LISAPALOOZA – An Auction to Benefit Lisa Rollins, SPJ member

Society of Professional members are lending support to an auction to benefit SPJ member Lisa Rollins, who is fighting colon cancer. For complete event details, visit

A group of Lisa’s friends are hosting LISAPALOOZA, a live music festival at Dan’s Silverleaf in Denton, Texas, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Aug. 23, with seven musical acts. Many of the performers know Lisa, and all are donating their talent to support her fight.  The auction will take place from noon July 30 through noon Aug. 22. Tickets go on sale Aug. 23.

Rollins is a graduate of Denton High School and the University of North Texas. She earned her Ph.D. in Education from Capella University. She is currently an assistant professor in the College of Liberal Arts at Ashford University.

Before becoming a professor, she spent 12 years working as a full-time journalist, editor and columnist for several publications, including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Denton Record-Chronicle. In addition to her news-editorial experience, she also worked as a publicist and PR professional in the entertainment industry. She was director of broadcast communication for Middle Tennessee State University for over a decade, where she was the host of a weekly, award-winning public affairs radio show and she also helped write and report for “Middle Tennessee Record,” a public affairs TV show.

She still writes about country music and the music industry on a freelance basis from her home in Guthrie, Oklahoma.

Lisa has one son, Dakoda Rollins, who is himself a musician and who is the center of Lisa’s life.

For the past couple of years, Lisa has been bravely fighting cancer with the love and support of Dakoda and her many friends from around the country. The fight has drained her financial resources and challenged her optimistic and cheerful view on life, but her faith remains strong.

All of the proceeds from Lisapalooza and the auction will be given to Lisa to help her with her medical expenses and to help her provide for Dakoda. Separately, click here to donate to a fund for Lisa.

Thank you for your help, and for joining us as we do all we can #ForTheLoveOfLisa.