USO of Hampton Roads and the Virginia Zoo Host
“Military Appreciation at the Zoo” is part of Fleet Week 2007

Come join the USO of Hampton Roads on Sunday, October 14th from 10am to 4pm for a day of fun at the Virginia Zoo.

As part of Fleet Week 2007, the USO of Hampton Roads and the Virginia Zoo are proud to honor military heroes and their families by offering a day of children’s games, music, face painting, clowns, inflatable rides and military demonstrations. This year's event is sponsored by Dominion.

Free admission to the Zoo and festivities with proper ID for active duty, retired military, DOD Civilians, reserve/guard members and immediate family.

The Virginia Zoo is located on Granby Street in Downtown Norfolk.


For directions and more information on the Virginia Zoo visit their website at

USOHR Participates in United Way Day of Caring at the VA Medical Hospital in Hampton
Josie Rusia
VP Business Operations, USOHR

VA Medical Center (September 7, 2007)--The USO of Hampton Roads participated in the annual “Day of Caring” through United Way of the Virginia Peninsula by visiting the Veteran's Hospital in Hampton.

The Annual Day of Caring is about neighbor helping neighbor with individuals from local businesses and military installations rolling up their sleeves to help improve conditions or provide services at area non-profit agencies.  The agencies rely heavily on the power of Day of Caring volunteers to help accomplish these tasks.

This year a record number of volunteers (95) from Newport News Redevelopment and Housing, NASA at Langley, USS Theodore Roosevelt, and a large group from Ferguson Enterprises showed our hospitalized veterans how much we care about them.

The Day started with one-on-one interaction with the patients in the morning and finished with a picnic in the afternoon with plenty of food and entertainment.  Volunteers and veterans alike had a great time! 

The USO of Hampton Roads would like thank all the participants who came out and spent their time with our “Heroes”. Special thanks also goes to Joe Lewis and the VA Medical Hospital staff for making this "Day of Caring" the most memorable one to date.

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USO of Hampton Roads Opens New Center

The USOHR celebrated the month of September by welcoming Ann Morris (pictured right)who has been busy opening a new Center at the Naval Mobilization Processing Site (NMPS) on Norfolk Naval Base.

The Site is where Naval Reserve Personnel are processed in when called to active duty and is a great place for a new USO Center.

Ann has been busy with over 1,200 visitors already who have been treated to snacks, drinks, movies, video games, and plenty of goodwill. She also passed out tickets to several events off base that have been supplied by local venues for troops that were greatly appreciated by all.

ADM Gary Roughhead, who is taking over as the new Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), stopped by to say hello, talk to the sailors, and see what the Center has to offer.

Ann appreciates all the hard work and dedication of all those who have helped in getting the center into operation and looks forward to many years of great USO times.


Shop for a Cause at Macy's
Save money and donate to the USO of HR

The USO of Hampton Roads is participating in the Macy’s Shop for a Cause Community Event on Saturday, October 13th, 2007.

Buy a shopping ticket from us and use all day from 9am-10pm at any Macy's store or online at

Everyone who buys a Shopping Pass Ticket ($5/each) receives:
-20% off fashion and accessory items
-10% off furniture and home store items
-A coupon for $10 off any one purchase
-An opportunity to register to win a $500 Macy's shopping spree!
Exclusions apply. Details are on the shopping pass.

All ticket sales proceeds directly benefit the USO of Hampton Roads.

To purchase a ticket please visit any USOHR Center or call Ruth at 757-788-4982.


USOHR Sponsor Presents "Bikers for Tykes"

Rev your engines Virginia Beach! GEICO Motorcycle presents the "Bikers for Tykes Motorcycle Rally 2007" on Saturday, October 27.

GEICO Regional Office-- 1345 Perimeter Parkway, Virginia Beach, VA 23454

This family-friendly event will include country, rock, and rhythm and blues music, with a special performance by The Fabulous Thunderbirds. "Bikers for Tykes" will feature top-of-the-line motorbikes and parts from the best known motorcycle makers in the industry. Motorcycle displays and safety venues will be set up throughout the day for bike enthusiasts.

Continue the excitement of the local event by going online to the Bikers for Tykes auction. Participants may bid on unique sporting events, a custom-designed motorcycle from “Big Rick” Hoffman, and other exciting items.

The concert will benefit the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters in Virginia Beach.

GEICO Motorcycle welcomes everyone to enjoy a day of motorcycles and music!

Please visit for more info.


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"Brats Baby!"
On September 11th the Farm Fresh on Rt-17 in Suffolk hosted the Johnsonville Big Taste grill on location. The USOHR was invited to come out and help sell grilled Bratwurst with all of the proceeds going to USOHR to support its mission. We were able to raise over $700.00! Our thanks to both Farm Fresh and Johnsonville for their great support of the our troops!

Center Updates

  • NMPS USO Center is open! We would like to welcome Ann Morris to the USOHR Family. Ann really cares about the helping our military members and is a welcome addition to the staff.
  • Huntington Hall USO Center renovations are almost completed. All the rooms have had the trim and walls painted, the floors waxed and with the arrival of the furniture, things are looking pretty good. We have one more detail to accomplish, some tiling in a third room and we'll be finished. A big “Thank You" goes to USA Discounters for the new furniture donated in this center. It looks great and the sailors have been raving about the couches being so comfortable!

Special Thanks

  • To all our all our sponsors both new and old for all their support this past year. We are looking forward to another great year!
  • To Nelson Funeral Home for their wonderful collection of items that were used in all our centers and also sent over to our deployed service members. We really appreciate all your support!

Upcoming Events
(For more information about events, please call 757-788-4984 or visit 


October 2007

October 13 or 14
Kings Dominion Armed Forces FearFeast

Kings Dominion

October 14
Military Appreciation Day at Virginia Zoo



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