Roller Derby Fundraiser Held for Firefighters

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - You've heard the term rolling in the dough. On Saturday night, a group of girls were rolling for the dough in Midland. Hundreds came out for a good cause in support of our firefighters.

There was pushing, shoving and a lot of falling down. It may sound like a beating but it was all for a good cause.

The Tall City Roller Betties hosted a roller derby fundraiser for local fire departments and the Red Cross. The Midland Sparklers and Odessa Black Cats duked it out around the rink inside the CAF hangar.

"El Paso came and we're meshing up our teams," Production Manager Casey Hallmark, said. "It's going to be amazing, we're very excited."

Elizabeth Lawson started the Tall City Roller Betties league last year.

"Since I started, that was the plan, is to make sure to give back to the community and to make sure we're family oriented," she said.

After seeing all the recent fires, the Roller Betties wanted to help.

"We're part of the community, we want to help them so that's why we came up with this," Head Referee, Cortni Gibbs, said.

"We just thought it was very fitting to have it for them," Hallmark said. "We want the firemen to know that we appreciate everything they do and that we're really behind them."

Hundreds of spectators showed up for the match, and with tickets at $10 a pop, their weeks of planning and hard work definitely paid off.

"I didn't expect it to take off this big and I'm very excited," Lawson said.

They hope their gratitude shows for those who put their lives on the line everyday.

"We really appreciate everything that you do for us," Hallmark said. "It doesn't go unnoticed and without you, we wouldn't be as safe as we are today so thank you very much."