Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Lehigh Valley Rollergirls Give Back to the Community

The Lehigh Valley Rollergirls (LVRG) are dedicated to providing an opportunity for women athletes to achieve their maximum potential, both athletically and intellectually through the sport of roller derby.

However, LVRG does more than just skate; we give back to the community. Our members are proud to be positive role models in the community through our continued volunteer efforts on and off the track. 

This season, the Lehigh Valley Rollergirls teamed up with the Boys and Girls Club of Bethlehem.  LVRG members visited the club throughout the year, interacting with the children by playing games with them, by doing crafts together and by spending the much needed quality time they deserve.  Also, many of the Boys and Girls Club members were our special VIP guests throughout the season and came to watch our games. They each had front row seats to all of the hard hitting action.

Throughout the season to continue our efforts to support the Boys and Girls Club, LVRG collected items for donation such as toys, toiletries and other necessities. The Lehigh Valley Rollergirls also were able to raise $1000 through fundraising, and presented a check to the foundation during the final bout of the season. The Boys and Girls Club indicated that the financial donation from LVRG will not only keep the electric on at the club during the winter months, but it will allow them to run the heat while the children are there as well.  The donated items will be the children’s Christmas presents this year.

This season, the Lehigh Valley Rollergirls also participated in a charity event called “Together We Can,” sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Conference of Churches. This event is a major fundraiser for their soup kitchen, which just fed over 300 people during the week of super storm Hurricane Sandy.  The Lehigh Valley Rollergirls were the skating models for the events’ fashion show.  Each girl modeled two outfits, and many of the attendees purchased the clothing we modeled to donate to the cause.  All the clothing was purchased from local thrift stores - the message was that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to be fashionable.  In addition to the fashion show, there was an art auction and a person who played the harp.  A $40 ticket to the event fed 150 people, so the $32,000 that was raised will feed 120,000 in the Lehigh Valley.

The Lehigh Valley Rollergirls believe in supporting our community and we look forward to continuing these efforts in the 2013 season.

WFMZ News Article on "Together We Can"

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