On Sept. 28, the Susquehanna Valley Derby Vixens will host "Get Lower: A Benefit for Miss Aya Massacre," a large tournament and fundraising event to be held at the Total Sports and Activity Center, 310 Elmira St. Registration begins at 10 a.m.
"Cancer is something that affects everyone in their lives, whether it be yourself or someone you love we all hear the stories of triumph and tragedy daily. Roller derby is no exception.
With thousands of skaters around the world and being the fastest growing sport on Earth, there will be stories like this in years to come," says the benefit's Facebook page. The benefit is being held for fellow derby member and coach, Renee "Miss Aya Massacre" Folk.
Roller derby coach Renee Folk is battling melanoma for the second time. A fundraiser is planned to help her with treatment costs.
The Susquehanna Valley Derby Vixens roller derby league is planning a tournament as a fundraiser to benefit skater-coach Renee Folk, second from bottom right, as she undergoes cancer treatments.
The benefit's name, "Get Lower," is taken from the phrase Folk is often heard shouting at new skaters as she trains them to join the league, as skating in a squat is a fundamental skill for roller derby.
Folk is facing her second cancer battle and has been undergoing treatment in Philadelphia.
"I still have a long ways to go. I still have melanoma on my adrenal gland, my lung, and leg. It's going to be quite the battle. But I'll win," she said.
Proceeds from the tournament will help Folk with the costs of treatment and other expenses such as travel. Referees and volunteers can join the event by messaging the event's Facebook page or emailing SVDVMassacreBenefit@yahoo.com, and their admission fees will be waived.
Skaters must purchase tickets in advance in order to be placed on a team for bouts (roller derby matches). All skaters are required to have passed a minimum skills requirement test with a roller derby league.
Depending on the number of skaters who register, the team would like to hold a "fresh meat bout" (a match with new skaters) in addition to the tournament, as well as a men's bout. The fresh meat bout will come first and the teams will work their way up in experience as the day goes on.
Each skater will purchase his or her ticket individually and will be placed randomly on a mixed team. According to the event's Facebook page, the event is "not about rankings, divisions or playoffs.
Get Lower: A Benefit for Miss Aya Massacre is about family and taking care of one of our own that has taken such good care of us."
For those interested in their next piercing or tattoo, Totem Tattoo Studios donated a gift certificate to be raffled off at the tournament.
After the tournament, a 21-and-over after-party will be taking place at the Old Corner Hotel. All proceeds from the cover charge will be donated to Folk.
To purchase tickets for the benefit tournament, visit www.brownpapertickets.com and search for "SVDV Presents Get Lower: A Benefit for Miss Aya Masscre."
For more information on the tournament, visit its official Facebook page under the same name.
One of the confirmed bands performing will be Moxie and Rebel, an indie rock band from Williamsport. Moxie and Rebel is a five-piece band with Joe Jaser on guitar and vocals, Tim Harer on bass, Chriss Hess on guitar and vocals, Tim Redka on keys, and Mike Wrench on drums. Over time, they have evolved with new members over time, according to drummer Mike Wrench.
"Moxie and Rebel puts on a thrilling live performance with plenty of energy to feed off of. Hands down throughout their entire original set you will hear and feel something that you can hold onto and take with you. Through late night booze fueled practices, Moxie and Rebel strives to share with you what they feel in themselves. To create, and inspire," says the band's official Facebook page.
The bands cites Circa Survive, Deftones, Minus the Bear, Cursive, Brand New, The Weakerthans, The Get Up Kids, Muse, Taking Back Sunday, Coheed and Cambria, Jimmy Eat World, Clouds Make Sounds, Funeral for a Friend and Manchester Orchestra as their influences.
"For me, I was heavily influenced by Shannon Larkin (Drummer for Godsmack, Amen, Ugly kid Joe). As far as bands go, I was big in the grunge area," said Wrench on his own personal influences.
As for the songs that Moxie and Rebel will be performing, Wrench said, " Expect songs like 'All You People,' 'Certain Air,' 'Elliott,' 'Big Tipper' and many more, including new stuff."
More information on Moxie and Rebel can be found on their Facebook page or their website, www.moxieandrebel.com.