Red Dress Raises Roller Revenue

Photo by Erin Kelly Brown
Photo by Erin Kelly Brown
The Sick Town Roller Derby Dames are throwing their annual Red Dress event later this month. Red Dress is a night of music, drinking and dancing to fund Corvallis’ own roller derby team. Red formal wear is required, and minors will not be allowed. Anyone showing up without red formal attire will be charged an extra $5 and will bear the indignity of an appropriate costume supplied by the Dames.

The Secret Society will be providing entertainment featuring local DJs: C4 Logic, DJ Travisty and DJ HeartBurn. Along with the sound, HeartBurn (of Portland’s One Wub Records) will be bringing a video and a laser light show.

Before the dance, at 6:30 p.m., there will be the annual Hash Run – a drinking event with a running problem. Hash Runs consist of a lead runner, or “hare,” that lays a trail through several bars, to be followed by the “hounds.” At each bar, the hounds must stop for a drink, before continuing on the hare’s trail. If a hound catches the hare, the hare must hand over their undergarments, but that rarely happens. The Corvallis hash run has been a feature of the Red Dress party for years, and frequently draws hundreds of participants, including some from out of state.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Sick Town Derby Dames, which comes at a great time, as they’ve recently acquired Corvallis’ roller rink and plan to renovate. This event marks the beginning of the associated fundraising campaign. While they currently use the facilities for practices, the rink requires expansions to be able to host bouts. The Derby Dames plan to hire local contractors for the renovation.

This Red Dress Party has been around since 2002, and has become so successful in past years that it’s moved to a larger venue. In recent years it has attracted more than 400 attendees. This year promises to be one of the biggest Red Dresses yet.

The Red Dress event will take place on Friday, Feb. 21, at the Corvallis Elks’ Lodge on 1400 NW 9th Street Doors open at 9 p.m. and admission is $10.

by Tyson Beauchemin