The Roanoke Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference is holding its annual Juneteenth celebration from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at Washington Park.

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, as the emancipation from slavery in Texas, which held onto slavery for six months after Congress passed the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, abolishing slavery in the United States.

The free event includes food and entertainment. Canned goods and donations also will be collected for Feeding America Southwest Virginia.

Co-sponsors include AARP, the city of Roanoke, Walmart, Little Debbie Snacks, Frito Lay, Heiner’s, Pepsi and the Roanoke Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information, call Edward Mitchell at 400-2459, Brenda Keeling at 795-0240, Jeff Artis at 819-8826 or Yzavia Haney at 682-4058.

Ham radio operators stage annual Field Day

Roanoke-area amateur radio operators are converging June 22 and 23 at Virginia Western Community College for their yearly Field Day.

The hams and students will gather on the college’s Lot 14 for a 24-hour focus on emergency preparedness, local community awareness and a national competition.

Equipment for the local and worldwide communication stations will be off the grid, powered only by generators, batteries and solar.

The public is invited from 2 to 9 p.m. the first day and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second day.

The Virginia Western Amateur Radio Club and the Roanoke Valley Amateur Radio Club are sponsoring the event. For more information, email

Race for the Cure raises $230K for cancer treatment, research

Nearly 1,500 people participated in the 10th Susan G. Komen Virginia Blue Ridge Affiliate’s Race for the Cure in May and raised more than $230,000 for breast cancer treatment, patient advocacy and research.

“We can’t thank everyone who showed up to run and walk with us enough for their passion and support,” said Elizabeth Zimmerman, community engagement manager for the affiliate.

The funds raised “ensure that we will be able to continue supporting our neighbors affected by breast cancer today, while helping to search for tomorrow’s cures,” she said.

Race participants and supporters included those honoring family and friends lost to breast cancer, survivors and people living with the disease.

“It was moving to see those who have been with us all 10 years and continue to support our mission,” board President Decca Knight said in a news release. The event not only “brought our impact full circle in showing how much progress we’ve made in 10 years, but also highlights how much work we can continue to do to save lives.”

Because of Race for the Cure and other events, the affiliate has invested more than $1.1 million in breast cancer research and more than $2.9 million in community breast health services for uninsured and underinsured people, according to the release.

The national presenting sponsor of the Komen Race for the Cure Series is Bank of America, and the event was locally presented by Kroger. Additional sponsors include The Branch Group, Carilion Clinic, Perdue, Southern Virginia Ford Dealers and WFXR.

Prior to the race, the affiliate, which covers 42 counties and cities, contributed $140,000 to national breast cancer research and $220,865 to fund six local breast health programs.

Agencies designated to receive funds are Carilion Clinic Breast Care Center, Roanoke, $49,804; Community Access Network Inc., Lynchburg, $37,911; Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness, Martinsville, $28,600; Mount Rogers Health District, Marion, $45,950; Mountain States Health Alliance – Johnston Memorial Hospital, Abingdon, $18,600; and Piedmont Access to Health Services Inc., Danville $40,000.

The affiliate also announced it made a $25,000 investment to continue its local Treatment Assistance Program, which offers financial assistance to people who are battling breast cancer and are either uninsured or underinsured and are struggling to meet the financial demands associated with treatment.

The Komen organization was founded in 1982 by Nancy Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life.

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