March of Dimes honors milestone with golf tourney



The March of Dimes works year-round to prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. In October, a local division will mark three quarters of a century as they host an annual golf tournament in the county.

In celebration of 75 years of service to the community, the Greater Blue Ridge Division of the March of Dimes will host the 11th annual Star Regional Honoree Brunch and Golf Invitational. The Star Regional Awards began in 2003 and honors individuals in this region who show exemplary service, professionalism and outstanding community leadership. This year’s honorees will be Virginia Tech President Dr. Charles Steger, Roanoke Regional Partnership Executive Director Ms. Beth Doughty, and retired Landford Brothers CEO Stanard Lanford.

The events will be held at the Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech, in Fairlawn. The brunch begins at 10 a.m., where awards will be presented to the honorees and players will receive an overview of the day. The tournament will consist of a four-person scramble and a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. The day will conclude with a social at 5 p.m. and the presentation of the golf awards.

Anyone interested in playing in the tournament or attending the social events may contact Martina Cannon by calling 540-989-8030 or emailing

The goal of the Greater Blue Ridge Division is to raise $400,000 and to help more than 100,000 babies and their families. To learn more about March of Dimes and their mission, visit



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