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Shantastic McAwesome

by Shannon Sontag

Supporting: Madison Roller Derby Venue Fund for Mad Rollin' Dolls, Inc.

My Team: Vaudeville Vixens

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I could go on about all the ways that roller derby has changed my life. I'm going into my tenth year of skating, so there are quite a few memories and transformative moments that have happened along the way. I could go on about all the people I never would have connected with otherwise. I could go on about how meaningful all of that is to me. 

But roller derby is so much more than my personal story. My own experience is a drop in an ocean. Modern roller derby was born via the United Leagues Coalition in 2004 (n.k.a. The Women's Flat Track Derby Association, or WFTDA). A handful of skaters sat down and had the grit to make their dreams happen. It's turned into something that has impacted thousands of lives for over a decade and spread across the world. And it's something that's right here in Madison, and has been here since the humble beginnings of the sport.

In addition to all the badassery on skates, our league gives back to the local community at every opportunity. We've contributed hundreds of hours to helping with animal sanctuaries, food drives, clothing drives, and many other community events. Every one of our members is required to volunteer at charity events every year. We also select one local charity for each of our bout nights and donate a portion of proceeds to that charity. We have to give back because roller derby and the community that helped build it have given us everything. 

We are planning a move to a facility that can support our rapidly expanding membership, but we're going to need a lot of help to make it happen. Please help us keep the magic alive, and become a supporter of our league. Will you help us make our dreams come true?

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
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 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/ 



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