​The 44th Annual Virginia Beach Neptune Festival Crowns Stacy Cummings, Jr. King Neptune XLIV

The 44th Annual Virginia Beach Neptune Festival Crowns Stacy Cummings, Jr. King Neptune XLIV

April 2017, Virginia Beach, Virginia:

The 44th Annual Virginia Beach Neptune Festival is pleased to announce Stacy Cummings, Jr. was named King Neptune XLIV at a ceremony Saturday night, April 1st in Virginia Beach. Mr. Cummings is a partner and Vice-President/CFO for Priority Auto Group, which he help found in 1998. While starting with two automobile dealerships in Chesapeake, Virginia, Priority now consists of sixteen dealerships located throughout Virginia and North Carolina and is one of the thirty largest privately owned automobile dealerships groups in the country with over 2,500 employees. He is an active member of several local boards including the Old Dominion Athletic Foundation, Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission and Recovery for Life. He is a Past President and Chairman of the Hampton Roads Automobile Association and spent many years on the board of the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center. As a director of the Priority Charity Bowl, a celebrity football game held in conjunction with the Old Dominion Spring football game, Mr. Cummings helped raise over $400,000 last year to help support children’s charities in Hampton Roads. He also is an evaluator of Senior Projects for the Legal Studies Academy at First Colonial High School. Several years ago, Mr. Cummings took a yearlong sabbatical from the automotive industry to teach high school math. While enjoying the experience, he was more than happy to get back to the business world.

Mr. Cummings received his BS degree from the University of Maryland and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He has completed all of the required course work for a Masters degree from American University. A resident of Virginia Beach, Mr. Cummings and his wife Aimée have twin boys Nicholas and Calvin who attend First Colonial and Ocean Lakes High schools respectively. Mr. Cummings also has three grown children Wesley, Jessica and Ryan and four grandchildren. When not working or volunteering, he enjoys tennis, snow skiing and boating with his family.

About King Neptune

Since the festival’s inception in 1974, King Neptune has been the ceremonial leader of this annual event presiding over all Neptune Festival activities held throughout the year, including Boardwalk Weekend in September. In this position, King Neptune also serves as an ambassador of goodwill for the City of Virginia Beach and its residents and guests. Each year the Neptune Festival Committee from nominations submitted by the general public selects King Neptune. The selection committee weighs criteria such as demonstrated excellence in contributions and involvement in the quality of life in Virginia Beach, active participation in the activities of community life and an understanding of the spirit of the Neptune Festival.

About the Neptune Festival

The Virginia Beach Neptune Festival is a private, non-profit 501-C3 organization, producing over 40 events per year. The Festival has an annual operating budget of $2.1 million, which is derived through corporate sponsorships, admission tickets, merchandise sales, and site revenues. The high quantity and wide range of sponsors and non-profit partnerships contribute to the charitable, educational, cultural, recreational, and economic development of the Hampton Roads region. Events annually generate approximately $18 million in economic impact, approximately $700,000 of direct municipal taxes, and shares over $100,000 with partnering charitable organizations such as EQUI-KIDS, The Governor's School for the Arts, Toby's Dream Foundation, Achievable Dream Foundation, Virginia Beach Rotary, Town Center Kiwanis Club, Virginia Beach Police Foundation, Virginia Beach Jaycees, and Virginia Musical Theater, among others. The Festival has vast geographic coverage and is well respected in the special events industry as demonstrated by the consistent recognition of its flagship event Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend, as one of the Top 100 Events in North America by the ABA and among the Top 20 Events in the Southeastern US by the Southeast Tourism Society. Neptune Festival Boardwalk Weekend begins the last Friday of September and is among the largest annual events in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The weekend’s signature event, Neptune’s International Sandsculpting Championship is considered one of the largest and best competitions of its kind in the country. This year Boardwalk Weekend is September 29 – October 1.

For more information on the 44th Annual Neptune Festival, please call the Festival office at 757-498-0215 or 1-866-NEP-FEST. Visit us online at www.neptunefestival.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @NeptuneFestival.