July 13, 2017 – Diamond Resorts International, one of the world’s largest vacation ownership companies, and The Virginia Gentlemen Foundation, a nonprofit organization and organizer of the annual JT Walk and Beach Party, are proud to host this year¹s JT Walk and Beach Party kick-off event at Camp Grom on July 16, 2017 in Virginia Beach. The event will help raise awareness of the main event in October, which hopes to accumulate the remaining $1 million needed to complete the construction of the camp. Camp Grom is intended to serve a wide-range of children with disabilities, wounded veterans and their families.

This media event will feature the following speakers/ performers, who will be available for interviews:

  • Cole Swindell, Platinum-selling country music artist and Diamond Resorts Ambassador
  • Mike Flaskey, CEO of Diamond Resorts
  • Andrew Yancey, Chairman of The Virginia Gentlemen Foundation

Cole Swindell will also perform at this event and the progress of Camp Grom’s build out will be available for viewing along with video clips of the kick-off event.

Over the last 9 years more than 30,000 people have gathered at the Virginia Beach oceanfront to participate in what is now known as the JT Walk & Beach Party. This year promises an even bigger turnout. The 10th annual event, presented by Diamond Resorts, is scheduled for October 8, 2017 and has been recognized as the largest single-day walk and fundraiser for the National ALS Association.

The Virginia Gentlemen Foundation, a nonprofit organization, was formed in 2007. It consists of a group of young men who have grown up together in Virginia Beach and who want to make a difference in their community. The Foundation awards stem cell research grants from the proceeds of the JT Walk & Beach Party each year. Past grant recipients have included Johns Hopkins Medicine, Emory University, University of Michigan, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Cedars-Sinai and Duke University. To learn more, join in other activities of the Virginia Gentlemen or to donate, visit www.vagentlemen.org.

Diamond Resorts International®, with its network of more than 370 vacation destinations located in 35 countries throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Central America, Europe, Asia, Australasia and Africa, provides guests with choice and flexibility to let them create their dream vacation, whether they are traveling an hour away or around the world. Our relaxing vacations have the power to give guests an increased sense of happiness and satisfaction in their lives, while feeling healthier and more fulfilled in their relationships, by enjoying memorable and meaningful experiences that let them Stay Vacationed.