Rock City partners annually with the MaryEllen Locher Foundation during breast cancer awareness month in October to raise funds and awareness for this cause. MELF is the featured community partner for Rock City during Rocktoberfest, the attraction’s annual German festival during weekends in October. Rock City sells pink “Survivor Birdhouses” during this time and donates a portion of the proceeds to MELF (www.melfoundation.org) to aid in their scholarship program for students whose parents have battled breast cancer. This year’s selected scholarship recipient is Emily Bishop, a student at Lee University majoring in nursing. Emily’s mother is Wendi Bishop, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003. Emily is also a carrier of the BRCA gene mutation, which increases her own cancer risk. She hopes to “be a source of positivity in a dark place” like her mother’s nurses were for their family during cancer treatments.
Pictured from L to R: Jeff Raabe, director of operations for See Rock City, Inc.; Melissa Griggs, director of attractions revenue for SRC; Meagan Jolley, public relations manager for SRC; Emily Bishop, scholarship recipient; Cindy Pare, administrator for the MaryEllen Locher Foundation.