Monday, February 22, 2010

Let’s Get Ready to Rumble Pie: San Diego Roller Derby Fan 101

Okay, Starlettes fans! With less than a week left until the next bout on February 27 against the Inland Empire Derby Divas, it is time to start getting ready. First, there are signs that need to be made. Buy your poster board and Sharpie pens now so that you have plenty of time to create a sign for your favorite SD Roller Derby girl. Think big Diesel trucks, apple Rumble Pies, bandits, superheroes and lots and lots of stars.

Then you need time to get your voice ready. Any fan who was at the last bout will tell you they lost their voice somewhere among the seats at Skateworld. The cheering was at such high decibels, that few could talk above a hoarse whisper the day after the bout. So, in order to get ready, get off the computer right now, go outside, and scream your head off as loud as you can. But, don’t strain your voicebox too much, just yet. Remember this is just practice.

You also need to buy your tickets. You should run to your nearest Starlette and buy your tickets from her right now! If you don’t plan on seeing her before the bout you can always buy your tickets directly at Skateworld, or even online at our website. Purchasing tickets on our website is easy and convenient, but you have to act fast if you are planning on having them shipped. Buying tickets online and having them held at will-call is also a possibility, but you might have to wait in line again. There will also be a separate "cash only" line for cash transactions, just look for the signs or ask one of the SDRD helpers out front! It would be best to have your tickets in hand and enter on the fast moving line on the left with the rest of the professional Derby fans, especially if you don’t want to miss the half-time show! You're not going to want to miss any of the swing dance performance!

Also, please plan on getting there early. Doors open at 5 pm and this is the best time to get settled in a front row seat and watch the Starlettes and the Derby Divas warm up. Remember, there is additional parking available behind Skateworld at the Linda Vista Library, and just across Comstock St. at the post office. If those lots are full, there is street parking as well, but you might have to walk a little ways. Car pooling is encouraged, so bring your friends!

So remember your 4 P’s: Poster, Practice (your cheering), Pre-purchase your tickets and Park early!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Hope, Dedication, & Love - How The Hogar Infantil La Gloria Helps Orphaned Children

On February 27th, San Diego Roller Derby is proud to team with St. Augustine High School for their Lenten Orphanage Drive to support Hogar Infantil La Gloria. This is the 2nd annual event for the local high school. Last year the fundraising effort fell shy of their $16,000 goal, the cost of running the orphanage for one month. This month the Starlettes are excited to help St. Augustine High School reach their goal and take the burden of money off of the orphanage for entire month. Hogar Infantil La Gloria is an orphanage in Tijuana, BC, houses 45 children from newborns to early teenagers. One year ago, Hogar Infantil La Gloria was on the verge of closing their doors altogether. We want to make sure that this year there is no fear of shutting down.

This history of the orphanage proves hope, dedication, and love are very much in their community. In the early 1970's a family, Lupita and Guillermo MacFarland, filed an official report with the Mexican Government about the poor care of the orphans and the conditions they resided in. After an investigation, the MacFarlands were granted administration over the orphanage. Today, Hogar Infantil La Gloria, with the efforts of the MacFarlands, Norma Bustamante, the Augustinians, and other dedicated volunteers, is a safe home for the abused, abandoned, and neglected children of Tijuana, BC.

After seeing the pictures of these children there is no question of the hope and love and inspiration in their eyes. The orphanage runs solely on donations and needs our help. The monthly costs consist of school, medical, food and staffing. Often times, the children receive three meals a day however, their three meals might be equivalent to one of ours. We are inviting you to make a difference in their lives. In addition to monetary donations we are taking donations of much needed supplies for the facility. When you come down to cheer on San Diego Roller Derby, bring along with your good spirits and team pride a donation and do your small part to make a difference in the life of a child. No matter how small our individual donations are we can make big changes when we band together as a community, and what better things to gather for than children and Roller Derby! Here is a list of items that are needed at the orphanage. If you would like to help you can bring an item from this list when you come to our game. We will have a box out front and will be giving the items to the orphanage the following week. Also, we will have a 50/50 raffle with all proceeds going to the orphanage.

If you want to know more about Hogar Infantil La Gloria or become a sponsor of a child at the orphanage, please visit their website

• Canned fruit
• Tomato sauce
• Cereal
• Cooking oil
• Jelly/jam
• Peanut butter
• Formula
• Gelatin mix

• Children’s Tylenol
• Cough syrup
• Tylenol Cold and Flu
• Anti-fungal medication
• Iodine
• Children’s Dimetap

Other Supplies
• Baby wipes
• Toilet paper
• Dish soap
• Diapers (4,5, and 6)
• Laundry detergent
• Bleach
• Vaseline