Memorial ride to be held in Adam Ward and Alison Parker's honor, golf tournament canceled

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) UPDATE: Rain has washed out the Adam and Alison Memorial Golf Tournament. The morning flight played three holes Friday morning before heavy rain moved through and soaked Blue Hills Golf Club.

Event organizers plan to hold the tournament again next year. Proceeds benefit scholarships in memory of Adam Ward and Alison Parker.

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Starting Friday, two events will be going on to honor the lives of WDBJ7’s Alison Parker and Adam Ward.

The first is the Second Annual Adam and Alison Golf Tournament. The first tee time was scheduled for 8 a.m. and the second was for 1:30 p.m. Because of the rain, the afternoon tee time will be canceled. The morning tee time is now rescheduled for the afternoon.

The tournament is being held at Blue Hills Golf Club and benefits the Adam Ward Scholarship at Salem High School and the For Alison Foundation.

The Adam Ward Scholarship is a $5,000 scholarship for a Salem High School senior who is just like Adam.

Tommy McDonald, Salem Educational Foundation President, said, “The criteria is Adam-like qualities -- the type of person that Adam was, friendly to everybody, always very outgoing, an overachiever not only in the classroom but also on the athletic field.”

The For Alison Foundation started this March, and its goal is to give children arts opportunities in southern Virginia. The foundation has already started making an impact by donating camera equipment to Martinsville High School and sponsoring scholarships for the Roanoke Symphony Camp.

Barbara Parker, Alison's mother, said, “To be such a new organization I think we've really accomplished a lot and will touch a lot of children this year.”

Andy Parker said, “And as long as we are active and doing the things that we're doing, her memory will still be with everyone.”

People can walk-on for both start times on Friday. It’s $60 per golfer or $240 per foursome.

This Saturday, Star City Riders will be holding the second annual memorial ride in their honor.

In its first year, the event raised $4,000 and they hope to double it this year. The money goes to the Alison Parker Memorial Scholarship at JMU. They also donate money in Adam Ward's name at Virginia Tech. They're hoping to have 700 bikes and cars out for Saturday's event.

Kenny Craig, with Star City Riders, said, “This is not about any one vendor or one motorcycle club. This is about the two wonderful souls that were lost in a tragedy.”

The event starts Saturday at 10 a.m. in front of Burlington Coat Factory in Roanoke. The ride begins at noon and should take about an hour. It's $15 per rider or $20 if you have a passenger. The event runs until 4 p.m. T-shirts will also be available.