Roanoke, Va. (Sept. 29, 2017) – Eleven Roanoke and New River Valley nonprofit organizations will be the beneficiaries of free marketing and creative services provided by the American Advertising Federation of Roanoke (AAF Roanoke) in its 7th CreateAthon® event. This 24-hour work-around-the-clock event will begin on Saturday, October 7.

Organizations selected as CreateAthon clients this year include:

  • Apple Ridge Farms
  • Family Service of Roanoke Valley
  • Girls Rock Roanoke
  • Habitat ReStore
  • Junior Achievement of Roanoke Valley
  • LEAP
  • Science Museum of Western Virginia
  • Straight Street NRV
  • The First Tee Roanoke Valley
  • Troutville Volunteer Fire Department
  • Clean Valley Council

AAF Roanoke received a large number of applications from nonprofits across the Roanoke and New River Valley regions. “Choosing the accepted nonprofits is one of the most difficult tasks we have all year,” said Stefanie Brown, AAF Roanoke President. “The nonprofit community in Roanoke is outstanding, and choosing which applicants to accept is a painstaking process. We want to do what we can to help all the nonprofits succeed.”

In previous events, AAF Roanoke’s CreateAthon event and its volunteers have provided more than half a million dollars worth of creative services to local nonprofit businesses. Since 2002, agencies and creative groups in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico have held CreateAthon events in their cities. The effort has benefited more than 1,300 nonprofit organizations with projects valued at over $24 million. For more information on the program, please visit

CreateAthon relies on generous support of volunteers and sponsors to make it a success. To volunteer creative expertise, please visit For additional information or sponsorship opportunities, please contact AAF Roanoke Public Service Chair Carrie Cousins:, 540.343.1550 x109.