Coming in Spring

Casino Night in March

Next March, plan to attend the Shawsvegas Casino Night, our over-the-top evening of blackjack, poker, roulette, craps and horse racing.

Spring Fashion Show

Enjoy luncheon and a look at Spring and Summer clothing lines, shoes and accessories.

Donate to MVCF

Help the Mountain Valley Charitable Foundation with its mission to improve the quality of life in eastern Montgomery County. Show your support today.

Volunteer of the Year: Lauren Tate

Lauren Tate earned the 2014 Karen Cronin Volunteer of the Year award for her countless hours of work during 2013-2014. She has volunteered and participated in numerous Mountain Valley fundraising activities and she currently serves as the Foundation’s Treasurer. The Board and staff of the Foundation have come to rely on her sound judgment, kind personality and talent for organization. Thank you, Lauren!

Tour Six Historic Homes, Decorated for the Holidays

Saturday, December 10

EastMont Holiday Home TourIn an effort to raise money for the community and to celebrate its rich history, the Mountain Valley Charitable Foundation is pleased to announce the 1st Annual EastMont Holiday Home Tour. The tour will be held on Saturday, December 10th from 1:00 - 6:00 pm.

Each of the homes will be beautifully decorated for the holidays and open to ticketholders. These homes have a rich history in our community. Alleghany Springs, the Wickham House; in Elliston the Barnett House (former home of Joe Stewart) and in Shawsville, The Inn at Fort Vause (Pappas House), the Ryan Home Place (Childress House), and the John Farm House, and the Edge Hill Farms (Sandy House). The oldest house was built in 1754 and the other homes were built in the 1800’s and early 1900’s.

The Barnett House c. 1805 (Big Spring Farm) 8919 Roanoke Road, Elliston, VA
The Childress House c. 1895 (Ryan Homeplace) 3643 Old Town Road, Shawsville, VA
The John Farm House c. 1900 4052 John Farm Road, Shawsville, VA
The Pappas House c. 1754 (Inn at Fort Vause) 4074 Old Town Road, Shawsville, VA
The Sandy House c. 1939 (Edge Hill Farm) 6247 Roanoke Road, Shawsville, VA
The Wickham House c. 1900 2438 Fisher's View Road, Alleghany Springs

Mark your calendar! Tickets go on sale November 1st.

Advance tickets are $30 and will be available at the Waldron Wellness Center and online at Eventbrite. Tickets will be available the day of the tour for $40 at the homes.

Proceeds from the tour benefit the Mountain Valley Charitable Foundation which focuses its efforts and resources on projects and activities that sustain and enhance the quality of life in eastern Montgomery County. Examples of the Foundation’s work include: the renovation of abandoned buildings for community use, awarding scholarships to local students and providing grants to nonprofit organizations and schools. In all of its activities, the foundation is dedicated to fostering a sense of community and special identity. Every Holiday Home Tour ticket holder will play a part in this vital community strengthening.

For more information or to donate, contact Charlotte Hawes:

2015 Year End Letter

December 16, 2015

Dear Friend of the Mountain Valley Charitable Foundation:

On behalf of the Board of the Mountain Valley Charitable Foundation, I want to express appreciation for your continued support of our efforts. 2015 has been an eventful year for the Foundation and with your help much has been accomplished.

In January of 2013, the Foundation took over operation of the Waldron Wellness Center with the goal of providing the best possible experience for our members and staff. We’ve learned a lot over the past two years and the "W" is better for it. There are new varied classes as well as popular old ones. We have invested in current certifications for our group fitness instructors and three are now also certified personal trainers. New equipment has been purchased and installed including a "Jacob’s Ladder," a squat rack and weights. A new multi-purpose exercise space with a cushioned sports floor in the old recreation area allows us to hold two group classes simultaneously.

The Thrift Store located in the Old Elliston Fire House continues to do very well. It not only provides a site for those who wish to donate excess items but it serves the needs of those in our community who have trouble making ends meet. A new washer and dryer and water heater have been installed and a new entry awning at the entry welcomes customers.

The Meadowbrook Center is an older building and its maintenance needs are constant. The Foundations continues to make repairs and upgrade facilities. In the next few months some new floors, lighting and energy efficient windows will be installed. However, there are other needs the Foundation would like to meet in 2016. The Center’s interiors have not been painted since opening in 2007. The Community Center needs “sprucing up” and the cost of insurance and electricity for both Meadowbrook and the Fitness Center continue to rise.

2016 promises to be an exciting year with new challenges. The Foundation is negotiating with the County to lease the athletic fields at the Shawsville Middle School. This will allow us to use the venue for sports as well as community events and festivals. We are currently exploring our options and hope to have a solid plan in place soon.

As the year draws to a close, we believe that Mountain Valley Charitable Foundation has acted wisely and prudently in serving the needs of our unique community. We do this solely through private donations from your neighbors and friends and receive no direct government funds. We would ask you to consider making a tax deductible year-end gift to help us continue to serve Eastern Montgomery County. Again, thank you for your generosity and unflagging support. All good wishes to you and yours for a happy holiday.


Ellen Ryan

Mountain Valley Charitable Foundation is a nonprofit organization that meets the qualifications of IRS Code 501(c)(3). Contributions are deductible for federal income tax purposes.

Oldtown Fields

Oldtown FieldsIn 2014, MVCF learned that the Montgomery County Public School system was considering declaring the athletic complex at the Shawsville Middle School surplus property. The well-loved facility consists of a baseball field with dugouts, an athletic field in the interior of a track, lighting, bleachers, a ticket booth, tennis courts, a multipurpose field, a storage building and parking lots. 

  The Foundation was concerned that this irreplaceable community asset would be sold for development purposes. It began working with the Board of Supervisors and, especially local supervisor, Gary Creed, to come up with a plan that would allow the property to be maintained and retained by and for the residents of eastern Montgomery County.  In addition, if the complex were to be sold, there was concern that Shawsville Middle School would be the only one in the county without adjacent athletic facilities.

Eventually, the Complex was declared surplus property and its title was transferred to the County.  In July, the County entered into an agreement with the Foundation where it would lease the fields for a small sum in exchange for the Foundation agreeing to maintain and improve the complex and its facilities.  The Middle School will retain access to the fields during the normal school day and Montgomery County Parks and Recreation also can use them for their programs.  The Foundation will have the right to control third party use of the property for activities like festivals, shows and musical performances in order to raise sufficient funds to support and improve the complex.

Much remains to be considered and worked out but a Steering Committee is being formed to begin the process of providing leadership and oversight for what is now being called “Oldtown Fields.” As the Committee begins meeting, input from the community and other stakeholders will be very important in determining the successful future use of the complex.

mountain valley charitable foundation
Board of directors

Charlotte Hawes

Executive Director
(540) 384-2801

Ellen S. Ryan


James E. Pearman, Jr.

Vice President

George R. Smith, III


Lauren M. Tate


Marty Childress

Board Member

Casey Underwood

Board Member

Mary Ann Cole

Board Member

Spencer S. Winfrey, Jr.

Board Member

Zachariah C. Milton

Board Member

Thomas M. Dunkenberger, Sr.

Emeritus Member

Dale R. Mull

Emeritus Member

Dr. George Robert Smith, Sr.

Emeritus Member