December 2023 | Rescue Lines Newsletter

Seasons Greetings

Message from the Executive Director

Dear VB Rescue Family:

As the year draws to a close, we find ourselves reflecting on the moments that made it truly special. It’s been a year of growth, collaboration, and shared accomplishments, and we want to express our heartfelt gratitude for your continued support. Every dedicated member of VB Rescue demonstrates an unwavering commitment to saving lives and ensuring the well-being of our community – and it does not go unnoticed.

In the spirit of the season, our warmest wishes go out to you and your loved ones. May the holidays bring you joy, laughter, and the comfort of cherished moments with family and friends.

As we approach the new year, we are excited about the opportunities and adventures it will bring. We look forward to continuing to work together to make a positive impact in the lives of those we serve.

May your holidays be filled with warmth and gratitude, and may the new year bring you success, happiness, and countless reasons to celebrate.

From all of us at the Virginia Beach Rescue Squad Foundation we wish you a joyful holiday season and a fantastic start to 2024!

Warm regards,

Gina Benefiel

Executive Director
Virginia Beach Rescue Squad Foundation

Gina Benefiel, Kathryn Cooke, and Tonya Harrell
Pictured Left to Right: Gina Benefiel, Kathryn Cooke, Tonya Harrell

THANK YOU to everyone who gave to the VBRSF on Giving Tuesday!

Your donation will help to support and promote the important work of your neighborhood volunteer Rescue Squad.

The Foundation ensures that VB Rescue will continue to serve our community for decades to come by providing recruitment services and advocacy support.

VBRescue Foundation Giving Tuesday, November 28, 2023
Visitors sit in Santa's sleigh

Holiday Open House

November 28, 2023

For this year’s Holiday Open House, over 200 VB Rescue members and their families attended. The Foundation provided our VB Rescue family 50 free Christmas trees, VB Rescue apparel items, crafts, raffles and treats. Thank you to VB Rescue-EMS who was able to coordinate a visit from Santa & his reindeer to come visit the kids. To check out more pictures visit our Facebook page.

Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

2023 Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

The Foundation is pleased to announce that this year’s Holiday Boat Parade of Lights, raised $150,000 to support VB Rescue – Volunteer EMS Squads! This event was a huge success, and we are so thankful to all our supporters.

Thank you to all our Sponsors, all our boaters who gave the community an awesome viewing party, our Dessert Sponsor Baker’s Crust, our Celebrity Parade Judges: Craig Moeller from WVEC-TV and Rick Rumble from FM99, VB Marine Rescue, VB Rescue members and VBRSF Board Members who assisted with the event.

Congratulations to Rick Boyles for entering For Play and being selected BEST IN SHOW!

To see photos of the event go to Holiday Boat Parade – Be a part of the Magic!


to the newest volunteer EMTs

Welcome to the VB Rescue Family!

Davis Corner
Sarah Robertson

Virginia Beach
Ryan Mancoll
Daniel Buettner
Thomas Gross
Miranda Lentz
Ria Gowanda

Nhu Phan

Burcu Ulgey
Marisa Vogt

Ocean Park
Austin Carlos
Pearl Chambers
Joshua Reyes

Member Spotlight

Every month the Foundation selects a VB Rescue member to highlight their volunteer service with VB Rescue. For the month of December, we are proud to pay tribute & acknowledge:

Theresa Zablocki

Theresa Zablocki

Chesapeake Beach

Thank you for your 20 years of service with VB Rescue!