The Great Valley Community Organization helps build a strong, vibrant and connected community by providing facilities, activates and programs enriching the lives of all local residents.
May 2019 GVCO Newsletter
Hoedown Throwdown
The GVCO/GVBL Annual Fundraiser raised nearly $40,000!

A tremendous THANK YOU goes out to:

  • Allied Resources, our Diamond Level Sponsor, for their wonderful donations of Phillies, Eagles & Rolling Stones tickets which landed a pretty penny!
  • The entire community who attended that evening and opened their checkbooks & our generous sponsors & donors!

  • And Kim Biddle & Lauren Naylor for putting it all together!
New Community Center

With each passing month GVCO is one step closer to bringing our new GVCO Community Center to reality. We continue to fundraise, trying to attain our goal of $3 million that will allow us to meet objectives for the financing of the project. Our progress can be monitored daily by the fundraising thermometer on the website. The land development piece of the project is essentially complete and the architect has recently put together a final rendering of the vision for the entire property (see below).
During the 1 st quarter 2019, following GVCO taking ownership of the property, you probably noticed many lawn signs in the community.
We continue to ask for everyone’s help to make the vision come to life. All information regarding the new GVCO Community Center can be found at

Keith Walsh, Executive Director
Wednesday, May 29th
Deck Opening Party GVCO Community Event
Please join us on Wednesday, May 29th from 6-9PM as The Sunset Grille at The Desmond opens its deck for the summer season with a party!

  • Live music with The Bill Hake Band

  • Complimentary Taste of the New Summer Menu Items

  • Locust Lane Tap Takeover - $4 Drafts

The Desmond is giving back 10% of the food sales to GVCO!

engage. encourage. empower.

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 $2,133,972!

Learn more:
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!

Summer Camps
The GVBL Summer League is open to boys & girls that will be entering grades 1st-8th in September 2019. Each team will play 1 or 2 games per week. There are NO practices. All games are held Monday-Thursday evenings. Grades 3rd-8th will participate in a single elimination playoff tournament. Games will be refereed by current & former GVHS players. Skills Assessments will take place June 10th-13th. It is important for every player to attend one skills assessment session!

GVBL Future Stars Basketball Camp is for boys & girls entering grades 1st-4th.
Players will learn basketball fundamentals, play games & have a lot of fun!

Caring Hands
Thank you to Saint-Gobain & CertainTeed for welcoming GVCO's & Great Valley School District's Caring Hands student volunteers to their Earth Day Garden Get Down event. The students learned about healthy eating, food insecurity, and engaged in actual garden planting. The food from the Saint-Gobain Community Garden is donated to pantries across our area to benefit those in need in our communities.

Also, to celebrate spring & Earth Week, student volunteers from Caring Hands planted flowers in pots and made cards for the residents at Green Meadows Rehabilitation.

Challenger Gym
Challenger Gym ended a lively six-week session in April as a total of thirteen children and fifteen high school students literally ran through hoops, zoomed on scooter boards, and just had a good time.
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.
Crew - Qualified for SRAA Nationals!
Great Valley Crew’s Boys Varsity 4+ finished 5th in City Championships, & as 1 of 3 PA schools in the final, secured a bid to SRAA Nationals! Congratulations!

Read more about this accomplishment in the  Malvern Patch

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!

The Football & Cheer Friday Spotlight is back in anticipation of the 2019 season. Be sure to check it out on the Great Valley Junior Patriots Football facebook page & read about the featured athletes!

Thank you to everyone who made the GV Youth Patriot Fundraiser Night at Venice Pizza & Pasta a success!

Thank you Vince!
Our GVFL youth football and cheer program will be celebrating its 10 th season in existence this year. There has been one constant with the program throughout the entire 10 years that has made it so highly successful…Vince McAneney. From start-up in 2010 to last year’s tremendous season, Vince has guided the Junior Patriots as president of the organization. After the countless hours volunteering to make football and cheer a fantastic experience for hundreds of families in the GV community, Vince will be stepping aside from the program. GVCO and the community would like to take this opportunity to thank Vince for everything he has done, having a profound impact on so many kids, and dedicating a good portion of his life to the sport he and his family has always loved. Thank you Vince and the entire McAneney family! 💙GVFL & GVCO
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.

