Pink Ribbon Bowl to benefit Locher
by By JOYANNA WEBER Banner Staff Writer
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At left is Wendy Higdon, a breast cancer survivor who serves as a member of the VFAC Committee. She is seen with Marlene Geren, restaurant owner. The two are drawing names for pink flower arrangements.
Walker Valley High School will be decked out in pink this Thursday evening for the second annual Pink Ribbon Bowl to benefit the MaryEllen Locher Foundation.

Tickets are $5 for adults in advance and can be purchased at any participating school. Tickets can also be purchased at the event for $7. Children 3 and up are $3, children under the age of 3 are free.

The event will start at 5:45 p.m. with the first game starting at 6 p.m.

“Last year, we raised about $11,200,” Webb said. “That is good for a one-night event.”

This year teams participating in this all-girl football game have also been working to raise additional funds.

Scott Webb, Pink Ribbon Bowl coordinator and WVHS media teacher, said the teams hope to raise $15,000.

Webb said at Walker Valley the fundraising is going well.

“Today’s a big day for us. We’re having mini walk-a-thons,” Webb said of Tuesday’s fundraising efforts.

Money raised during the walks will be combined with funds from selling car decals of the school’s WV symbol overlaid with the pink breast cancer ribbon.

According to Webb, the event will feature Walker Valley vs. McMinn County High School, Polk High School vs. Meigs High School and Walker Valley vs. Bradley Central High School.

Darla Prater, a seven-year breast cancer survivor, was chosen by the Mary Ellen Locher Foundation to speak at the event.

Last year’s speaker was former WVHS English teacher Gwen Lane, who inspired the event.

In addition to the flag-football games, the Bowl will also feature a survivors walk.

The MaryEllen Locher Foundation provides college scholarships to students who have a parent who was diagnosed with breast cancer. Scholarships are offered for those who have lost a parent to this disease and to children of breast cancer survivors.

The MaryEllen Locher Foundation is also supported by Volley for a Cure, an annual breast cancer awareness campaign in October that is entering its sixth year. VFAC was originated by members of the Lee University Lady Flames volleyball team and head coach Andrea Hudson.

The organization will be offering a $1,000 to a qualifying student at each of the schools.