Local Roller Derby Girls Are Literally Out For Blood

Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — Roller derby girls have been known to shed a little blood in the name of athletic competition, but now they’re planning to give blood for a completely different reason – to help save lives.

Various Bay Area roller derby leagues and teams, Brown Paper Tickets and the American Red Cross are joining forces for the “Make ’em Bleed” Blood Drive – a series of one-day blood drives held throughout the first couple weeks of August.

The blood drives will feature roller derby girls greeting and thanking blood donors and even donating blood themselves. All presenting donors at the “Make ’em Bleed” blood drives will receive an official event T-shirt, roller derby-themed temporary tattoos and other giveaways from promotional sponsor Brown Paper Tickets. The Not-Just-For-Profit ticketing company also will donate cookies in the shape of a roller skate for donors at the blood drives.*

“With strong commitments to building healthy communities through events, roller derby and Brown Paper Tickets are a match made in heaven,” said Jerry Seltzer, who is the son of the inventor of the sport of roller derby and an outreach representative for Brown Paper Tickets.

Seltzer also serves as a member of a Brown Paper Tickets team with a mission to advance and support the sport of roller derby across the globe. To learn more about Brown Paper Tickets' support of roller derby, go to http://community.brownpapertickets.com/Doers/derby.html.

“Brown Paper Tickets has a long history of working side-by-side with roller derby teams to help them to achieve their goals, and we are pleased to help to make their Red Cross blood drives a success,” Seltzer said.

Blood drives include:

Resurrection Derby Girls Aug. 3 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Cal Skate (6100 Commerce Blvd., Rohnert Park)

South County Derby Girls Aug. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (location to be determined)

Santa Cruz Derby Girls Aug. 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Whole Foods (1710 41st Ave., Capitola)

Santa Cruz Derby Girls Aug. 14 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Whole Foods (1710 41st Ave., Capitola)

Monterey Bay Derby Dames Aug. 15 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Marina Center (133 General Stillwell Dr., Marina)

Undead Bettys Aug. 16 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church (4444 East Ave., Livermore)

The summer months are typically a time of year when blood donations decrease. Regular donors are away on vacation and schools are out of session – eliminating the opportunity to hold high school and college blood drives.

“Summer blood drive sponsors are absolutely critical to maintaining a healthy community blood supply throughout the year,” said Jared Schultzman, communications manager at the American Red Cross Northern California Blood Services Region. “We are extremely grateful for the support from all of the participating roller derby girls and we look forward to building on this partnership in the future.”

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. To schedule an appointment to donate blood at a “Make ’em Bleed” blood drive, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: DERBY. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission), meet height and weight requirements (at least 110 pounds based on height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

About Brown Paper Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets (http://www.BrownPaperTickets.com) provides easy, reliable online event registration and ticketing with the lowest fee, the highest level of service, and the largest commitment to the sport of roller derby and to social responsibility in the ticketing industry. The Not-Just-For-Profit ticketing company donates 5 percent of the profits from each ticket sold, pays employees to work 40 hours each year for the cause of their choosing, and employs a team of experts in roller derby to give free assistance, and to help the sport to grow and thrive.

    T-shirts are non-transferable and not redeemable for cash.


Barb Morgen


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