Skating is life. I've been skating since I was 3 years old. My aunt and my parents used to take me to my hometown rink and I fell in love.
In high school I got a job at that rink and I worked there for 8 years!
Halfway through college I had to quit. Then came all the moving around for work. I missed skating. So much so that I even left my skate bag in my trunk at all times because I just couldn't bring myself to taking it out. Once I switched careers, I knew I needed to be back on my skates. I had known about Madison Roller Derby for a while, but my work schedule just did not work with derby. When I finally switched careers, it was on!
I joined the recreation league, Wreckers, in early 2017. I knew I was in the right place. The people are so warm and welcoming. They are some of the most amazing, strong, and talented people I have ever met. Roller Derby has given me so much, and I don't want to see it fall apart.
Recently our league found out that our practice space is in jeopardy. No practice space = no roller derby in Madison. To put it plainly, that would suck. The leaders of our league have been working hard to find other, sustaining options for us. You can read the full story HERE.
I already fund myself in this league. I buy my own gear, skates, outfits, etc. I pay monthly dues that keep the league running. I have also become a monthly donor to our venue fund. Now I am asking for your help. Please, anything you can give is worth it! A one time donation, a small monthly donation... every little bit will help.
Thanks to all of your support, we have built a lasting legacy of roller derby in Madison. Over the past 18 years, we moved from rope lights at Fast Forward Skate Center to hosting (and skating in!) WFTDA playoffs at Alliant Energy Center's Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Unfortunately, our growth has stopped short due to constraints on space and accessibility, and our current practice space is slated for demolition and redevelopment within the next 6 months. We need your help to raise enough money to keep skating in a new space in Madison.
With our own facility, we can bring our fans more roller derby games and events, relaunch a Junior training program, and support more local organizations. Most importantly, we can keep skating in Madison! Win-win-win for everyone.
Our success over the past 18 years has been based in grassroots growth -- and we will maintain this grassroots philosophy even in our fundraising. To move forward, we need a minimum of $600,000 to secure commercial funding and secure a facility for the foreseeable future. Additional needs include $150,000 to secure comfortable seating for our fans to watch our games.
We believe we can accomplish this through a combination of traditional single donations plus a sustaining donor system.
- If you can't give $100 to help us out today, can you sign up for $10/month, auto-deducted from your bank or a card?
- If you can't donate $500, can you pledge $50/month instead?
- If your business can't contribute $2,000 today, perhaps you can sign on for $200 per month instead
Sustainable giving is a great way to help more, even if you can't give big donations right now, and we are a non-profit, so every dollar is fully tax deductible!
No amount is too small (or too large!). The key to our success will be a grassroots aggregate of regular, sustained giving as we finalize the plans and find a location. Each donation is a rock of gravel that builds the foundation for a facility.
Once we have secured a venue and it is self sustaining through events and ticket sales, your donations will then support a comprehensive, competitive Junior program, followed by a scholarship program. Over time, additional donations will be directed toward improving our fan experience with things like better lighting and sound, and more events and activities.
With that, I would like to ask you to please sign on now to donate any amount you are able. Please invite your friends and family to do the same, and share our news as far and wide as you can. We want everyone to feel empowered to support us, so feel free to choose a preset amount or enter $1 or whatever you can give in the box on the donate screen. Every bit helps.
Thank you for your endless support and love!
Wendy Wilbur AKA. Allie Gator
Madison Roller Derby
As a local 501(c)(3) organization, Madison’s premier roller derby league, and one of the founding leagues of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Assosication (WFTDA), MRD has paved the way for hundreds of other leagues across the country and around the globe. We’ve grown from four home teams to include two travel teams (Dairyland Dolls all-stars and Team Unicorn ). We hosted the 2016 WFTDA Playoffs, created a recreational roller derby team (Wreckers Madison Roller Derby), and all while maintaining our dedication to our community through countless hours of outreach with over a hundred local organizations.
It is the mission of Mad Rollin’ Dolls, Inc. to provide a safe, inclusionary space to foster the development of a competitive women’s flat track roller derby athletic program, build leadership skills through volunteer opportunities, and make a positive impact in our community by serving as role models for our peers and future generations.
For more information on our capital campaign, please visit: madisonrollerderby.org/our-home/