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, 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, 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… much out there is relevant to what you want to do…..steal nicely.

I did.

What if Leo came to Rollercon?

Jerry Seltzer:

this is from 4 years ago, and I just updated…..I really wonder about this all the time.

Originally posted on

Leo Seltzer

I have to admit I think about it.

Way back in the summer of ’35 he had the crazy idea of putting a marathon on roller skates.  A team was one man and one woman; the winning team that skated several thousand miles won I believe $500.  At that time it was the depth of the depression, and many applicants, skaters and non, showed up as they knew that for at least 30 days they would get food, a bed to sleep, and a chance to make some money.  It was a tremendous success, and just two years later my father and famed sportswriter and author Damon Runyon (“Guys and Dolls”) created the game that has lasted for almost 80 years (80 to be exact on August 13).

Roller Derby shut down in 1973.  In the mid seventies Leo was planning a trip to Montreal to train skaters…

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