Rollin’ for Funds

Article Published: Jan. 26, 2012 | Modified: Feb. 9, 2012
Rollin’ for Funds

The Appalachian Rollergirls are hosting a fundraiser at Canyons on Feb. 8.

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The Appalachian Rollergirls, Boone’s only women’s flat track roller derby team, will host a fundraiser at Canyons Restaurant & Bar in Blowing Rock Feb. 8, from 5 to 8 p.m.

The event will help raise money to pay for a roller derby track to host games at the Holmes M. Convocation Center on the campus of Appalachian State University.

Canyons will donate 10 percent of all receipts between 5 and 8 p.m. directly to the Appalachian Rollergirls.

Members of the team will be on hand at Canyons selling merchandise and signing autographs for fans.

ARG purchased the floor last spring and is close to paying off the remainder of the bank note.

“We’re hoping to pay the track off before our first home bout at the Convocation Center on April 28,” said Jennifer Pillow, the league president. “These bouts bring upwards of 1,500 people to the area and are a definite boost to our local economy.”

ARG is a nonprofit organization and donates a portion ofits ticket sales to other local charities.
OASIS (Opposing Abuse with Service, Information and Shelter) and Blowing Rock CARES were beneficiaries of the team in 2011.

For additional information on the fundraiser or the Appalachian Rollergirls, contact Cari Johnson at (

Those attending may also make reservations for parties of five or more by calling Canyons at (828) 297-7661.

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