Ahoy, matey! Unfortunately for Johnny Depp fans, this article ISN’T about the Pirates of the Caribbean. It is, however, about an amazing group of women who need your support. The Dire Skates roller derby league from Richmond, IN is looking for sponsors for their 2011-2012 season. So remove the patch from your eye and the parrot from your shoulder and help these ladies bring an exciting season of roller derby to their fans.
The Skates have initiated a “Buy-a-Booty” sponsorship that allows fans and businesses to advertise on the skaters’…well…um…just look at the picture. This writer is proudly sponsoring Gypsy Nose Bleed this season, but booties are going quickly! For two-hundred dollars, companies and/or individuals not only receive a very original form of advertising via “Buy-a-Booty,” but their names will be listed next to their skater’s name in each bout program, they will be announced during Dire Skates events as each skater is introduced pre-bout and their name will be placed on the Dire Skates’ website and their Facebook fan page. Although this event is titled “Buy-a-Booty,” sponsors may choose to have their information listed on the back of the chosen skater’s shirt rather than their derriere.
Professional and Dire Skates photographer Siegfried Von Der Reider is proud to “own” Dire Skate Stubborn Itch…at least while she’s on the track! Itch commented, “I love that we do this kind of thing for fundraising. By putting sponsors’ names on our shorts, we can always have their names visible at all times. Not only will the names be present during the bouts, I will be proud to show them off when I wear my shorts at after-parties and other Dire Skates functions.”
The Skates have another way their fans can support them in their upcoming season. By donating four hundred dollars, which is considered a team sponsorship, patrons and business owners receive a half-page ad in all skating events programs, banner placement and announcements at all Dire Skates skating events and logo placement on Dire Skates fan t-shirts, website and Facebook. They are also allowed to sell, distribute or advertise at designated tables during Dire Skates events.
So why the need for all the fundraising? “Roller derby is an expensive sport. The Dire Skates is member-funded, to the tune of around $500 per person,” explained skater Princess DIE. “Although our members pay monthly dues, this funding does not cover the cost of practices, bout space, travel or uniforms. Supporting our team helps make roller derby a recognizable part of the Richmond community,” she concluded.
Interested in sponsoring the team or a roller girl this season? Check out the information on their Facebook page here. Any donations you can make will be “booty-ful.” The Dire Skates open their 2011-2012 season with “Zombie Roll” on Saturday, October 15th, 2011 at 10 pm at the Armory in Richmond. For more information on the upcoming bout, including directions and ticket sales, please click here. Also, season passes for the Skates’ 2011-2012 season are now up for grabs and may be purchased here. Hold on to your brains, everyone…the Zombies are almost on the loose!