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The Muck Family

“Yes, count us all in!”

During the Muck family vacation, one of the kids had the wild idea of hiking Mt. Marcy, the tallest mountain in NY. The hike is 15 miles, 7.5 hours, and 3,574 feet in elevation. What? This is certainly a wild idea! “Yes, count us all in!” During the climb, we passed many other hikers, who offered bits of what to expect ahead and words of encouragement. This picture is at the end of the day, dirty and tired, but the smiles show we were so glad we did it!

The folks at GVCO are embarking on another wild idea with building the community center. It has taken and will continue to require a lot of hard work and determination, and help from others along the way is essential. When GVCO asked us to help with the Capital Campaign, of course, we said “Yes, count us all in!” All six of us have graduated from GVHS and we love Malvern. We see the GVCO Community Center as being a pinnacle in the lives of those of us lucky enough to call Great Valley home and we are sure it will bring smiles to all the faces from young to old in the community at the end of the day.

Keep climbing GVCO!
Wiley, Brian, Jill, Ellie, AJ, and Danny Muck

Molly & Chuck Chiccino

Having grown up in Malvern, graduated from Great Valley High School, and still East Whiteland residents, Chuck and Molly Chiccino have a huge interest in this community. "This area has expanded vastly over the past decade, and a sense of community is needed more than ever." The Great Valley area can only improve by having a place to gather and grow together, which the new center will provide. The possibilities are endless, and the Chiccinos can't wait to see it all unfold.

Chuck first got involved in GVCO by coaching his nephews, Jack and Ryan Barrow, in the GVFL program. He is now a football coach at Great Valley High School but has stayed involved in GVFL when possible. He currently serves on the GVFL Advisory Board. Molly works on Bacton Hill Rd and will have the opportunity to see the center's progress in real-time.

Donating to the Capitol Campaign feels like an investment in the heart and soul of Great Valley. "We all need a safe, central location where everyone is welcome and has every opportunity to get involved and engaged." The Chiccinos can't wait to see it and look forward to helping any way they can.

The Banavitch Family

The Great Valley Community Organization has been a part of Kathy & Mark’s life for the last 17 years. All 3 of their children, Allison, Owen & Ryan, participated in GVBL. Allison’s first job was at the snack shack, and the boys played GVFL as well. GVCO is where the whole family developed and fostered friendships that they know will last a lifetime. The organization has provided such a positive and safe outlet for their children that they knew they needed to Pay It Forward. Kathy & Mark Banavitch know of the positive impact GVCO had on their family, and they want future families to experience the same that is why it was so important for them to donate to the Capital Campaign. The possibilities are endless with the building of the new center, and both young and old will benefit, which will foster an even stronger sense of community.

KC & Josh Bacon

"I consider myself very lucky to have grown up with a program like GVBL & a place like GVCO ("the center.") I went from playing to reffing, to camp counselor, to "running" the summer league. I did not fully appreciate it all at the time, but I see now how much I got out of it - girls I am still friends with to this day, summer jobs, mentors, coaching experience, etc.

KC is one of the original girls that began playing in what has become GVBL & GVCO. KC has a very unique connection to GVCO because of her childhood & her appreciation & support of the organization that has grown over time. KC & her husband Josh are very excited about the variety of activities that will be available in the new community center. "There will be something for everyone there which is what a true "community" center should be."

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