The Cleveland High School wrestling team has officially joined the fight against cancer to support the Mary Ellen Locher Breast Center of Excellence at CHI Memorial.

The current TSSAA state champions will host a special event at the Jones Wrestling Center on the campus of Cleveland High on Thursday. All funds raised will go to benefit the breast center named after the beloved Chattanooga television personality who lost her life to cancer in 2005.

Doors open at 5 p.m. so that a special dinner can be served. The wrestling, against rival Soddy Daisy, begins at 6 p.m.

“Everyone’s lives have been impacted by cancer,” said Cleveland Head Coach Joey Knox. “Wrestlers are tough, but nobody is tougher than those battling this horrible disease. This fundraiser is a small way for our program to stand with those whose lives have been impacted by cancer.”

The wrestlers will wear special pink uniforms sponsored by the Allan Jones Foundation and Bank of Cleveland.

Those who drive by the Village Green Town Center on Keith Street in Cleveland will notice the lights around the historic downtown landmark have a new color. The typical white lights are now bright pink.

“By turning our lights pink, we’re sending a message that the Jones family — and the wrestlers at Cleveland High School — are united in the fight against breast cancer,” said businessman Allan Jones. “We are doing all we can to support the Mary Ellen Locher Breast Center.”

Josh Bosken, head coach of Cleveland’s Higher Calling Youth Wrestling Club, said the Jones Foundation and Bank of Cleveland have always been strong in the fight against cancer.

“They stepped up right away to sponsor the event,” said Bosken. “These sponsors join us in emphasizing that together we will raise more money than we ever could alone!”

Anyone who wishes to make a donation for the event can call Bosken for more information at (513) 646-4435.