Eastmont Tomato Festival

Saturday, August 17, 2019 - Save the date!

Tomato-themed fun for everyone. Join the Tomato Pageant, enter a tomato art contest and enjoy our famous tomato recipes for lunch.

Always a terrific time for the whole family, with music, TomatOlympic Games and Tomato-Eating Contest. You won't want to miss it!

The Fried Green Mater Queen makes our famous fried green tomatoes all day long, but they usually sell out so get yours early!

Support MVCF

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

2019 OldTown Nights Concerts

Family fun with food trucks, soft drinks and beer. 6 to 9:30PM, 4179 OldTown Road, Shawsville, VA. The gates for these concerts open at 5 p.m.

  • Saturday, May 18: Fuzzy Logic
  • Friday, June 21: The Tams
  • Friday, August 8 Crawford and Power
  • Thursday, September 12 The Worx

Admission only $5/person. Kids under 12 admitted free.

Thank You to Our Old Town Nights Sponsors

From Ellen Ryan

January 1, 2018

Dear Friend of the Mountain Valley Charitable Foundation,

As 2018 begins, the Mountain Valley Charitable Foundation Board wants to express gratitude for your friendship and generosity. We are thankful for all the people who have touched or been touched by the Foundation’s work in eastern Montgomery County. Whether through volunteerism or donations, your ongoing support is a direct investment in our unique community.

It’s hard to believe that ten years ago, we opened the Waldron Wellness Center in Shawsville and completed the renovations on the Meadowbrook Center. To acknowledge this anniversary, we would like to provide more resources for the Wellness Center and Mountain Valley’s other activities. In 2018, we have an exciting opportunity. A most generous sponsor has promised to match, dollar for dollar, whatever can be raised, up to a maximum of $50,000 for the year. This means that whatever you donate will be doubled.

What will we do with these funds? The Foundation has worked hard to maintain and improve the facilities and equipment at the Waldron Wellness Center, but ten years takes a toll. Our current equipment is not as high-tech as some on the market, but it is well maintained. Many of our members are familiar with it and are pleased to use it. However, we need to make some physical improvements to the fitness facility and would like to purchase some new equipment. Older members and those with mobility and neuromuscular disorders would greatly benefit from equipment that would make accessibility to equipment easier.

Waldron Wellness offers over 20 classes designed to appeal to our members’ mix of age and fitness abilities. We need to help the instructors supplement their fitness teaching certification costs, so they remain current and we can expand our course offerings. Similarly, we would like to invest more in our members. Our classes are free, unlike other gyms, and are included in our already low membership fees. Because eastern Montgomery County is a low-income area, many of our members are on “scholarship” with reduced membership costs that the Foundation subsidizes.

Other Mountain Valley Charitable Foundation initiatives include running the Meadowbrook Center that serves as home-base for so many community activities and celebrations. We also own and operate the Old Elliston Firehouse Thrift Store and annually support educational and beneficial local projects. In 2017 alone, the Foundation awarded six $1,000 scholarships for Eastern Montgomery County High School seniors and $4,500 in community grants. We expect to award similar amounts in 2018.

Last year, the Foundation assumed responsibility for the upkeep and management of the Shawsville Middle School athletic fields, now called Old Town Fields, which had been declared surplus property. The Foundation was concerned that should it be sold, it would be lost forever. This facility is used by Middle School students and for recreation by our community. We have begun a limited summer concert series at the Fields in the hope this will offset our expenses in terms of the cost of mowing, insurance and utilities.

I would be so happy to have your input and to bring you up to date on what we are doing. We will provide any additional information you may need. A detailed list of desired upgrades to Waldron Wellness Center and Meadowbrook is available.

Please take advantage of this exciting opportunity to have your generosity matched dollar for dollar. Every gift makes an impact on our programs and facilities. Remember, the Mountain Valley Charitable Foundation only serves eastern Montgomery County. Your donation stays in this community.

Online gifts can be made on our Donate page with a credit, debit or PayPal account or by mailing a donation to Mountain Valley Charitable Foundation, 267 Allegheny Spring Road, Shawsville, VA 24162.

Thank you again for your support and we wish you a very happy and healthy 2018!

Ellen S. Ryan, President

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.

To find out more, or to check on availablity and request a field, visit OldTownFields.com

Oldtown Concert Series

A brand new event series located at the former Shawsville Middle School athletic fields located at 4179 Oldtown Rd, Shawsville, VA. Now the “OldTown Fields”! Join us for live music, food and fun for your entire family!

MVCF & Old Town Fields are pleased to announce our 2018 concert series lineup

  • Thursday, July 19: Cimmaron Band Roanoke & Fuzzy Logic
  • Thursday, August 16: The Tams
  • Thursday, September 13: The Worx

Entry is only $5. Kids 12 and under are free! The event runs from 5pm-9pm featuring incredible bands, local food trucks, craft beer and a wonderful space for kids to run and play!

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