Smoky Mountain Roller Girls make donations

Dec 28, 2012
Photo by: Donated photo TAKING HITS FOR CHARITY — Roller girl Kelley Penn (Honey Smak) presents a donation check to Qualla Safe House & Family Resources Center of Swain County.

Smoky Mountain Roller Girls make donations

The Smoky Mountain Roller Girls donated $500 to the Swain/Qualla SAFE House and $500 to the Family Resources Center in Swain County. Both organizations were selected by the league to be the Roller Derby girl’s beneficiaries and received proceeds from Smoky Mountain Roller Girl’s October roller derby “Bout of the Living Dead.”

Swain/Qualla Safe is a nonprofit domestic violence and sexual assault program serving victims of Swain County and the Qualla Boundary offering services such as counseling, support group, emergency hot line, housing and advocacy. Swain County Family Resource Center is a community-based, centralized source for family support services that may be provided through information and referral, on-site programming or home-based strategies. Both organizations provide an array of services for the local community.

“We like making a difference in our neighbor’s lives and giving back to our local community,” said Krista Robb, vice-president of the Smoky Mountain Roller Girls.

The Smoky Mountain Roller Girls have a tradition of donating proceeds from their ticket sales to local charities. In March after their debut sold out, SMRG donated $450 to the Bryson City Food Pantry. The Smoky Mountain Roller Girls skated in the Bryson City and Sylva Christmas parades as an opportunity to collect canned food items to donate to The Community Table in Sylva and the Bryson City Food Pantry.

Several SMRG members are from Haywood County, including Heather L Hyatt (Anchors A'Slay), Jamie Meyers (Brawl T. More), Morgan Crisp (Mo'licious), Emily Moss (Miz Massacre) and Jennifer Wright Bennett (Bathtub Jenn).

Smoky Mountain Roller Girls is a nonprofit all women’s flat track roller derby team based Bryson City. Women ages 18 and up are encouraged to come out for practice on Sunday and Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. Men and women are invited to join the team as non-skating officials, referees and volunteers. For more information, email, Visit


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