Bonnie Riot

by Bonnie Ohler




When I moved to Madison 2 years ago for school I contacted Madison Roller Derby to see how I could become a part of the league. I had been a member of a much smaller league in Washington state prior to moving here, and I wanted to continue playing this sport that I love. I had no idea what I was in for, stepping into this huge league. What I found was an instant family, a huge supportive community that was just waiting to envelope me. In these two short years I have really improved as a skater, and learned so much about myself. This year I am co-captaining my home team, the Vaudeville Vixens, as well as helping out as a training manager. I also got to play on our charter travel team that is internationally ranked and travels all over playing other charter teams from cities all over the world. It would mean so much to me, if you would choose to support my league by helping us to afford to have our own space. Our current practice space won't be around forever. We are a non-profit organization with ties to the community at large. We really work our butts off to serve the Madison community. Help us continue to be able to do that, by donating whatever you can. Thanks, I appreciate your help and so does my league.

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 longtime practice space, Fast Forward Skate Center, was demolished in April 2023.  While we have found temporary practice space, we need your help to raise money to keep skating in a new space in the Madison area. 

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
Executive Director
Madison Roller Derby

About Us: 
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 Association (WFTDA), MRD has paved the way for hundreds of other leagues across the country and around the globe. We’ve grown from our original four home teams to include three travel teams. We hosted the 2016 WFTDA Playoffs, created a recreational roller derby team, 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: 

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