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Posted: Saturday, August 11, 2018 12:18 pm

Time is quickly running out if you want to attend this year’s annual Emporia-Roanoke Rapids Hokie Club fundraiser.

The guest speaker, Mike Burnop, the color commentator for Virginia Tech Sports Radio will be appearing at the Emporia/Roanoke Rapids Hokie Club’s (ERRHC) annual dinner on Sunday, Aug. 12 at Golden Leaf Commons in Emporia. Burnop, will give an update on the upcoming football season in Blacksburg.

The social hour starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and presentation of local scholarships from money raised by the Emporia club.

The Scholarship program has been named the Moses Clements Scholarship Program in memory of Moses Clements, in memory of his dedicated work for years with the local scholarship program.

Over the last 20-plus years, the Emporia Chapter has provided over $40,000 in scholarships to local students starting their college experience at Virginia Tech.

This year, six local students each will get a $500 scholarship: Preston Battle IV, Dawson Coker, Savana Jones, Brooklyn Mason, Taylor Powell, and Brittany Saleeby.

Burnop is a Virginia Tech Hall of Famer and was as a star tight end for the Hokies in the early 1970s and still holds the Virginia Tech record for receptions in a season by a tight end with 46.

Burnop was a star athlete in football and basketball at Roanoke Catholic High School in Roanoke. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1973 and received his Master’s Degree from Virginia Tech in 1975.

In 1986, Burnop returned to the Tech football program as the analyst on Tech football broadcasts, and hasn’t missed a game since. He and Bill Roth form one of college sports longest-running broadcasting teams having worked every Tech game dating back to the 1988 season. He was induced into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.

He is a popular speaker at events throughout Virginia, including Hokie Club, regional sports clubs, Alumni Associations and other functions.

Burnop is the Network Analyst, for Virginia Tech radio broadcasts. He is entering his 35th year in the broadcast booth.