VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- Bruce Thompson is known as the man behind major projects like The Main hotel in downtown Norfolk and the soon-to-open Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach.
“This is a special place. There’s nothing like in it in the United States,” he told 13News Now during a tour for his latest project on Sunday afternoon.
It’s called JT’s Camp Grom and is located at 115 Prosperity Road in Virginia Beach.
“We’ve been working on it for three years. This is the 15-acre main campus. It’s a 70-acre project.”
JT’s Camp Grom is named after Thompson’s son, Josh, who has been battling ALS.
The camp, built on monetary donations from residents of the community, will be a recreational facility for wounded war heroes, their families, and a place for children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities.
“On the back side over here is the cable wakeboarding platform, so that if you’re a quadriplegic, you can go out and doing it,” described Thompson.
On Sunday, Diamond Resorts International and a group called The Virginia Gentlemen Foundation brought in country music singer Cole Swindell, to perform for JT’s Camp Grom donors and sponsors.
While construction is already underway for the facility, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year, $1 million is still needed.
“There’s 47,000 wounded veterans in the Hampton Roads area and 110,000 children with disabilities in the area. This will service their needs.”
Thompson has been hosting the JT Walk and Country Music Beach Festival for the last 10 years, which has raised $3 million for ALS research.
It takes place on October 8 this year, at which time Thompson hopes to raise attention funds for the camp.
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