Continuing to help others

Published 7:18 pm Monday, November 6, 2017

Vicksburg is a community that strives to help others. On Saturday, the Ninth Annual Bras Across the Bridge was held and more that 50 people came out to walk across the Old Mississippi River Bridge. Participants also had the opportunity to witness the bra-covered bridge and support the cause of the day — breast cancer awareness.

Riverwalk Casino donated $1 for every bra that was collected and hung along the structure and with more than 9,000 bras collected, $9,794 was donated to the American Cancer Society.

“The funds from this event support breast cancer programs,” said Ginny Tzotzolas, general manager of Riverwalk Casino and the creator of Bras Across the Bridge. “We help the American Cancer Society with things such as cosmetics, transportation and treatment for cancer patients.”

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Sadie Jordan said she has been participating in Bras Across the Bridge for years.

“I’ve actually done this for years and I’ve done breast cancer awareness for 20 years. But on April 19 of 2017, I became that one in eight. I was diagnosed with breast cancer. So this walk is extra special to me this year,” Jordan said. “Years ago I had a friend who was diagnosed and succumbed to breast cancer ultimately and I became very passionate about it because I realized at that point and time not many people were aware of breast cancer. What we have learned is that although they have made lots of strides against breast cancer and a lot has been done, we have a lot more work to do.”

More positives this week in Vicksburg:

• A plethora of items were donated to the Vicksburg-Warren Humane Society’s garage sale that was held this weekend. “We’ve gotten everything from home decor, outdoor furniture, brand new stuff that’s never been opened. Everything imaginable, towels, sheets, pots and pans, pool stuff” Humane Society director Georgia Lynn said.

Lynn said she was surprised by the amount of donations the shelter received when asking for items and that it showed the amount of support there is for what the shelter is doing.

“It was great,” Lynn said.

• On Thursday, the city of Vicksburg’s plan to revitalize the riverfront took a big step forward when representatives from the city took a tour of New Orleans’s redeveloped riverfront. The group toured Crescent Park and met with an architecture firm to talk about what went into the project and how it has been managed since its completion during the daylong trip.

“As far as I am concerned, it was very productive,” Mayor George Flaggs Jr. said of the trip. “It gave us a visual of how our riverfront can look if we make the investment. I left with the takeaway that all we need is to do it and I have intentions of trying to have it done in the next two years to improve and enhance the riverfront.”