Bring your teddy bears to the ice rink for the Hokies game
ROANOKE (WSLS10) -- During a big rivalry game between the Virginia Tech and University of Virginia Ice Hockey teams Friday night, fans will have a chance to hit the ice...with teddy bears. The Virginia Tech Hockey team will ask all fans to bring teddy bears to throw on the ice every time they score. All teddy bears will be given to Gleaning for the World, a non-profit based in Concord that will distribute the stuffed animals to children in need around the world. Head Coach Joey Mullen says last year they received around 400 teddy bears. WSLS 10's Rachel Lucas will drop the ceremonial puck on the ice at the beginning of the game.
Golf course creates unique memorial to raise money for military families
DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – A Durham golf course is using a unique memorial to help to raise awareness and money for military families who have lost a loved one. The memorial may not look like much when you look at it at first, said Karl Kimball, director of golf operations at Hillandale Golf Course. "[There has been] a tremendous amount of comments from golfers," Kimball said. The memorial draws attention to Hillandale's participation in "Patriot Golf," a fundraising weekend each Labor Day weekend that raises money for the "Folds of Honor Foundation." "This is one opportunity that we can really display our patriotism by being involved with the lives of the children who have lost somebody," Kimball said.
Massive yard sale to make a difference in Roanoke Valley and beyond
ROANOKE (WSLS) - Set up is underway for a massive annual yard sale that makes a difference near and far through Global Partners in Peace and Development. A hundred percent of the money raised at the sale will go to those living in extreme poverty around the world and in the Roanoke Valley. Organizers say people are so generous in giving the items that are for sale. Once the sale is over on Saturday volunteers will start collecting donations for 2016's sale. If you would like to support Proceeds for Poverty stop by Rainbow Forest Baptist Church at 1338 Rainbow Forest Dr. Troutville August 13th – 15th.
Special needs students are "stars" at Roanoke Children's Theatre camp
ROANOKE (WSLS) - The Roanoke Children's Theatre has opened its stage for a summer camp that's making a difference. Dozens of students with special needs are partnered with buddies for the second annual Kaleidoscope Camp. It's a full theatre camp offered for free for students with special needs. Campers perform for their families at the end of the week, on Saturday. Organizers say hopefully next year they can add another week of Kaleidoscope Camp.
Greene Memorial UMC expands youth mission effort in Roanoke
(ROANOKE WSLS 10) - Dozens of students from all over the country are making the Roanoke Valley home for a week to make a difference for those in our community. Greene Memorial United Methodist Church is hosting a youth mission with 30 groups of students across the nation. The porch looks so much better, look at it, you should've seen it before," said Maurice Woody, the homeowner's nephew. "We went to visit a site before they came and the lady opens the door and she started crying, and she said I feel like I just won publishers clearinghouse," recalls Debbie Brown, Greene Memorial United Methodist Church Director of Discipleship. Two years ago Greene Memorial hosted a youth mission day, so this is the first time students have worked in the community for an entire week.
Botetourt County golf tournament raises money for veteran trip
BOTETOURT COUNTY (WSLS 10) - Saturday, July 11th golfers will tee off for the first ever Honor Tour Tournament at Ashley Plantation. Through the tournament the goal is to raise $8,000 to send dozens of local veterans on an all-expense paid trip to Washington DC to visit national war memorials. General Manager of Ashley Plantation, Peter Gardner, came up with the idea after hearing on the news about a similar fundraiser out west. Even if you don't play golf you can still help make the trip a reality. Simply call the Ashley Plantation clubhouse and sponsor a veteran for $250.
Hundreds celebrate Camden's 10th birthday balloon bash
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Franklin County girl donates pet food for birthday
FRANKLIN COUNTY (WSLS) - A Franklin County girl's birthday is going to the cats and dogs again. For the third year 8-year-old Jordyn Webb collected pet supplies for the Franklin County Humane Society at her birthday party. The little girl comes in often and plays with the shelter kittens. "Jordan is a special little girl. Staff says Jordyn's food donation frees up money to be spent on medical care for the shelter animals.
Husband, sons continue to Race for the Cure after losing wife, mother to breast cancer
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K, 10K and one-mile walk are just around the corner and WSLS 10 is a proud sponsor of this year's event. WSLS 10 Anchor Dawn Jefferies helps a Roanoke man tell his story of keeping his late wife's memory alive through Race for the Cure. ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - Calvin Smith and his wife Kim became involved with Race for the Cure after Kim was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. After her diagnosis, Calvin said Kim became involved in the organization's programs and found comfort in its support groups. Join WSLS 10 Anchors Dawn Jefferies and Lindsey Ward on April 25 as they emcee the Race at River's Edge Sports Complex in Roanoke.
Virginia Tech architecture students continue building in Alleghany Highlands
Last year's architecture students at Virginia Tech completed the design and construction of the field house. Now, current students apart of the design/build LAB are working on two new baseball fields with dug outs and a press box. Little League leaders say the design/build LAB students are making the goal of hosting state tournaments in the future a reality. "With these additional fields [in Sharon] and in Clifton Forge I can only see brighter things," explained Gary Price, President of Clifton Forge Little League. This is the fifth project architecture students have worked on in the Covington and Clifton Forge areas.