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Bras needed for Bras Along the Bridge

Cups will runneth over during the ninth annual Bras Along the Bridge event.

The Riverwalk Casino will collect bras throughout the month of October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, and for every bra collected the casino will donate $1 to the American Cancer Society.

“This is something that we’re excited about every year,” said the general manager of Riverwalk Casino Ginny Tzotzolas.

“It’s a way to really get the community engaged and involved with the fundraising process in a very creative and fun way,” Tzotzolas said.

This year, Riverwalk Casino has partnered with Alpha Media Radio Group of Jackson for the event, and there will be several drop off points through out the Jackson/Vicksburg area, where bras can be donated.

At the end of the month, Riverwalk Casino team members and members of the Vicksburg Bridge Commission will string the bras across the Old Vicksburg Bridge and a bra viewing and check presentation will be held on the Old Vicksburg

Bridge. The viewing will run from 9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 4 and the check presentation will be held at 10 a.m.

For a couple of the years, the bras were strung at the casino for a few days and then transported and hung at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Jackson, but Tzotzolas said when they had the opportunity to bring the bras home they moved it back to Vicksburg.

For me, because I started the event, it felt like it was coming back home, Tzotzolas said.

“I feel like this is where it belongs. It is ours and was something unique to our town and it was something I felt was real special with the river bridge,” she said.

From the fundraiser’s inception in 2008, Bras Along the Bridge have raised $116,703, Tzotzolas said.

For those interested in donating bras for the cause, Vicksburg drop off locations include, Riverwalk Casino Hotel, Dollar General, Kapelli’s Salon, Atwood Chevrolet, Newk’s Eatery, Coldwell Banker All Stars, WBBV, KLSM, KSBU radio stations, Duff Green Mansion and Cannon Toyota.

It is estimated that 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in U.S. women and about 2,470 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in U.S. men. Since the mid-1970s, breast cancer survival rate has increased from

75 percent to 90percent and doctors suggest this is due to early detection and improved treatment options.

Tzotzolas said she appreciates the community supporting the event every year, and looks forward in seeing everyone there on Nov. 4.

“There are very few opportunities to go out on that bridge, so it is a great chance go out and see it,” she said.

For more information about Bras Along the Bridge, call 601-802- 3142 or email mary.wilkes@riverwalkvicksburg.com or info@riverwalkvicksburg.com.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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