Community Service

MEB as a company participates in a variety of volunteer and community service activities. Individuals within the company participate in an even broader variety of similar activities, with management leading the way. MEB management has been involved in significant leadership roles of such organizations as the Noblemen (formally known as the Robinhoods) and NobleWomen, which raise money through a variety of means to support local charities; the HER Shelter which serves as a shelter for battered women; St. Gregory the Great Catholic School; The Chesapeake and Virginia Beach Rotary Clubs, providing service throughout the world; The March of Dimes; The United Way and many others.

As an organization, MEB has a long history of service and participation in a number of charitable groups. For a number of years, the company has actively participated in the Lee’s National Denim Day to help raise money for the fight against breast cancer. Other activities have involved the Angel Tree, Habitat for Humanity and the Hope House. Following the tragedy at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007, MEB made a large contribution to the Hokie Memorial Fund and sent a group photo in support of the grieving families. Celebrating our 25th anniversary in 2007, MEB established a charitable foundation, MEB 25, with the goal of providing yearly monetary support to charities in need throughout the Hampton Roads region.

In late 2006, Josh Thompson, the son of Gold Key/PHR CEO Bruce Thompson, was diagnosed with amotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. As a devoted husband and father as well as an avid surfer, Josh had to turn his attention away from riding waves to fighting ALS.

In 2008, a group of Josh's friends, organized as the Virginia Gentlemen, brought their fundraising walk to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. The annual event has attracted more than 20,000 people and has raised more than $4 million for research, patient services and the construction of JT's Grommet Island Beach Park and Playground for EveryBODY. And MEB has been there every step of the way. MEB played and important role in the construction of the park and has annually sponsored the walk. Most importantly, MEB has participated each year with a huge team of employees and their families, walking the oceanfront boardwalk in support of the event's efforts to find a cure for this disease.

MEB employees in both Hampton Roads and Richmond are committed to serving our communities and helping those in need. With the support of MEB leadership, this passion to give back has resulted in hundreds of hours of service. A 2011 holiday food drive resulted in the donation of 2,798 pounds of food to the Tidewater and Richmond area Salvation Army. A nearly 15 year relationship with The Noblemen has involved hundreds of events and efforts in support of local children's charities. Habitat for Humanity, Susan Komen for the Cure, Special Olympics' Polar Plunge and the H.E.R. Shelter are but a few of the many charitable organizations for which our employees share their passion.

"We know the passion to give back is contagious," said George Clarke, MEB's President. "So showing support for these good-will activities is a common sense gesture that's good for our people, good for the community, and good for the company."