Monday, July 15Hampton Roads Weekly

Focus On Philanthropy

By Al Midgett, Founder and CEO

I founded The Noblemen in 1995 in order to pay it forward in thanks for the gift of a surviving child from extreme prematurity who was given a 2% chance of survival.  The medical expenses exceeded a half million dollars and the Hampton Roads community jumped in and supported me in countless ways.   

I have enjoyed the platform of helping local kids for almost 25 years.  We meet monthly and prepare and serve dinner to 40 to 50 members (out of 100) who have the time each month to talk about our recent philanthropy and discuss possible fun and upbeat ways to raise money to support what we do.

It is truly a “connect the dots” mentality as we hear from our members about current opportunities to support kids with special needs or who are in crisis.  

This past month we hosted over 300 kids and their families at Oceana NAS.  Every year on Friday prior to the Air Show weekend the base conducts a full day of practice.  The CO and XO of the base have been long-time supporters of The Noblemen and what we do and allow us to use the Chalet directly next to the announcing platform.  Each of the pilots and participants is strongly suggested to stop by and say hello to our special guests.  Because of the lack of the crowds, the children we support can enjoy the time without being over stimulated by the craziness of the weekend attendees.  It truly is a private showing of the best Airshow on the East Coast.  We are so thankful for the excellent relationship we have enjoyed for over a decade.

In November, we start working on a large infrastructure of placing over 250 toy boxes in local banks and businesses to collect toys to support our Toy Drive that provides for over 5000 local kids that would normally be left out at Christmas time.  The real magic for us is that the gifting of the many toys is handled by our kids and their friends who sit down with each child.  Our members and their children listen intently and then go to shop to fulfill each child’s Christmas wish.  

The foundation of our membership is truly based on the premise that “giving is a greater gift than receiving.”  Our lives are changed daily by the actions of what we do!  Locally, Wasserhund Brewery and the Noblemen hosted the 4th Annual Oktoberfest Event for All Coastal Virginia and beyond on September 21st at Hunt Club Farms in Virginia Beach. This event serves as the quintessential Oktoberfest for our area featuring over 30 breweries, traditional German food and fair, festival atmosphere, and so much more. 

This year’s amenities included:

– The opportunity to enjoy multiple styles of beers including, of course, a wide variety of German beers.

– Live music by The Deloreans

– Opening ceremony with German music by the Happy Dutchmen and special cask tapping

– German Dog Costume parade

– Bounce houses and kid contests for family friendly fun

– Portion of proceeds were donated to The Noblemen to support local charities

– Fabulous views of the Oceana Air Show

– Appearance of the Burpenfartzen Brothers

To become a part of the great work the Noblemen do or for more information contact Al Midgett at [email protected]

Wasserhund Brewing Company

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St. George Brewing Company

Back Bay Brewing/ Farmhouse Brewing

The Virginia Beer Company

Caiseal Beer & Spirits Co. (The Vanguard Brewpub & Distillery)

The Garage Brewery

Benchtop Brewing Company

Home Republic

Bearded Bird Brewing

Reaver Beach Brewing Company

Deadline Brewing Project

Smartmouth Brewing Company

Gordan Biersch Brewing Company

Coelacanth Brewing Company

Rip Rap Brewing

Legend Brewing Company

New Realm Brewing Company

Bold Mariner Brewing Company

Tradition Brewing Company

MoMac Brewing Company

Cape Charles Brewing

Makers Mark Brewing Company

Oozlefinch Brewing Company

Precarious Beer Project

Big Ugly Brewing Company

Bull Island Brewing Company

Elation Brewing Company