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Anti-mining group staging big fundraiser

The Virginia Coalition will sponsor a major fundraising event Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. at James and Jennifer Edmunds’ home in Halifax to raise funds to continue the ban on uranium mining in Virginia.

According to Coalition President John Cannon, the event is being held because the Virginia Coalition needs support to continue its fight to keep all of Virginia, especially this region, safe from uranium mining and milling.   

Cannon said a well-connected private company is lobbying to remove restrictions that have protected the health and well-being of Virginians for over 30 years.  

“In an effort to increase their profits, Virginia Uranium Inc. (VUI), plans to embark on the unprecedented gamble of mining and processing tens of
millions of tons of uranium ore that lie in close proximity to major populations and a critical watershed. To accomplish this, they must convince the Virginia legislature to remove the existing state-wide ban on uranium mining,” Cannon said. 

Virginia Coalition is fighting to prevent this ban from being lifted, and this group of businessmen and job creators say they are holding Saturday’s fundraiser in order to get the public more involved in their efforts.

Up and coming music star, Halifax native Dane Ferguson, is the featured attraction at the fundraiser that also will feature performances by Stony Ridge, 6th N Main and the “Chainsaw Juggler” David Vandervere. 

Guests to the event also will be treated to food, local wine and a live auction featuring vacation weeks at the beach and Nantucket, paintings by excellent artists and other items donated by citizens concerned about the uranium mine.

For tickets, which run $75 up to $2,500 for a corporate donation, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Any donations will be appreciated and will go directly to the Virginia Coalition to Keep the Ban on Uranium Mining in Virginia, Cannon said.