State and community leaders gathered to show their support as Haynes Furniture made a $5,000 donation to the Virginia Beach tragedy fund.
Virginia Beach Vice Mayor James Wood, former Mayor Will Sessoms, Delegate Jason Miyares and Reverend Joel Palser, chaplain and vice president of ministry relations at the Christian Broadcasting Network, met today at the Haynes company headquarters on Virginia Beach Boulevard.
There, EJ and Randi Strelitz, CEO and executive vice president of Haynes Furniture, pledged $5,000 to help the victims, families and other members of the community affected by the tragedy at the Virginia Beach municipal center on May 31st.
“This is the darkest chapter in our history. We are all heartbroken,” Del. Miyares said. “We just appreciate Haynes stepping up to support the community with this effort. This is a way for Virginia Beach to rally together and rise above this tragedy.”
In addition to the $5,000 company donation, the Haynes locations in Virginia Beach, Newport News and Richmond reported over $5,000 received so far in combined employee and public donations in just seven hours on Wednesday.
In exchange for their contribution, donors receive a Love for VB T-shirt. Supplies of the T-shirt in most sizes had been exhausted by mid-afternoon on Wednesday. More T-shirts will be arriving on Thursday.
This past week Virginia Beach was struck with an unimaginable tragedy, leaving 12 families to bury their loved ones. For some Virginia Beach is just an annual vacation spot, but for this tight knit community, we pride ourselves on our love for this city and in the safety we all deserve to feel. Because Virginia Beach is our home, we stand with all of you in support of our family, friends, and neighbors whose lives were forever changed by last week’s violence.
Haynes has partnered with the United Way of South Hampton Roads to show support for all impacted by these horrific events. Starting June 5th, everyone who visits a Haynes location in Virginia Beach, Newport News and Richmond, and donates to the Virginia Beach Tragedy Fund, will receive a special T-shirt that expresses our mutual love for Virginia Beach and Virginia. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the victims and their families. Proudly wear our VB Strong shirt to support not only this resilient city, but the entire state. Let your support shine through for the lives taken too early as we ensure these families are taken care of during this heartbreaking time.
“It’s a core part of our mission to support and give back to our community.” says E.J. Strelitz, CEO of Haynes Furniture. “More importantly, Virginia Beach is our family’s home and company’s headquarters. It’s where hundreds of our employees and their families live, as well.”
Come to any Haynes location to participate in helping these families by donating. Violence won’t break this community; we are and always have been about love. Love will always win. #VBStrong
Because Virginia is our home, our hearts are always with the people of Virginia first. Haynes continues to be a major philanthropic supporter of causes in the Richmond, Hampton Roads and Virginia Peninsula communities. The entire Strelitz family, carries on the tradition of giving back through their direct involvement with many local charitable organizations that enrich and serve the entire area, including the Strelitz Diabetes Research Institute and the Strelitz Early Childhood Education Center.
Haynes wrapped up the 2017 holiday season with our annual Big Thank You giveaway.
With the aftermath of the hurricane season still lingering in everyone’s minds, we donated nearly $30,000 to the American Red Cross to help fund ongoing relief efforts across the nation.
We were also delighted to present one lucky Haynes customer and the deserving family of a local military veteran with $5,000 of furniture from Haynes.
In 2015, Haynes held our first ever Big Thank You holiday giveaway and it was a resounding success! Haynes customers dropped the name of their favorite charity in stores and the one with the most votes earned a $10,000 donation.
The charity with the most votes was Hope for Life Rescue of Virginia Beach. We were proud to help Hope for Life Rescue provide necessary care to homeless and neglected animals in Hampton Roads.
(And thanks to all their great work, they were named the #1 nonprofit in Coastal Virginia by Coastal Virginia Magazine!)
Haynes and The Dump sponsored Navy veteran and Virginia Beach native Rodney Hahn in his quest to hold the Guinness World Record for most pull-ups in 24 hours.
Since Haynes was founded in Norfolk, Virginia over 120 years ago, we’ve taken pride in honoring our roots by giving back to our Navy community.
We feel tremendous gratitude for the fact that our customers have made us the #1 furniture store in Virginia.
The Big Give event in March 2016 was a chance for the Strelitz family and the entire Haynes employee family to give back to the community we love.
Our customers voted St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital as their charity of choice, and so Haynes made a $5,000 gift to St. Jude’s.
During the 2016 holiday season, Haynes had the privilege of sponsoring our second annual Big Thank You holiday charity giveaway.
After all was said and done, Haynes customers voted Richmond-based Here2Hear as their favorite charity this year! Here2Hear is a not-for-profit organization that provides free and low cost services related to hearing healthcare for children and adults in the Richmond metro area.
Congratulations to Here2Hear and thank you for all that you do to support hearing health programs in Virginia!
Jim McKinney was our Director of Loss Prevention and Security for two decades. During his son Jay’s battle with cancer, the Haynes team came together to offer support for Jay and his young family. At our Polar Plunge at the Virginia Beach oceanfront in March 2017, the Strelitz family pledged a sum of $7500 to match the funds raised by the dozens of plunge participants and their families and friends. Donations continued to come in even after the plunge portion of the event had ended, bringing the final total raised to $22,456. It was a gift of love for a team member and his family, who will always be dear to our hearts.