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Our Founder: B.M. Stanton

In 1982, B.M. Stanton, a concerned and dedicated citizen of Virginia Beach, saw an immediate need to support the volunteer efforts of the Virginia Beach Rescue Squad. In an effort to raise awareness and support for this endeavor, he combined his business savvy and profound appreciation for the Virginia Beach Rescue Squad to form what would become known as the Virginia Beach Rescue Squad Foundation.


The Virginia Beach Rescue Squad Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization operated by a board of directors. The Foundation’s only full-time staff member, is Executive Director Gina M. Benefiel.


The Foundation’s Board of Directors oversees more than $16 million in assets. These funds have been raised from the generosity of individual gifts and bequests, and through the dedicated efforts of local Foundation volunteers. The Foundation’s largest donations include contributions from the estate of:
  • E.V. Williams
  • Mary Wells
  • Arthur J. Lillenfield
  • B.M. Stanton

Support of entire rescue system

The Foundation’s commitment extends to the entire volunteer rescue system of Virginia Beach, as exemplified by its financial support of system-wide marketing and public relations campaigns, as well as advocacy and recruitment efforts. Key projects that the Foundation currently funds or has funded include:

Grants To Squads

Volunteer Recruitment & Retention

Public Awareness

Professional Development


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