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May 1, 2014

Derby Dames host Star City Saturday

Ready for some live roller derby action? The Beckley Area Derby Dames (BADD) will host Roanoke’s Star City Roller Girls Saturday at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and the first whistle will blow at 7 p.m. Advanced tickets are $10 for adults or $12 at the door. Admission is $5 for children 6 to 12 and ages 5 and under get in free.

Roller derby is all about empowering women, veteran skater Burn N Kell said, so this bout’s charity is especially important to the team.

A portion of the proceeds from Saturday’s bout will benefit the Women’s Resource Center, a private, non-profit agency that provides temporary shelter, counseling, advocacy and supportive services for victims, survivors and witnesses of domestic violence and sexual violence.

“The Dames are about empowering women, and some of us on the team have been affected by domestic violence,” Burn N Kell said. “We’re supporting our sisters who are skaters and who have encountered domestic violence, personally, through family or even close friends. We strongly support the Women’s Resource Center and all that they do.”

WRC Public Relations and Fundraising Development Coordinator Dee Sizemore said the Derby Dames have always been a strong supporter of the WRC — head referee Rodney “Hot Rod” Elkins even took at stand against violence against women by participating in the Hunks in Heels event.

“For the past three years, BADD has invited our advocates to be present with a booth at one bout each year,” Sizemore said. “And a portion of the proceeds from the bouts are then donated to our organization. It’s supporters, like BADD, in our communities who make it possible for us to offer free, confidential services to victims of domestic and sexual violence.”

BADD is getting geared up to skate against some of the new additions on Star City’s roster, Kell added, as well as some skaters they’ve bouted with before.

Special non-skating official Linda Boyd will also be joining in on the fun Saturday as a jam timer, meaning she blows the whistle to signal the start of each jam.

“Linda Boyd painted our Derby Dame chair that was auctioned off at the Chairity Auction and she also painted our fire hydrant for the United Way. She has supported our team since day one and we’re excited to have her as jam timer.”

BADD bouts are family-friendly and fun for all ages, Kell said, and kids will be invited down on the track for a half-time hula hoop show.

“It’s always exciting at a Derby Dame bout, so come out and support roller derby, the Women’s Resource Center and have a good time.”

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BADD skaters, refs and coaches will also be joining Celebrity Night at Foster’s Main Street Tavern Monday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Celebrity Night, a fundraiser benefiting the United Way of Southern West Virginia and the Women’s Resource Center, will be hosted at a variety of local businesses where local “celebrities” will act as servers. Tips they earn during the event will benefit the two non-profit organizations.

Burn N Kell said Mayor Bill O’Brien has been kind enough to shut down the city block in front of Foster’s during the event and Beckley Steel has donated a dunk tank, where the referees will be sitting, waiting to be dunked.

“It will be fun for the whole family. Some of the Dames will be doing face painting and Mike Ross from Appalachian Outlaws will be signing autographs.”

Several items will be auctioned during the event and several gift baskets donated from area businesses will be raffled.

Weather permitting, the wait staff will be on skates in the outdoor section.

“Foster’s has awesome food and the money is going to a great cause, so join us Monday on Celebrity Night.”

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