24-hour fundraiser surpasses $800,000 goal

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) More than 160 non-profits asked for support and the people of the Roanoke Valley responded.

The 24-hour fundraiser, "Roanoke Valley Gives," ended Wednesday night at 11:59. And organizers say they are ecstatic, the annual on-line campaign brought in more than $820,000.

Carly Oliver is the Chief Operating Officer of the Community Foundation Serving Western Virginia.

"We live in a generous community," Oliver told WDBJ7. "I mean $800,000 plus. It doesn't get any better than that."

Wednesday's outage on Facebook made it more difficult to spread the word, but organizers say the non-profits' hard work before this week kept the fundraiser on track.