Bay Bound
Summer 2013

Hampton Roads Community Foundation Makes Generous Gift to Support CBF's Brock Environmental Center

Conceptual Plans for CBF's Brock Environmental Center.

CBF's work to build what will be one of the greenest facilities in the world—the Brock Environmental Center at Pleasure House Point in Virginia Beach—just got a big boost thanks to a grant from a longtime friend of the Bay and CBF, the Hampton Roads Community Foundation

As an editorial in The Virginian-Pilot declared in March 2011, "No one on earth would benefit more from a clean Chesapeake Bay than the people of Hampton Roads." No surprise then that the Hampton Roads community, following the lead of individuals and organizations like the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, has come out in force to support CBF's plans to build the Brock Environmental Center, an innovative environmental education and community outreach center, near the Lynnhaven River.

"For 30 years, the Community Foundation's grants have helped underpin the important work of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. A healthy environment is a priority for our foundation and its donors who come from all walks of life," says Deborah M. DiCroce, president and CEO of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation—southeastern Virginia's largest grant and scholarship provider. "The Brock Environmental Center will help citizens of all ages understand the importance of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. The building itself will be a model that challenges other nonprofits to neutralize the environmental impact of their structures."

CBF is grateful not only for the Hampton Roads Community Foundation's generous five-year, $500,000 grant to support the Brock Environmental Center but also for its longstanding commitment to giving back to the Chesapeake Bay and the local community.

Since 1983, the Community Foundation has provided an additional $350,000 in grants to CBF that supported an array of programs, including helping to purchase and maintain the Baywatcher in the 1980s—CBF's first dedicated workboat in Virginia that has been used to provide environmental education to thousands of Virginia students and teachers; improving facilities at our Port Isobel Island Study Center; purchasing computers for CBF's Hampton Roads office in the 1990s; and pioneering support of CBF's oyster aquaculture efforts in Virginia in the early 2000s. 

To be sure, the Bay and its rivers and streams could use more friends like the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. Together, we will ensure a brighter future for Hampton Roads and beyond, and leave a legacy of cleaner water for future generations.

Learn more about CBF's Brock Environmental Center and how it will indelibly enrich the community and help us save the Bay and its rivers and streams. 

—Brie Wilson

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