The holidays are often a time to spotlight how organizations have given back to the community, so I wanted to post a quick kudos to the Burning River Roller Girls for the success of November’s Black and Blue Charity event. The BRRG recently announced that the final numbers are in and they were able to raise more than $5,500 that went directly to the Cleveland Animal Protective League.
As a fan who was in the Wolstein Center stands for Black and Blue 5: Fur Brawl, the mashup of the entire league into Team Black vs Team Blue was a lot of fun. It was definitely a different vibe than the regular season bouts as we watched players who normally compete against one another lace up their skates on the same team. And the halftime Full Contact Musical Chairs — my first time watching this Fresh Meat tradition — was fierce (though I was a little bummed that Girl Gone Wilder, a coworker of mine, was knocked out after they re-did the first round due to an extra chair on the floor). Check out this video of the event from WEWS/ABC Channel 5.
Despite all of the derby action, the best part about Black and Blue was that we were there to not just celebrate the Burning River Roller Girls’ 5th anniversary, but also to support the Cleveland APL via ticket and raffle sales. To find out the BRRG were able to raise over $5,500 in support of animals was really great. Northeast Ohio has a fantastic philanthropic culture — one that often helps the region weather economic storms as noted in a recent Plain Dealer article. And although that article may have focused on the signficantly large donations made to area organizations in recent years, donating over $5000 from just one event is nothing to sneeze at.
If you want to support the work BRRG is doing in Cleveland to further the cause of roller derby, the 2011 Season Pass is now on sale which includes tickets to all five double-header bouts for only $48. Full ticket and schedule info for ‘Let The Good Times Roll': BRRG Season 5 is below.
2011 Season Schedule
All bouts at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center (2000 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio)
Doors open at 5 PM / Bouts begin at 6 PM
Bout 1: Saturday, March 12 (Season 5 Opener)
Bout 2: Saturday, April 2
Bout 3: Saturday, April 30
Bout 4: Saturday, June 11 (Semi-Finals)
Bout 5: Saturday, July 16 (Championship)
2011 Season Passes: Season Pass package includes five bout tickets for $48
Regular Admission: $12 Advance / $17 day of event / $6 for kids age 12 and under
Groups of 10 or more: $10 per ticket
Available at the Wolstein Center Box Office, online or by phone.
*Fees apply to ticket purchases by phone or online. A service charge applies to each group order.
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