We will help make Roller Derby people and others Vampire proof for Halloween!

Good News: The Santa Cruz Derby Girls have announced their Blood Drive date and it is coming up shortly, October 12th at the LDS church, 220 Elk Street in Santa Cruz; to register, http://www.redcrossblood.org, keyword “Santa”.

And you can make yourself Vampire proof on Halloween on Saturday, October 31st, by not having so much blood in your body and donating with the Silicon Valley Roller Girls, at the Silver Creek Sports Complex, 800 Embedded Way, San Jose….to register, http://www.redcrossblood.org, keyword “Derby”.

Ahd also on Halloween Saturday you can give blood in New England at the Seacrest Roller Derby drive at the Dover Bowl in Dover, New Hampshire. Again, register at http://www.redcrossblood.org, keyword “Derby”.

Brown Paper Tickets, the American Red Cross and the Roller Derby Leagues are sponsoring these drives, open to all, and saving 3 lives for each amount donated.

This year the drives are at a record pace, so please drop by if you can….These leagues are winners on and off the track, and don’t miss the opportunity to meet the wonderful players who are volunteering their time.

let’s go back 5 years to when Roller Derby filled arenas

In 2010 I was invited to come to Denver to help promote the Denver Dolls first game in the beautiful arena in Broomfield.

If you have 8 minutes, please watch the video from Denver television. I was actually on several tv stations, radio stations, and newspapers. It was a great promotion and as you can see, I can use the background of sports promotion in helping modern derby. if you go to my home page on facebook, the cover shows the results for that first game, and it was so exciting. And I met Robin Bond and did my first interview for “Derby Baby”.

If you cannot bring up the interview, go to my home page (Jerry Seltzer) and play it:

The interview: https://video.fsnc1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/hvideo-xpa1/v/t42.1790-2/1187329_10201670270589499_440_n.mp4?efg=eyJybHIiOjQ1OSwicmxhIjoyNDkyfQ%3D%3D&rl=459&vabr=255&oh=1941e2308a27cab5dba7479df6bb3c25&oe=55F14146

As we get full swing in Playoff and championship season, let us work together on getting the big crowds back to watch the most exciting sport in the world.

And as you may note, Roller Derby has helped me lose 25 pounds since this interview, and I don't even skate.

Give blood, get a free haircut, and help Roller Derby Leagues save lives!

How can you pass that up? and you will get a super size skate cookie from Brown Paper Tickets!

In Northern California Sports Clips is giving coupons for free haircuts to blood donors at upcoming League blood drives including Ressurection Saturday, September 5 in Rohnert Park; Peninsula also Saturday, September 5 in Redwood City; Undead Bettys Saturday September 12 in Antioch; and the BAD girls Saturday, September 19 in San Francisco.

Not included for the haircuts, but saving three lives for your donation: Mass Maelstrom, Sunday September 13 in Fitchburg Mass.

To see all drives and to register ahead, go to http://www.redcrossblood.org, keyword “Derby”.

These drives by The American Red Cross, Brown Paper Tickets, and Roller Derby Leagues are part of our sports great community involvement.

Please donate.

giving credit for my “brilliant” acts

Almost thirty years ago at BASS Tickets we started a campaign with the various police agencies to remove guns from the streets (yes, 30 years ago). Working with various teams, theaters, arts, etc in the Bay Area, we had tickets donated and we set up exchanges (“guns for tickets”) in Oakland, Richmond, San Francisco, San Jose) and had over 1000 weapons exchanged for tickets to the Giants, A’s, Warriors, Shorenstein theaters, SF Ballet, etc. Much plaudits all around.

OK, I stole the idea from Barry Finkenberg of Ticketmaster, New Mexico, who did it first.

And here is how the blood drives came about: I am friends with a number of people in Houston who have nothing to do with Roller Derby, whom I have never met, and a number of them are to the right of Genghis Khan, but we still are friends on Facebook. Well one, Scott Bland, who left Houston (and is much more to “my” side) visited the Bay Area, and asked me to get in contact with his friend Tom Petty (no, not that one) who runs a great SEO company in Livermore CA and is an official in the Red Cross. (I am proud to say I served on the Bay Area Board of the American Red Cross for two years…it is such an amazing organization>). He thought if somehow we could get Roller Derby Leagues involved it would be outstanding. (And of course Brown Paper Tickets will work with anyone for community, never a consideration of revenue or profit), and that is how the whole blood drive thing started.

And luckily, we became associated with Hanna Malak, a young executive with the Red Cross, who just made it happen from his end, and of course with Steve Butcher, Jocelyn Ceder, Barb Morgen, and Stephanie and Amanda from Brown Paper Tickets involved, it has turned into one of the most successful sources for donors for the Red Cross in Northern California (saving 3 lives for each pint donated!). And now it has spread to New England, where Suzanne of the Red Cross has carried it to 7 leagues. (to see the drive closest to you, go to http://www.redcrossblood.org, keyword “Derby” to keep up to date with the leagues who are involved). And actually Roller Derby Santa Cruz had pioneered the drives in Northern California the year before, and their template is so great that we send it to the other leagues to follow.

The point here, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel…..so much out there is relevant to what you want to do…..steal nicely.

I did.