Derby darlings roll for women’s shelter

Enderby’s own derby girls are rolling off track to give back.

Enderby’s own derby girls are rolling off track to give back.

The River Town Roller Girls will host a fundraising event Feb. 26 called Forbidden in February at the Riverfront Pub in Grindrod.

Along with raising funds to keep the local team rolling, a percentage of the proceeds will benefit the Gateway Women’s Shelter in Vernon.

“We want to put something back into the community and help out,” said roller derby girl Dawn Mace, known in the rink as the Redneck Whiskey Devil.

The evening will feature door prizes, entertainment, signature derby girl shooters and some special souvenirs from the evening.

“We are going to have a photo booth set up so you can get your picture taken with your favourite derby girl,” said Mace.

Armstrong band Lucy and Lucky Four will be rockin’ the club with their blend of funk, rock and blues. The young four-piece band includes the voice of Shane Coates, beats from Nathan Marcetta and Liam Tyners and Levi Glass on the strings. Since forming in 2008, the group has shared the stage with Buddy Guy at the Rare Earth Jazz and Blues Fest, taken the blue ribbon at the Interior Provincial Exhibition and even performed with Nazareth at the Nakusp Music Festival.

The evening promises to be fun-filled but comes with an advisory – not suitable for anyone offended by a little skin.

Women’s roller derby is known to be showy.

“It’s rough, tough and sexy,” said Mace, whose team outfit includes short plaid skirts and booty shorts.

“That’s been the image of the sport since it began.”

Just as they dress to impress on the flat track, Forbidden in February will be no exception.

“There are going to be girls wearing some leather and lace and maybe some corsets,” said Mace.

Doors open to the Saturday, Feb. 26 event at 8 p.m. and there is a $5 cover at the door.

The team also reminds anyone interested in the sport to come out to their practices, held Mondays and Thursdays from 7 to 8: 30 p.m. at the Hassen arena in Armstrong.

“We can suit you up in one of their girl’s gear and give you some pointers and get you interested in the sport,” encourages Mace.

The Enderby team’s next bout is in Abbotsford over the Easter weekend.

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