GVGYL celebrated Youth Night & Senior Night on May 7th! See more pictures on the Great Valley Girls Youth Lacrosse facebook page.

Our first ever GVCO Pickleball Tournament was a success! Congratulations to our first place team, Deb & Cory Sawin, who defeated Jim Potts & Vicki Luckett 15-10 in the championship game! Thank you to everyone who came out and played. We hope this is the start of many more pickleball tournaments to come!  Read more about the highlights.

After many discussions with the members of the GVCO Pickleball Board, we have decided to keep the facility open in May for pickleball! During the summer we will continue our pickleball program, but it will be subject to availability. More information about summer plans for pickleball will be announced soon.

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

GVCO Pickleball has started a  account.  
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

GVVL Spring Clinics will end tomorrow. The players showed an enormous amount of improvement. Special thanks to our Clinic Coordinators this spring, Hannah & Ashley Gal, as well as to their sister Lindsay Gal & members of the GVHS volleyball team for assisting.

GVVL is excited to announce that Michael Nguyen, current volleyball Assistant Coach of Bryn Mawr College and the Director of High Line Volleyball Club in Hatboro, will now serve as the GVVL Director. Hannah & Ashley Gal will remain on the board as Clinic Coordinators and Assistant GVVL Directors.

REGISTER NOW for the GVVL Summer Camp! GVHS Girls Varsity Volleyball Coach Sam Ellis run the camp on June 24th-27th from 9AM-1PM.

Special Events
Locust Lane & GVCO
Thank you to Locust Lane Craft Brewery for hosting the first in a series of fundraisers this year for GVCO. The first fundraiser had a great turn out & Locust Lane presented us with a check for $1,000 from the April 5th event! Stay tuned for more details about future fundraisers!
Community Service Day
GVCO Community Service Day was a huge success! Nearly 50 tires were pulled from the woods while students volunteered to clean up the property that will be the future home of the new community center. Learn More:
Business Sponsor Spotlight
We at Venice Pizza & Pasta consider ourselves so lucky to be a part of the Great Valley community! Located at 60 Lancaster Ave in Malvern we have strived to create that neighborhood feel, where everybody knows your name. 
Family owned and operated for the past 10 years, we have worked hard to stay relevant and involved with all of the local school teams, sports, little league, clubs and groups and sponsor whenever we can!
Aside from our community involvement, we strive to be consistent with great quality and consistently delicious food. Yum!
Pizza, Stromboli, Cheese Steaks, Wings and name it! Our new website and online ordering have been a hit. Also, stop in and check out our new dining room! It’s great for lunch or dinner and has also been popular for private party rentals! Topped with great customer service, we like to think we offer the full neighborhood pizzeria/restaurant experience!
We are so grateful for the support and loyalty we have received from every single person that has come through our doors in the last 10 years and are truly blessed to be a part of your lives! It’s been amazing to watch families grow and we’ve loved being included in all the milestones, especially birthday pizza! 
We look forward to many more years of memories and feeding your families and co-workers!
The Venice Family! - “Dad”, Amanda, Christopher, Reina & Crew!
Donor Spotlight
The Kosmalski Family

"We love GVCO‘s mission and the sense of community it will instill. Our kids are just getting started and have played summer basketball and football (tackle and flag this year!) since kindergarten. " - Holly

The Kosmalski Family is dedicated to the growth and future of GVCO. They have lived in Malvern for eight years now with their children Beau (9), Dean (8) and Drew (5). Randy is a native of Wilmington and has worked for Stryker, a medical sales company, for the past 14 years. Holly grew up in Bucks County and has been holding down the fort at home since 2013, but previously worked in child welfare and behavioral therapy. Randy and Holly are both graduates of the University of Delaware (Go Blue Hens!). They are looking forward to becoming a foster family this summer. 

"We chose to support GVCO because our kids will be utilizing this center a great deal in the years to come. We are also looking forward to sharing this safe and fun environment with the children we will be bringing into our home. It will undoubtedly be a big part of our future." 

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