Support Your Community on Roanoke Valley Gives Day March 18!

Roanoke Valley Gives Day (3.18.2020) is fast approaching!  

This annual event is designed to inspire those who love the Roanoke Valley to invest in nonprofit organizations making a difference locally! Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation is among those participating and we would love to have you, your friends, colleagues, and family help support our mission of protecting our history, promoting preservation, and contributing toward a prosperous community. 
Our goal is $5,000 and we are counting on you to make this day a success!!

You can be a part of the largest day of giving in the Roanoke Valley for as little as $10!  Simply make your donation on RVPF’s Roanoke Valley Gives page at
now through 11:59 p.m. on March 18th

We’re eligible for incentive prizes through the challenges listed below! Donations must be submitted through our RV Gives page


In It to Win It:  If we reach or surpass our goal of $5,000, Roanoke Children’s Theatre will be entered to win a dollar for dollar match up to $15,000!

Midnight Madness:  This is for all you night owls!  A donation made between 12:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m. on March 18th will be randomly selected and enhanced by $1,000.

Medium Leaderboard:  Most dollars raised among medium nonprofit organizations with 1st place winning $5,000; 2nd place winning $3,000; and 3rd place winning $2,000.

Power Hours:  $500 to the organization with the most donations during specified hours throughout March 18th.

Far, Far, Away:  The donation with the farthest verified address from Roanoke will be enhanced by $250!


Busy that day and worried you’ll forget?
Donations may be prescheduled NOW at https://www.rvgives.org/organizations/roanoke-valley-preservation-foundation
Best of all, your gift will still count toward the incentive prize challenges!

Cotton Clouds Film Premiere at The Grandin Theatre Tuesday, March 26 at 7:15pm!

The COTTON CLOUDS premiere is Tuesday, March 26th and is open to the public. Show time begins at 7:15 pm. Admission is $5 General Admission for everyone, and is a fundraiser for the Grandin Theatre Film Lab.

In the summer of 2018, the Grandin Theatre Foundation launched a first time project over the summer. Pairing teenage student filmmakers with actual film industry professionals (Dave Perry, Jenna Giannini, Kathryn Hatam, Ben Mullen), this afterschool program set out to make a twenty-minute period piece featuring no dialogue. The Grandin Theatre Film Lab is a program for high school aged students who come to Grandin and learn the process of filmmaking, screenwriting, editing, production, and promotion. The summer project, COTTON CLOUDS, will premiered at the Grandin Theatre on Tuesday, March 26th at 7:15 pm.

The film is set in 1912 Roanoke, Virginia, and features a young girl who struggles to help provide for her family by working in the exhausting conditions of a cotton mill, while still holding on to the optimism of childhood. The original script written by 19-year old writer and director Chloe Shelton from Salem was inspired by the famous photographs by Lewis Hine, who documented child workers that had become the exploited, cheap, laborers upon which America depended.

Roanoke Valley Gives!

Join the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation this Wednesday, March 13 for Roanoke Valley Gives! We’ll be raising money online to finance interpretive markers for important historic sites in our area 

The Roanoke Valley Greenways Historic Trail Marker Program was inaugurated in May 2014, with the unveiling of three interpretive historic markers –the site of the American Viscose Corporation, the Norwich neighborhood, and Elmwood Park. 

Now, we plan to expand this program with additional markers, at Fire Station No 7 in Grandin, Washington Park, Persinger Cemetery, and Preston Place in Salem. Your donation will help us remember the history and significance of these important places for future generations.

You can check out our Roanoke Valley Gives profile page  for more details on each project. We hope you’ll contribute on Wednesday, and give where you live!

Spring 2018 Newsletter

Check out the Spring 2018 edition of our newsletter, Preservation Focus for a look back on the past few months! This issue contains a list of our 2017 Preservation Awards, some upcoming Preservation Events for May, and updates on recent preservation initiatives. You’ll find an invitation to Preservation Virginia’s big Endangered Sites in Virginia announcement that will take place here in Roanoke at Fire Station No. 7 in Grandin! We hope to see you there!

Check out the full newsletter 

Fall 2017 Newsletter

Check out the Fall 2017 edition of our newsletter, Preservation Focus for a look back on the past few months! This issue contains a list of our 2017 Endangered Sites, an article on preservation easements, upcoming events, and more! You’ll find an invitation to our Annual Meeting and Preservation Awards ceremony on the last page. We hope to see you there!

Check out the full newsletter HERE.

Upcoming Events 2017!

Upcoming Preservation Events – Check back for updates!

3rd Annual Tweed Ride – Saturday, November 11 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. Bikers shoulder meet at Downshift Bicycles (416 Campbell Ave. SW) dressed in their “tweeds” and ready to enjoy an easy ride through history Roanoke. Once again, the RVPF will provide historic background at several stops along the way. For more information, visit www.ridesolutions.org

Annual Meeting and Preservation Awards – Tuesday, November 14 at the Roland E. Cook Lofts in Vinton (412 Poplar St.). Join the RVPF for the presentation of our 2017 Preservation Awards. The reception starts at 5:30pm, and the award ceremony at 6:00pm. There will be light refreshments and admission is free. 

Rosenwald Schools Documentary – on Saturday, January 13, 2018, join the RVPF at 4:00pm at the Dumas Center for a screening of the documentary, Rosenwald: The Remarkable Story of a Jewish Partnership with African American Communities, by Aviva Kempner. More details will be posted here as they become available. This event is sponsored by Brian Wishneff and Associates. 



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