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Don’t Hate, Speed Date! The Appalachian Rollergirls Host Speed Dating Fundraising Event on Saturday, Feb. 14

By Madison Fisler Lewis

Jan. 28, 2015. Don’t have a date this Valentine’s Day? The Appalachian Rollergirls have your back! On Saturday, Feb. 14, your favorite local roller derby team will host “Don’t Hate, Speed Date,” a speed dating event held at Cafe Portofino.

image“We were thinking that it might be cool to do something different for Valentine’s Day this year,” said Sarah Holt of the Appalachian Rollergirls.

“Last year we had an anti-Valentine’s Day event, and this year we wanted to do something in the middle. It is something different for people who don’t want to do the typical Valentine’s Day stuff. Folks will come in and sit down at numbered tables, and people will have five minutes with each person before a buzzer goes off to let them know its time to move to the next table.”

The first-ever event will take place from 7:30-9 p.m. with a social to follow. The event is open to all orientations ages 21 and up.

Pre-registration for this event is strongly encouraged.

“We really encourage people to let us know ahead of time that they will be coming so we can make sure everything is set up and the event runs more smoothly,” said Ashley Laws, head of public relations for the Appalachian Rollergirls.

“We just like to know how many people to expect that night.”

Pre-registration is available online. To register, email Sarah Holt at missscarah1973@gmail.com with your name, age and preference. Cost of registration for this event is $10.

While the Speed Dating is sure to be a lot of fun, rest assured that all your fun on that night will be for a good cause as well. The Appalachian Rollergirls are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and all profits from the event will benefit 2015 home bouts, which in turn benefit local charities.

“In order for us to put on bouts to raise money for local charities, we have to raise funds to put on those bouts,” Holt said. “It takes a lot of money to host bouts at the Convocation Center, so that is what this event is for.”

The Appalachian Rollergirls will host two home bouts this year, on April 25 and Aug. 22.

“It is a lot of fun hanging out with the Rollergirls,” Holt said. “It will be a really good time for a good cause and we encourage everyone to come out.”

For more information, visit www.appalachianrollergirls.com.