Since its inception in 2007, The Virginia Gentlemen Foundation has been able to achieve some amazing goals. From the construction of the first-ever, fully handicap-accessible beach park and playground in the nation, to their most recent project, JT’s Camp Grom, the Virginia Gentlemen Foundation will continue to address and accomplish innovative ideas for the development and benefit of our community.

VGF Community Work

The JT Walk

Shortly after the Virginia Gentlemen Foundation was established in 2007, member Chris Thompson learned that his brother, Josh, had ALS. Quickly shifting its focus to support Josh and others with ALS, the Virginia Gentlemen partnered with the ALS Association in the local Walk to Defeat in 2008.

Grommet Island

JT’s Grommet Island Beach Park & Playground for EveryBODY stands on the Virginia Beach oceanfront as a testament to the power of people determined to make a difference in the lives of others. The first ever accessible beach park for disabled children.

JT’s Camp Grom

The only camp of its kind on the East Coast, this amazing 70-acre, beach-style adventure camp is designed to welcome everyone. Wounded veterans, families of the fallen, and adults and children with disabilities or special needs will finally have a place to call their own.

VGF Medical Work

ALS Patient Services

This is what drove thousands to rally behind Josh Thompson and others living with ALS. We promised to contribute to ongoing research into a cure for this horrific and unexplainable disease. Our commitments continue and will forever be a part of our work and our focus. We fully intend to STOMP ALS!

Stem Research

Since 2008, the Virginia Gentlemen Foundation has raised more than $2.5 million to fund stem cell research grants and patient services.


In 2011, the J.T. Walk & Beach Party, an annual event sponsored by the Virginia Gentlemen, donated a mobile intensive care unit to CHKD. We’re proud to have helped facilitate support for our community’s children.