Entering its second decade of existence, the Los Angeles Derby Dolls track roller derby league is looking for a new home.
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Its lease at its longtime venue the Doll Factory in Historic Filipinotown is coming to an end because the property's owner wants to build a mixed-use project with 200 housing units. The good news is that the league has a little more time - until the end of April - to find new digs, says co-founder Rebecca Ninburg.
Until then the L.A. women of roller derby are raising mad cash:
Its Indiegogo campaign seeks a whopping $100,000 and has already amassed about one-third of that in little more than a week.
Ninburg explained that the 150-skater organization will need to put down a lot of cash on a large venue - 6,000 square feet are needed for the track alone - and then get various city permits. "One-hundred thousand is just to get us into the space," she told us:
All the arenas in town are cost prohibitive We'll also need a naming sponsor to help subsidize our move. We're looking for sponsors and people who will really fit with our brand, which is about empowering women and supporting women's sports.
But a planned March end to the league's run at 1910 W. Temple St. has been extended to April, she said, including a scheduled, April 19 event there. The league has matches set for March 1 and March 8 too.
In the meantime the Derby Dolls is moving forward with nonprofit, 501(c)(3) status, which should make the league's life a little easier when it comes to taxes and, yes, finding that new place to live.
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"I appreciate the time we've been here in Filipinotown," Ninburg says. "It's been really, really awesome."