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Rocky Top Hospitality’s Aimee Bridges to Serve on Shop Local Raleigh and GRMA’s Board of Directors

Director of Corporate Relations Elected as One of Three New Board Members for Shop Local Raleigh and Greater Raleigh Merchants Association.

Raleigh, NC, April 13, 2013 --( Dean Ogan, owner of Rocky Top Hospitality (, has announced that Aimee Bridges, director of corporate relations, has been named to the Greater Raleigh Merchant Association (GRMA) and Shop Local Raleigh’s Board of Directors. Bridges, who has been with Rocky Top Hospitality for more than 10 years, has extensive culinary and hospitality experience. Deeply involved in the local community, Bridges is responsible for overseeing all of the company’s interaction and work with outside firms, vendors and local events. Additionally, she coordinates Rocky Top Hospitality’s charitable giving efforts for nonprofit organizations across the Triangle, including Jingle Ball, InterAct of Wake County, Builders of Hope, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Memories for Marcus and Special Olympics. Along with Bridges, the board appointed Taylor Traversari, Red Hat Amphitheater marketing manager, and Patrice Gist Bethea, North Hills marketing manager.

Shop Local Raleigh is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of locally-owned, independent businesses. Shop Local Raleigh is operated by GRMA, which has served the Raleigh community since its founding in 1944.

“With her dedication, hard working personality and commitment to the local community, Aimee is the ideal member for Shop Local Raleigh’s Board of Directors,” said Ogan. “Aimee whole-heartedly believes in the local community and supporting our neighboring businesses. With Aimee’s support, the organization will further its efforts of fueling the local economy and preserving the unique and individualized character of the City of Oaks.”

“I am truly honored to be named to Shop Local Raleigh’s Board of Directors,” said Bridges. “It is organizations like this that make Raleigh such a wonderful place to live, and I look forward to supporting its efforts in bridging the gap between businesses so that we all work together for the greater good.”

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About Rocky Top Hospitality:
Rocky Top Hospitality restaurants have consistently rated among the Triangle’s most popular local dining choices since its first restaurant opened in 1998. The Rocky Top Hospitality name includes a variety of unique restaurant concepts, such as The Daily Planet Café, The Twisted Fork Grill, Market & Bar, and Rocky Top Catering & Events, a thriving events facility and catering business. All Rocky Top restaurant menus provide items not found anywhere else, and focus on using local North Carolina beef, seafood, poultry, pork, dairy and organic produce. Pastas and desserts are made daily, in house by the chefs and never come out of a box. Rocky Top beef and pork have had no growth hormones, additives, antibiotics or chemical feed. Owner Dean Ogan is known for actively giving back to the community and was named the 2011 Restaurateur of the Year by the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association (NCRLA).

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