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The Lake City Roller Dolls skated off against the Derby Dimes of Ann Arbor, Mich. on Saturday, Oct. 25, at Eastlake Skate Center. The bout, described by skaters as a “real barnburner of a bout,” was won by the Lake City Roller Dolls with a score of 174-152 finishing off their season at 4-3.
Though the action-packed bout had fans on the edges of their seat, the packed skate center also had a philanthropic aim during Saturday’s event. Breast cancer awareness and fundraising took place during the bout in support of fellow skater, Candy Mansfield, also known by her derby name Candiland Massacre of South Bend Roller Derby, who is fighting the disease.
Coach Dyrtie Gyrtie (Bobbie Tevis) of Lake City Roller Dolls shaved her head in honor of Mansfield and those fighting the disease. Tevis was also sponsored as a member of the month for the Lake City Red Hat Society, who volunteered at the event working security, parking and admission. Volunteers also assisted in selling 50/50 tickets, which raised over $500, and anywhere else where assistance was needed.
Part of the funds raised through admission, 50/50 ticket sales and fundraising will be donated to Kosciusko County Cancer Care. For those wanting to donate, donations are still be gathered via a GoFundMe.com page and several donation boxes are available throughout Warsaw.