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Winter 2012-13 Newsletter

Volume 1 Issue 2

Another Successful Year of Fear Once again, the Roanoke Jaycees gave Roanokers an opportunity to face their fears at their award-winning haunted house. The Jaycees “Fear Factory” brought spine-tingling chills to Orange Avenue for six nights this October.

Inside this issue: Big Lick Beertopia


Upcoming Events


Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive


Four on the Fourth


Member Spotlight


Mayor Bowers Greets, Inspires Jaycees


JJ Redick Tournament 4 Points of Interest: 

You can become an official Jaycees Alumni Member! Visit www.usjayceefound alumni/ for more info Reconnect and relax with the Jaycees at our Dec 27th Social Happy Hour/Dinner at the Wasena City Tap Room (see page 2 for more info)

The event took over six weeks to plan and organize. Many volunteers were recruited to help design the various room scenes and serve as actors each night. Last year’s Fear Factory was awarded the Virginia Jaycee’s Broom Hilda Award for Best Haunted House. This year’s events took place in the same location and had about the same attendance. Also similar to 2011, visitors could donate a canned food item for a dollar off of admission. At the end, the Jaycees were delivered a pickup truck load of canned food items to Feeding America Southwest Virginia. A cash donation will also be made to Camp Virginia Jaycee.

For Auld Land Syne, My Dear... Seasons greetings current and former Roanoke Jaycee Members! We wish you a joyous holiday season and a very happy new year. We are taking this time reflect upon a on noteworthy year for the Jaycees. With your help, we’ve been able to reach out further into the community and make a greater impact than ever before.

This year, we held two very large and very successful events—Big Lick Beertopia and Fear Factory. Thank you to those who dedicated their time to planning and putting on these unique events. In between the beer and frights, we got out into the community helping many other local organizations

meet their needs. We collected canned goods for the hungry, cheered on runners at 4 on the Fourth, and elbowed with celebrities at a golf tournament. Again, thank you for your support. We look forward to making 2013 another hallmark year. -The 2012 Roanoke Jaycees

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Big Lick Beertopia 2012 Raises Over $2,000 for Local Charities “There can’t be good living where there is not good drinking.” Benjamin Franklin c1745 On June 9th, the Roanoke Jaycees brought good living and good drinking to the Valley by presenting the second-annual Big Lick Beertopia (formerly Brewtopia). Over 1,400 people—a 40% increase over last year’s festival came out to the Salem Red Sox Stadium to taste beers made by craft breweries located throughout the country. Live music by local artists the Materia Project and Corey Hunley provided a steady groove throughout the event and a corn toss tournament provided additional entertainment. New this year, the Jaycees partnered with the Star City Brewers Guild to host a home brew competition. Contestants entered their best recipes in four different categories. Kevin Campbell was declared winner of the Home Brew Competi-

tion with his “Babymaker” American Barleywine. Of the money raised this year, over $2,000 was given to local charities including CHIP, Easter Seals, the Food Pantry, and Camp Virginia Jaycee. “Big Lick Beertopia was a huge success this year and we’ve heard nothing but positive feedback,” said Kevin Hurt, one of this year’s driving forces behind the event. “Beertopia is an incredible fundraiser for our chapter as well as a great opportunity for our members to develop their leadership skills. Next year should be even better!” The success of Beertopia will hopefully be replicated at next year’s event which is tentatively scheduled for June 8th. Mark your calendars now so you don’t miss out on one of the Valley’s premier craft beer festivals and a great opportunity to support the Roanoke Jaycees!

2012 Beertopia (left to right): The crowd with corn toss tournament in foreground; Beertopia logo; People’s Choice Beer—Peachicot Blonde Ale by The River Company of Radford, Virginia

Upcoming Events

Stamp Out Hunger

November 29 Happy Hour at Penny Deux Lounge, 6pm (lobby of the Patrick Henry with optional dinner afterwards downtown)

On May 12th, ten Jaycees helped sort food for four hours as part of the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

December 12 Christmas Party 6:30pm @ The Conner's Home December 27 Dinner/Social Hour 6:30pm @ the Wasena City tap Room March 2013 Jaycee Retreat in Asheville, NC

During the drive, nonperishable foods are collected by U.S. Postal Service workers and sorted by volunteers. These good help replenish the shelves of the Feeding America Southwest Virginia food bank. This year, a record 2,000 pounds of food were collected to help feed needy individuals and families in our community.

