United Way campaign kickoff Thursday in Roanoke

POSTED: 07:19 AM EDT Aug 22, 2013    UPDATED: 07:46 AM EDT Aug 22, 2013 
Smart Beginnings Greater Roanoke
ROANOKE, Va. -

The United Way of Roanoke Valley is hosting its campaign kick off at 5:00 p.m. at the Roanoke Special Events Center.

One group that sees the benefits of the United Way is Smart Beginnings Greater Roanoke, which works to make sure young children are ready to start school when the time comes.

The United Way event runs from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the Roanoke Special Events Center on Williamson Road in Roanoke.

It's open to the entire community, with free dinner from Kroger, games and fun.