24-hour fundraiser benefits Roanoke Valley non-profits

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) The 24-hour fundraiser Roanoke Valley Gives posted some impressive numbers Wednesday.

With about five hours to go, the online campaign had brought in more than $700,000 for non-profits in the Roanoke Valley.

"Roanoke Valley Gives Day is a great way for a lot of non-profits to raise awareness," said Dr. Elizabeth Martin a board member for Turn the Page, a literacy non-profit that works to put books in the hands of every child.

Roanoke Valley Gives and a special luncheon provided a fresh opportunity to rally support.

"It encourages people to give on a very special day," Martin told WDBJ7.

SARA Roanoke is the Roanoke Valley's sexual assault crisis center.
The organization set a goal of $5,000.

Teresa Berry is SARA's Executive Director.

"$5,000 for a small non-profit like ours can make a huge difference, can allow us to do some things, provide more services, get some of those things, do some things that a grant's not going to pay for," she said.

Feeding America Southwest Virginia focused on its Community Solutions Center on Melrose Avenue.

Now approaching its first anniversary, the center serves up hundreds of meals a day and prepares culinary students for careers.

Amanda Allen is the food bank's Marketing and Communications Coordinator.

"So we're taking a moment to focus on Roanoke for Roanoke Valley Gives Day and on the Community Solutions Center, which is a Roanoke project," she said.

By Wednesday evening, Roanoke Catholic School had raised more than $100,000. The school was holding a telethon in its cafeteria, manning a phone bank and encouraging supporters to push the total beyond $125,000.