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Interested in being a 2013 Beertopia Sponsor? This popular event provides local businesses an opportunity to market to a large crowd of beer enthusiasts. At minimum, each sponsor receives recognition on the event flyer along with free tickets. Other benefits can include free booth space at the event, your logo on the outfield TV screen and your banner on display during Beertopia. For more information about becoming a sponsor, contact Kevin Hurt at 540-420-3928 or email him at

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Jaycees Cheer on 4 on the Fourth Racers

The Jaycees kicked off Independence Day by helping with the 4 on the Fourth race in downtown Roanoke. Our volunteers made sure the course was safe and clear while also cheering on the 300+ participants as they run and/or walked the four miles. The race, sponsored by Hometown Bank, benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia. Photos: Jaycee volunteers (left); after-race ceremonies (right)

Member Spotlight— Diana Hackenburg Transported from the Midwest, Diana joined the Jaycees last spring to meet new people and learn more about her new home, Roanoke. Diana moved to Roanoke to join her boyfriend, Jesse Freedman, who works with Hollins University and Emory & Henry College as an Energy Manager. Diana

started work with the Western Virginia Land Trust, a local nonprofit in April.

been a great way to network and use my skills to help other people,” said Diana. “I enjoy providing support to So far, Diana has helped these different community with several Jaycees activievents that wouldn’t be ties including Beertopia, serving dinner at the Ronald possible without hardMcDonald house, and Four working volunteers.” on the Fourth. Diana also Diana’s favorite Jaycees produced the spring and moment so far? “I think it winter newsletters. had to be Beertopia. I poured beer for The River “Joining the Jaycees has

Mayor Bowers Inspires at Jaycees Dinner Meeting It’s not everyday you get to join the Mayor for a little pre-dinner chat. However, the Roanoke Jaycees, got an opportunity to hear and speak with Roanoke’s Mayor David Bowers at their June 19, 2012 dinner meeting at Corned Beef & Co.

Bowers, a former Jaycee, spoke about how his experiences with the organization prepared him for life as a public servant. He also talked about how we can work to make our Jaycee chapter stronger and better able to make a difference in the community.

Mayor Bowers is currently serving his secondconsecutive and fourth term overall as mayor. Rumor has it that he is currently considering a run for the Democratic nomination for state lieutenant governor next year.

Company [of Radford, VA]. Their “Peachicot” beer was a big hit with the crowd!”

Roanoke Jaycees Newsletter W inter 2012 2012-- 2013 Questions? Comments? Please contact us to find out more about our current events and other ways to reconnect. Write: P.O. Box 1225 Roanoke, VA 4006 Email:

We’re on the Web! Visit us at https:// roanokevajaycees/ or check us out on Facebook! The Roanoke Jaycees is an organization for Young Professionals ages 21-40 with a focus on community service, professional development, project management and social networking. If you want to meet new people, enhance your leadership skills and make a difference in your community, the Jaycees are the group for you!

Jaycee Creed We Believe... That faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life; That the brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations; That economic justice can best be won by free men through free enterprise; That government should be of laws rather than of men; That earth's great treasure lies in human personality; And that service to humanity is the best work of life.

JJ Redick Celebrity Golf Tournament When the JJ Redick Foundation sponsored its 2nd Celebrity Golf Tournament on August 18, 2012, the Roanoke Jaycees were there to provide the support needed for a successful event. Fifteen Jaycees helped in various capacities throughout the tournament. Volunteers valet parked cars, ran the hole-inone contest, assisted with putting, and oversaw the threepoint contest. In addition, support was provided for both the tournament pre– and postparties. The event raised $110,000 for CHIP and Children’s Miracle Network in 2011 and they

hope to increase that amount this year. The JJ Redick Foundation was created by NBA player and Roanoke-native JJ Redick to benefit underprivileged youth. Their mission fits well with the Jaycees goal of creating positive change in communities by addressing the needs of others. For more information on the JJ Redick Foundation and the Celebrity Golf Tournament, visit redick/foundation. Photos: Kevin Hurt and Zac Moore (top); JJ Redick (bottom)

Roanoke Jaycees Alumni Newsletter Winter 2012-13  
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