overwhelming. The NOVEC workers came in and knocked it out.  Their dedication was incredible.”

Pamela Rochon, a NOVEC employee and organizer for the event, said, “I was surprised when I showed up for the second shift at 10 o’clock how much had been done already. The early crew worked so fast!”

A New Home for Serving Willing Warriors

Serve Our Willing Warriors began serving recovering military members undergoing treatment in 2012, but it wasn’t until a home was purchased on 37 acres of land that it was able to become a dedicated retreat facility. On July 4, 2015, the Warrior Retreat at Bull Run opened as a home-away-from-home for service members and their families. The retreat provided free educational and therapeutic activities, as well as a break from the hospital environment.

“People from all areas of NOVEC — from vice presidents to customer service representatives — pitched in to help with the landscaping,” said Ashley Arnold, NOVEC community relations representative and one of the organizers. “It was a tough job on a hot day, but everyone kept a positive attitude. Every volunteer worked hard, side-by-side. We accomplished a lot in the two shifts we worked.”

After serving more than 100 military service members and their families, the new home on the property will allow the group to serve more families in the area.

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