​The Virginia Beach Neptune Festival Welcomes Eight New Board Members

The Virginia Beach Neptune Festival Welcomes Eight New Board Members

Virginia Beach, VA: The Virginia Beach Neptune Festival announces the addition of eight new members to its Board of Directors. Each will serve a three-year renewable term. A total of 40 area business leaders make up the Neptune Festival Board. Festival President Nancy Creech made the announcement.

  • Maryellen Baldwin, President, Hampton Roads Navy League
  • David L. Bernd, CEO Emritus, Sentara Healthcare
  • Christopher “Kit” Chope, Vice-President, Sustainability, Virginia Port Authority
  • Jacqui Lewis, Sales Associate, Athleta
  • R. Preston Midgett,II, President, Jungle Golf of Virginia Beach, Inc.
  • Patrick Shuler, Partner, Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP
  • Brad Van Dommelen, Director, Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Stella Waltz, Co-Owner, JES Foundation Repair

  • 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 2017 is Friday, September 29th – Sunday, October 1st and is among the largest annual special 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. For more information on the 44th Annual Neptune Festival, please call the Festival office at 757-498-0215 or 1-866-NEP-FEST or visit www.neptunefestival.com.