Roanoke: 13th Annual Drumstick DASH Sets Corporate Fundraising Record

The Roanoke Rescue Mission has broken another fundraising record with its popular Union Bank and Trust Drumstick DASH 5K and the race isn't until Thanksgiving Day. 

"We're so grateful to our corporate sponsors," Chief Development Officer Tracy Altizer says. "They continue to rally around the Rescue Mission with this event, and this year they've done it to the tune of $161,000, not to mention another $80,000 of critical in-kind support." 

2017 sponsorships accounted for a record $156,000 of the fundraising total, an increase of 14% from the previous year. Race Director Uneita Mathews hopes that bodes well for the Mission’s goal this year of raising $300,000 between sponsorships and registrations to help feed homeless families at the Rescue Mission, which would set an overall fundraising record for the event.

“We expect registrations to continue picking up this week since  Monday, November 12, 2018,  is the last day to register and guarantee your T-shirt size, says Mathews. “But people can still register right up until race time and they always do. There’s nothing like being downtown on Thanksgiving morning and seeing 13,000 runners and walkers gathered to move their feet so others can eat!”

New this year, the Rescue Mission is offering custom DASH beanies and sweatshirts as incentives for participants to also sign up as individual fundraisers.

Race packet and t-shirt pick up takes place November 19-22 from 7:00a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Register online HERE or in person at the Mission, located at 402 Fourth Street, SE, in Roanoke. 

The Rescue Mission of Roanoke 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, or call (540) 343-7227.


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