The Roanoke Rescue Mission has entered into a new partnership with Blue Ridge Racing to handle the management of this year’s Drumstick Dash 5K Race and Family Walk.
The annual Thanksgiving Day event is Nov. 24, and early bird registration has already begun.
The Drumstick Dash is Rescue Mission’s largest annual fundraiser and supports its catering services.
“The Drumstick Dash is a long-standing Roanoke tradition, and I’m honored to be a part of its production. I look forward to implementing new ideas at the event so we can encourage even more people to move your feet so others can eat,” said Molly Bullington, owner of Blue Ridge Racing.
“We are thrilled to partner with Blue Ridge Racing so we can turn the Drumstick Dash into something bigger than a race – more than an event. With Molly handling the course logistics and the details of the race, the rescue mission can focus on the festivities surrounding the race,” Kevin Berry, Community Outreach/Mission Marketing Manager, added in an email.
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“We are thrilled to work with Molly and Blue Ridge Racing to build on a 17 year history for the Drumstick Dash. From the first Dash with just over 1,200 runners and walkers to over 10,000 today, the Dash is the region’s largest 5K, providing a fun and festive event that connects families and neighbors as they move their feet so others can eat. This 17th year will be the best yet,” echoed Mission CEO Lee Clark.
In conjunction with the City of Roanoke, the Drumstick Dash team is also working on a new route that will run through downtown Roanoke, much like the 2019 event and previous years. Additionally, the “Move your Feet Virtual Challenge” has been added to challenge individuals to walk at least one mile each day during the month of November.
In operation since 1948, the rescue mission provides vital services such as emergency shelter, food, medical care, and more. to those who need it.
For more information, contact Barry at 540-777-7683 or Bullington at 540-798-8495.
to help studentsThe Salem School Administration and School Board recently recognized Salem Area Ecumenical Ministries for their partnership with the school system.
In addition to establishing and funding student-run food pantries at Andrew Lewis Middle and Salem High Schools, SAEM provided nutrition education programs to more than 250 elementary students.
SAEM also recently awarded $4,500 in Healthy Communities Action Team fundraising awards to East Salem and GW Carver.
The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth awards are funded by a small portion of Virginia’s annual payments from the nation’s major tobacco companies through the Master Settlement Agreement.
Since the foundation’s inception in 2001, youth smoking in Virginia has been reduced by more than 75%. Each year, the foundation reaches approximately 50,000 children through classroom prevention programs in public schools, after-school programs and other community youth centers.
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named recipientsJames River High graduates Chase Minnix and Ella Wright and Lord Botetourt High graduate Sarah Hamblin share the sixth annual Bank of Botetourt “Taking Care of You” community scholarship.
Minnix, the first-place recipient, received $500 and plans to double major in business and finance at the University of Virginia; while Hamblin, the runner-up recipient, plans to double major in business and marketing with a minor in linguistics. She and Wright, the third place recipient, received $250. Wright plans to attend Creighton University and do major pre-physical therapy.
award scholarshipsThe Roanoke Kiwanis Club awarded $16,000 in scholarships to six graduating students from schools where the club sponsors key clubs – William Fleming, Patrick Henry, Cave Spring, Hidden Valley, Northside, Roanoke Catholic School and Faith Christian School.
Applicants were scored on financial need, community service, and academic achievement.
The winners, out of 28 applicants, participated in interviews and then were ranked to receive the $5,000 Stu and Margaret Franklin Prize, named after a former Kiwanis member and his wife who were benefactors of the Foundation. Roanoke Kiwanis; the $3,000 Henh Ly Prize, named in honor of a Kiwanis scholarship recipient who was killed in the 2008 shootings at Virginia Tech; and four prizes of $2,000.
PH graduate Ashton Tinsley was awarded the Franklin Fellowship. He plans to attend Liberty University for religious studies.
Fleming’s Treya Gunn was awarded the Ly scholarship and plans to attend James Madison University to study dentistry.
Parker Brown, winner of a $2,000 scholarship, graduated from Northside and plans to attend Virginia Military Institute to study psychology and exercise science.
Makayla Crowder, also the winner of a $2,000 scholarship, graduated from Northside and plans to study pediatric nursing at Liberty University.
Another $2,000 scholarship recipient, Janhya Henderson, is a graduate of Fleming and plans to attend Howard University where she will study business management.
Muneeba Rashid, also a Northside graduate, also received a $2,000 scholarship. She plans to attend Virginia Tech and study pre-med.
Young Artists Showcase Winners AnnouncedThe 2022 winners of the annual Roanoke Valley Sister Cities Young Artists Showcase have been announced.
The theme of the competition, open to students aged 13 to 18, was “Generation Rescue: Sustainable Water for All”. The winning pieces were submitted to Sister Cities International Young Artists Showcase for further judging.
Denzel Marufu, 18, a student at North Cross School, won the top prize of $300 for his “The Last Drops”.
Hannah Wheeler, 18, a student at Northside High School and Arnold R. Burton Technology Center, won second place $200 for “Giving Back.”
Third place was a tie between Jackson Patterson, 15, of North Cross and her “Every Water Drop” and Alaina Eliades, 17, also of North Cross and her “Happy Hour.” They each received $100.
Marufu and her North Cross art teacher, Amy Jackson, were also honored at the Roanoke Valley Sister Cities annual meeting in June.
win a scholarshipThe winner of the 2022 EventZone Scholarship for the Arts is Hunter Muddiman, a 2022 graduate of William Byrd High School who will enter Savannah College of Art and Design this fall.
He has received numerous state honors for his artwork and wishes to pursue a career as an artist with Walt Disney Imagineering in the future.
announcement of grantsThe Junior League of Roanoke Valley awarded $55,000 through three financial programs – Care That Counts, Community Focus Grant and Apel Family Grant.
The Community Focus Grant donated $15,000 to Center in the Square for the development and programming of its virtual “Get Schooled!” » videos of field trips; $5,000 to Family Promise of Greater Roanoke to assist with skill-building classes and enrichment opportunities for shelter residents; and $14,220 to the Roanoke Public Library Foundation for the “Feed, Read and Grow” – virtual lactation support group and resource center.
The Care that Counts Grant gave $5,780 to the Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council to provide programming and financial assistance to support 829 Girl Scouts; $5,000 to Girls on the Run for financial assistance to participants aged 30 to 45 in its positive youth development program based on physical activity; and $5,000 to the Presbyterian Community Center for its “Pathways for Youth” after-school program.
The Apel Family Grant gave $5,000 to Girl Scouts at Virginia Skyline to install a new water heater and well pump for Camp Icimani.
The Community Foundation provides grantsThe Community Foundation Serving Western Virginia recently awarded $100,000 of a private foundation grant to three Roanoke Valley nonprofit social service groups.
Family Service of Roanoke Valley, which provides a variety of mental health services to individuals and families, received $40,000 to support the Strengthen Youth Opportunity for Success program.
Feeding Southwest Virginia, the region’s largest charitable food relief provider, received $20,000 to support the Community Solutions Center’s meal production training program.
The Franklin County Free Clinic received $40,000 for its Medicaid expansion initiative, which provides basic medical care such as physical exams, diagnostic tests, treatment plans, referrals, health screenings, wellness, women’s wellness, health education, and prescription drugs to adults in the Franklin County area who are below 300% of the federal poverty guidelines and have no or little access to insurance.
The Community Foundation, which holds nearly $120 million in charitable assets, includes more than 360 permanent endowment funds and has awarded more than $60 million in grants to community institutions since its inception.
Contact JoAnne Poindexter at [email protected]