16111 FM 521 Rd
Rosharon, TX 77583
9:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012
Contact (Jump for the Rose): Marian Sparks, Marian@JumpfortheRose.org
Contact (Skydive Spaceland): Christy West, Marketing/Communications Director, Skydive Spaceland
In one of the most exciting fundraisers possible for fighting breast cancer, Jump for the Rose (a 501(c)3 organization) aims to set a new women’s Texas State Skydiving Record while raising funds for a local breast cancer clinic on Sept. 29-30. The event will take place at Skydive Spaceland in Rosharon, just south of Houston.
“First and foremost we raise funds to fight breast cancer, and if we can set skydiving records along the way, that’s an added bonus,” says Jump for the Rose founder Marian Sparks. Jump for the Rose’s fundraising efforts benefit The Rose, a Houston-area clinic providing breast cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment, support, and education for all women regardless of their ability to pay for services.
“After The Rose took care of me with no insurance,” said Sparks, “I told the doctor (Dixie Mellilo, co-founder of The Rose) I was going to pay her back by raising money for her. That’s what this is all about.”
Skydive Spaceland will also assist the fundraising efforts by donating a portion of the proceeds of each tandem skydive made on Sept. 29. It’s the perfect way for first-timers to experience the sport while benefiting this local charity.
“We want people to come out and enjoy this unique event and help raise funds for this important cause,” said Skydive Spaceland owner Stephen Boyd.
In less than two years of existence, Jump for the Rose has already raised more than $25,000 for The Rose and has set two women’s Texas State Records: A three-point (three-formation) 27-woman skydive in 2011 and a two-point 38-woman skydive in 2010. JFTR has also set two National Skydiving Records. At this year’s event, skydivers will target another women’s multiple-formation skydiving record as well as general category records for male skydivers. The two teams, both led by world-class jump organizers, will informally compete with each other to perform fun skydives in a supportive, coached environment.
Jumpers and spectators alike will have the opportunity to win raffled items donated by local and worldwide businesses, from hats, jewelry, and free haircuts to a free tandem skydive from Skydive Spaceland and $1500 off a complete skydiving system by Aerodyne Research.
Last but not least, the event will feature an evening screening of the award-winning film Pink Skies. The film follows British skydiver Ruth Green as she fights breast cancer while preparing for the 181-woman national record event (Jump for the Cause, which benefited the Susan G. Komen Foundation) in 2009. Producer/director/writer Gulcin Gilbert will screen the film following jumping on Sept. 29.