About Abby Lockler

Hello, I am a Old Dominion University alum and the new Development Coordinator at VBSRM! I love coffee, dislike snakes, and can usually be found on a sailboat in my spare time. Long term career goals include starting my own non-profit to combat hunger by promoting sustainability in communities.Contact me at:

Meet in our Building on the Boardwalk

We want YOU to fill our newly renovated building with life and activity! For a limited time, the Surf & Rescue Museum will be opening its doors for a fun community outreach initiative. Local clubs and organizations are invited to use our space, free of charge, for meetings and small events! [...]

By |2019-02-10T14:35:44+00:00February 8th, 2019|Blog, Discover|0 Comments

Hello Again, I’m Abby!

Hello! I am writing today to introduce myself as the new Development Coordinator at the Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum.  My name is Abby Lockler and I was previously the Nonprofit Management and Fundraising Intern for the museum.  I am excited to be in this new position, helping to grow our historic building [...]

By |2019-02-01T11:56:41+00:00February 1st, 2019|Blog|1 Comment

The Jennie Hall Rescue

December 21, 1900 The night is cold and dark, and Captain Lawson of the Jennie Hall was tired of his continuing bad luck.. Throughout the trek from Trinidad,  his ship had hit storm after storm.  His crew of seven men, plus one stowaway discovered shortly after leaving port, had battled rough seas to get [...]

By |2019-01-24T13:08:51+00:00January 24th, 2019|Blog|1 Comment

Open New Doors with a Museum Membership!

Have you considered becoming a member at the Surf & Rescue Museum? Now is a fantastic time to establish or renew a membership! Becoming a member is one of the best ways to show your support of our museum's mission to honor, celebrate, and preserve Virginia's coastal history.  Membership is also a wonderful way [...]

By |2019-02-01T11:54:22+00:00January 18th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Members- Join us for a Tower Tour!

Join us for an exclusive guided tour in our historic Lookout Tower! Our 1903 building is home to the Lookout Tower- last remodeled in 1933.  The tower was used by Coast Guardsman as they worked diligently to protect the shores of Virginia Beach.  They would stand watch in the tower to keep an eye on [...]

By |2019-02-01T11:54:10+00:00January 11th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

#GivingTuesday is One Week Away!

This year the museum is participating in #GivingTuesday on November 27th. Donations will benefit the Internship Program, an important part of our educational programs!  One of the first group of interns to benefit from the newly created program came to the museum in Fall 2017. The following four interns all helped grow the museum [...]

By |2018-11-24T14:55:28+00:00November 20th, 2018|#GivingTuesday2018, Blog|0 Comments

Get Ready for Giving Tuesday

Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday. These are dates most of us have marked in our calendars, eagerly counting the days until we can eat that amazing home-cooked meal, or shop those deals we just can’t pass up. The end of November is a time of family, food, and fundraising.  Wait, fundraising? Yes, that’s right. [...]

By |2019-02-01T11:53:45+00:00November 13th, 2018|#GivingTuesday2018, Blog|0 Comments

The Intern on Instagram

This week, I found a new project! I will be taking over the museum’s Instagram account for the next few days.  I have only ever been on social media for my own personal use, so I am excited to learn more about posting for a museum. My goal will be to promote the Pig [...]

By |2019-02-01T11:53:35+00:00November 9th, 2018|#GivingTuesday2018, Blog|0 Comments

The Cold Call

My palms are sweaty, my hand shakes as I slowly dial one number, and then another.  Seven painful clicks later I raise the phone to my ear. RIIINNNNGGGGG, pause. RIIINNNNGGGGG, pause. I’m anxiously waiting. Wishing I hadn’t had quite so much caffeine this morning. RIIINNNNGGGGG, pause. Click. “Hello, we’re not available right now.  Please [...]

By |2018-11-24T14:57:21+00:00October 29th, 2018|#GivingTuesday2018, Blog|0 Comments

Intern Takeover: Abby

Hi! I’m Abby, VBSRM’s Fall 2018 Non-Profit Management and Fundraising intern! I started about a month ago and it has been quite the learning experience for me.  From cold-calling local businesses to sending massive email blasts, I have been thrust into the world of non-profit money raising. Being thrown into the deep end was [...]

By |2019-02-01T11:53:08+00:00October 3rd, 2018|#GivingTuesday2018, Blog|0 Comments