Hurricane Alley, also called The Cane, played host to Crossroads City Derby’s mayhem and shenanigans March second. CCD had lined up an evening of arm wrestling, hoola hooping and leg wrestling. All in the name of raising money to offset travel expenses for both travel teams (for the record: traveling means gas to and from, hotel costs, food and incidentals like hats and gloves when a cold snap hits on the way to Tulsa… players would have to incur all of the above if not for the events and kindness of CCD and derby fans).
Since I worked the door for most of the evening, my job was to pounce on Cane patrons as they arrived; giving a brief explanation of our fundraiser in such a compelling manner that people would be willing to give us anything from a dollar to twenty. Male patrons seemed to have an easier time allowing for their money to depart their wallet. Ladies? Well, suffice it to say they proved harder to convince (was it our CCD gun show on display in tank tops?).
After they moved past those of us working the door, patrons were encouraged to purchase CCD merchandise, sign up for various contests (with a small entry fee) and even pay to be paddled (an apology is in order to one Josh Beyer as he felt the sting of my swing).
We were fortunate to have Hotbox, formerly of Duke City Derby and now skating in Austin, and Elvira Mental, formerly of Duke City but recently transplanted to the West Coast, stop by and share some derby love. Incidentally, never engage Hotbox in an arm wrestling match, she may accidentally rip off your arm in the process.
CCD fundraisers at nightclubs is a great way to engage with fans, make new ones, bond in a way only dancing to hip hop can and take a breather from practices and have fun in a different forum. And did I mention it helps us raise much-needed funds? Yeah, this year’s Mayhem put the ‘fun’ back in fundraiser.
We hope to see you at our next event!
-Hell Paseo, #7