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Ashburn video company highlights NFL-player charity

Pictured is Rocky McIntosh being filmed by Baron Cruz.Photo Courtesy/Baron Cruz
Baron Cruz, founded by Ashburn resident Jeff Olympia, recently completed a video documentary about the locally based charity A Gran Foundation and their 2nd Annual Celebrity Server and NFL Day Draft event.

A Gran Foundation works with local schools to provide mentorships to empower kids and help strengthen their physical and mental well-being. The organization was started by former Washington Redskins linebacker Rocky McIntosh and his wife, Alessia.

“The foundation was started three years ago and the idea was to help area schools in need of support. They found the one school in Virginia that had the largest number of subsidized lunches. It was in Manassas,” Olympia said.

A Gran Foundation works with the kids at that school to provide after school tutoring and learning opportunities. As a reward, the program plans field trips which offer additional learning, such as attending a robotics competition. So far, the program has seen an increase in the test scores for the students participating.

To raise money to support their programs, A Gran Foundation organized its 2nd annual celebrity server dinner.

“People really enjoyed the event,” Olympia said. “It was something different and allowed a lot of people to get involved.”

Some of the celebrity dinner servers included Reed Doughty, Charles Mann, Branden Mariweather and Antwaan Randle. There were also unique silent auction items, such as a John Wall signed jersey and a Calvin Johnson signed jersey.

“People enjoyed supporting the cause in an intimate environment,” Olympia said.

Olympia has been working with several other clients based in Loudoun County, including Yellow Ribbons United, a military focused charity founded by former NFL player Derrick Dockery. He also works with White & Ivory Fine Jewelers in Leesburg and Inner Power Yoga Studio in Sterling.

“We help our clients build their brand with video content as the vehicle,” Olympia said. With millions of people turning to online video as a source for information, Olympia is finding this an effective way for businesses to reach their customers.

“The videos are the means for telling the story,” Olympia said. To see Baron Cruz’s latest videos, visit their Facebook page or http://www.baroncruz.com.


Hi Steve-

Yes, Rocky plays for Detroit. But, his home is here in Northern Virginia. Here is the video https://vimeo.com/95519836


Nice to see Rocky giving back to the community! Doesn’t he play for Detroit? When is the video coming out?

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