The Denver Kickball Coalition (DKBC) and Denver Roller Dolls roller derby league will have their annual charity kickball game, known as Dolls and Balls, and raffle on Tuesday, July 1 at 7:00 p.m.. Admission is free, but proceeds from the raffle will be going to Girls Incorporated, an organization tasked with helping girls obtain education and independence.
The event typically takes place during the first week of July, and is in its sixth year. This year, it will be held at Observatory Park, 2100 S Fillmore St, near Evans and University. The groups hope to raise enough money to beat what they were able to do in 2013.
“Last year we were able to donate enough money to help twelve girls in the program,” said Shane Adam of the DKBC, one of the event’s organizers. “We’re really hoping to raise awareness and get even more people this year to help us out.”
Prizes for the raffle are all donated by local businesses and individuals. They include gift cards from venues such as Sputnik and the Hi-Dive, bottles of alcohol (the winners of these must show proof of age), swag from the Roller Dolls, T-Shirts, CDs from Colorado Public Radio’s OpenAir, Tattoo gift certificates, and even a terrarium.
The event itself consists of a kickball game played by women from both leagues (no boys are allowed to play), and lasts an hour or two. Tickets for the raffles will be sold before and during the game, and after the game is completed the raffle will be held.
“It’s really one of the most fun events we do,” says Adam, “plus it’s our way of giving a little something back to the community. Anybody who wants to come out and help support is welcome, and who knows, you might win something yourself.”