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Rescue Mission Announces Official Start to 12th Annual Drumstick DASH

After a record-breaking race in 2016, registration is now live at drumstickdash.net for the 2017 Union Drumstick DASH. This year’s event will be the 12th annual Thanksgiving Day 5K through downtown Roanoke. The race is the Rescue Mission’s largest fundraiser, inviting participants to “Move Your Feet So Others Can Eat.” It has attracted as many as 15,000 runners and walkers and become a treasured Thanksgiving Day tradition for families.

Last year’s DASH racked up several awards and smashed fundraising records, bringing in more than $265,000. It was recently voted by readers of The Roanoker Magazine to receive the top Platinum Award as the “Can’t Miss Local Charity Event.” Virginia Living Magazine readers voted Drumstick DASH the “Best Regional Charity Event” in Southwest Virginia.

“We are so blessed that the Drumstick DASH is so well-loved in our community,” says Race Director Uneita Mathews. “The Rescue Mission served more than 225,000 meals to hungry families and individuals last year, and the DASH helps make that possible.”

2017 participants are urged to take advantage of the special Early Bird discount before registration fees increase after September 15.

In a related event, the Rescue Mission is hosting its’ annual DASH Turkey Drawing Contest this weekend at the Taubman Museum of Art’s Sidewalk Art Show. Young artists are encouraged to visit the museum’s atrium this Saturday and Sunday and draw their most creative turkey—the winner will adorn the coveted DASH t-shirt.

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The Rescue Mission of Roanoke, located at 402 Fourth Street SE, is a 501(C)(3) grassroots organization serving as a Christian Crisis Intervention Center for Southwestern Virginia. Receiving no government funding of any kind, the Rescue Mission is supported by the generous donations of our community partners. Since 1948, The Rescue Mission has consistently served all people in need regardless of race, creed, gender, age, or ethnicity. For more information about the Rescue Mission, please visit www.rescuemission.net, or call (540) 343-7227.

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    With a goal of helping homeless guests attain self-sufficiency more quickly, the Rescue Mission announces the opening of two new Day Resource Centers on its 4th Street campus. The public is invited to tour the new facilities at an Open House this Thursday, May 25th from 1:00pm-2:30pm.

    “As the Rescue Mission seeks to empower those in crisis to live healthy, independent lives, the new Day Resource Centers will provide unprecedented access to Case Management services at the Mission,” says Rescue Mission CEO Lee Clark. “The resources provided in these Centers, together with those shared from our many collaborative partners, will build confidence and dignity for those we serve, resulting in enhanced outcomes and a stronger community.”

    Housed in the Men’s Shelter and the Women and Children’s Center, each Day Resource Center boasts centralized case management offices, computer stations for job and housing searches, charging stations, telephones, and storage lockers and closets for day use. The Men’s Shelter will also feature a new laundry facility and the Women and Children’s Center has a space for children to watch educational videos and play games while parents meet with a case manager.

    “If nothing else, the storage space alone is significant for our guests,” says Clark. “To be able to walk into a job interview without having to carry your duffel bag containing all your personal belongings will remove the stigma of appearing homeless and give an added boost of confidence.”

    In recognition of the Rescue Mission’s services to the region, the mayors of Roanoke City and the City of Salem and the Chairman of the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors have issued proclamations declaring the month of May as Rescue Mission Month.

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    The Rescue Mission of Roanoke, located at 402 Fourth Street SE, is a 501(C)(3) grassroots organization serving as a Christian Crisis Intervention Center for Southwestern Virginia. Receiving no government funding of any kind, the Rescue Mission is supported by the generous donations of our community partners. Since 1948, The Rescue Mission has consistently served all people in need regardless of race, creed, gender, age, or ethnicity. For more information about the Rescue Mission, please visit www.rescuemission.net, or call (540) 343-7227.

  • Wear your Drumstick DASH T-shirt to Work to Support the Rescue Mission

    What’s better than Casual Friday? Casual Friday in your Drumstick DASH t-shirt, of course! This Thanksgiving morning, thousands of runners and walkers will gather in Downtown Roanoke for the 11th annual Drumstick DASH. With only four weeks to go, the Rescue Mission is asking previous participants to build the hype for a new decade of DASH by wearing their favorite DASH t-shirt on Friday, November 4.

    “Some people have been with the Drumstick DASH since the beginning and have 10 shirts to pick from!” says Race Director Uneita Mathews. “We hope a lot of people will show their support and spirit on November 4th and encourage others to make the DASH their Thanksgiving tradition.”

    The Rescue Mission is asking people to post a picture of themselves in their favorite DASH shirt on their social media pages or by tagging the Rescue Mission on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@rescuemission48).

    November 14th is the deadline to register early for the DASH and guarantee a t-shirt size, but registration continues right up to race day. People can register in person or online at drumstickdash.net.

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    The Rescue Mission of Roanoke, located at 402 Fourth Street SE, is a 501(C)(3) grassroots organization serving as a Christian Crisis Intervention Center for Southwestern Virginia. Receiving no government funding of any kind, the Rescue Mission is supported by the generous donations of our community partners. Since 1948, The Rescue Mission has consistently served all people in need regardless of race, creed, gender, age, or ethnicity. For more information about the Rescue Mission, please visit www.rescuemission.net, or call (540) 343-7227.

  • Rescue Mission Invites Public to Pick Prized Turkey

    In June, children from all over the area drew their best turkeys at the Taubman Museum of Art’s Sidewalk Art show, with the hope of having their drawing selected as the new logo for the 2016 Drumstick DASH t-shirt. This year, the Rescue Mission collected 59 drawings – only one will be picked as the prized turkey that will adorn this year’s t-shirt.

    New this year, all entries will be featured at 2nd Helpings Gallery for the entire month of August. On August 20, the public is invited to a special reception to vote for their favorite drawing from among the top 10 finalists. The winner will be announced at the end of the reception and have their picture taken with the DASH mascot.

    “The Drumstick DASH is an event that brings our community together for the good of others – the t-shirt design contest is a fun way to get the younger members involved,” says Drumstick DASH Race Director Uneita Mathews.

    This year is the 11th annual Drumstick DASH. The popular Thanksgiving Day 5K has grown to be the largest race in Roanoke. Participants can register now for this year’s event at drumstickdash.net. Last year, about 13,000 runners and walkers raced around Downtown Roanoke and raised more than $251,000 for the Rescue Mission. “We are entering a new decade of moving our feet so others can eat,” says Mathews. “We hope the DASH will continue to grow to help support the Rescue Mission.”

    The drawings will be on display at 2nd Helpings Gallery starting August 1. The reception and voting will be from 1-3pm on Saturday, August 20th with 2nd Helpings Café providing complimentary refreshments.

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    2nd Helpings, a ministry of the Roanoke Rescue Mission, is located at 1502 Williamson Road. An upscale resale shop, an art gallery representing local artists, and an eclectic café combine to make the 2nd Helpings experience one you will enjoy. All profits made at 2nd Helpings go to The Rescue Mission to help serve all people in need regardless of race, creed, gender, age, or ethnicity. For more information about 2nd Helpings, please visit www.2ndhelpings.org, or call (540) 491-9409. For information about the Rescue Mission, please visit www.rescuemission.net or call (540) 343-7227.

     

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