Summer is just starting and for most that means heading out for vacations. However for some dedicated.. . . very dedicated young women and men, it means weekly workouts in the late afternoon heat and raising $1,000 just to be in those workouts culminating in the August 11 Blondes vs. Brunettes.
Benefiting the local Alzheimer’s Association, the all-female powder puff (it should be called “power puff”) game has grown in just five years and now has moved to the Cotton Bowl, with a goal of raising $275,000 with the additional help of returning sponsors Bud Light, Ebby Halliday Companies and Camp Gladiator.
If you’re under the impression that the players fret about chipped nails and smeared makeup, rethink that. The teams are over-the-top competitors who can hold their own in pigskin strategy and on-the-field plays. Those who have watched from the bleachers are amazed how these teammates play for keeps.
Perhaps the reason for the fierce competition is due to the fact that their coaches are par excellence. Sure, they’re cute, but they’re also tough because they, too, want to win.
This year in addition to the move to Fair Park, there’s revenge in the air. Last year the Blondes got a taste of defeat and they didn’t like it one little bit. There was talk that the Bru’s had recruited a “ringer.”
On the other hand, the Bru’s aren’t about to let 2011 be a one-time “WOW!” win.
BvB Mother Hen Erin Finegold, who has tirelessly orchestrated every step of the big $$ fundraiser, is a smart leader and a volunteer at that. To safeguard the program’s future, “We restructured the organization to ensure that when I do eventually leave, that there are capable people at the top to take over when I’m not around.”
This restructuring has resulted in the following folks stepping up for this year’s matchup:
- Rookie Chair — Jennifer Bergman
- Events and Spirit Committee Chair — Caroline Terry
- Game-Day Chair — Axel Garrido
- Fundraising Co-chairs — Brooke Fawcett and Katie Hicks
- Merchandise Chair — Chelsea Baird
Heading up the two teams will be:
Captains – Holly Aldredge and
- Head Coach –
- Captains –
Lindsay Wike and
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The teams all come together for the kick-off party presented by Bud Light this Friday at Revive Uptown from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. The $15 charge at the door goes to the Alzheimer’s Association, of course.