Azalea Charities, Inc. is a non-profit organization that raises funds to support a dual mission. Nationally and internationally, we focus on Aid for Wounded Warriors. We also support youth and special needs projects in our local Northern Virginia area. We publicize our efforts with these charities so people know that 100% of their donations go to causes that make a difference in the lives of those in need.
An all-volunteer organization
Azalea Charities is made up of 100% volunteers who donate their time and talents because they believe in the mission of Azalea Charities. Beyond minimal expenses, all the funds we raise go to charitable causes. As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, we work with four officers and a volunteer board of 38 men and women within our local communities. Many of our directors and members are retired from the military, which explains our international commitment to Aid for Wounded Warriors. Azalea Charities is based in Prince William County, VA, cementing our service to causes from Arlington to Fredericksburg, Virginia.
A history of helping worthy causes
The idea for Azalea Charities originated with Frank Lasch and Larry Pergerson, who organized a telethon in October 1997 to benefit the Girl Scouts, Boys & Girls Clubs, local homeless shelters and other community groups. The next spring, Lasch and Pergerson organized a charity golf tournament on a golf course resplendent with azaleas in bloom. The Azalea Classic Pro-Am Invitational Golf Classic was inaugurated in April 1999, with the support of two major sponsors, developer Dean Morehouse and banker Gary Martin. This tournament has been a cornerstone of Azalea Charities’ fund-raising efforts ever since.
In June 2004, Azalea Charities began Aid for Wounded Warriors. This effort has gained worldwide attention through international contributors and cooperation with charitable organizations in other countries.
Azalea Charities raises funds through membership fees, private donations and sponsorships of special events such as the Marine Corps Marathon and the Azalea Classic Pro-Am Invitational Golf Classic. Our financial support helps worthwhile organizations and their dedicated staffs spend less time on fundraising and more time on programs that produce positive results.
Community Charities from Arlington to Fredericksburg, VA
- Special Olympics
- Boys and Girls Clubs
- Homeless Shelters
- Cancer and Disease Support
- Special needs
Aid for Wounded Warriors (AWW)
- Outreach to VA and Military Hospitals
- Quality of Life Foundation – supporting the needs of caregivers
- Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center to aid our amputee and TBI-PTSD recuperating heroes
- Fisher Houses – family housing during hospital stay of a loved one
- Service Dogs – to help TBI/PTSD victims
- Partner Organizations – complementing our own mission
- Veterans of WWII, Korea and other conflicts
- International wounded