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The Running Of The (Roller)Bulls

The Running Of The (Roller)Bulls

I saw the horned beast coming at me out of the corner of my eye, but was not quick enough to escape its wrath.  When I looked down to where I was hit I could see the viscous red liquid dripping down my arm and the red stain that blossomed on my white t-shirt. I’d been gored! Yes I had signed up for the Running of The Bulls with my team the Rhody Mamas, but we were not in Pamplona. This was right in downtown Providence, and it was not a bull who’d run amok that got me, but rather a Roller Derby queen on a mission.

Yes, I’d been gored! But, I’d been Gored For Good in the inaugural Get Gored For Good Running of The Bulls fundraiser and festival to benefit Amos House.  This consisted of Providence Roller Derby Team members called “Rollerbulls”, donning horns, and armed with paintbrushes of red paint chasing down the runners.

I have to say I have never laughed so hard during a run, which by the way, I learned takes way more lung capacity than usual.  Before the run even began Amos House announced that already over $115,000.00 had been raised to house the approximately 150 Men, Women and children who stay with Amos house each night, and to help feed the approximately 800 who come to them for meals each day. The funds will also be used towards their counseling and job programs following the Amos House Motto of “Helping people help themselves.”

The Mission Statement of Amos House Reads:

Amos House is a nonprofit social services agency that provides hospitality and direct services to the homeless and poor of Rhode Island. We work in collaboration with other agencies and groups to address issues of hunger, homelessness and poverty.

The family friendly event had us running through down city Providence for no more than two miles…maybe a bit less in fact…and included a lovely water/juice/snack stop where I was also able to have my own set of bull horns made for me by the balloon artist on hand. We ended with the  festival in Burnside Park where there was a band playing, and more funds were raised with food for purchase from local food trucks and vendors, SugarRush, Championship Melt, Plouf Plouf,and Friendship Cafe, as well as beverages for sale by sponsors Narragansett Beer, Revival Beer and Opici Sangria. There was also face painting and the balloon artist,but the highlight for me (other than the Sangria!) had to be the Mechanical bull.

A fellow Rhody Mama riding the bull!

This event was a total blast for a great cause! Now I can’t wait to go see the Providence Roller Derby in action from the sidelines, when I’m not running from them with faux terror.


February is All About The Heart: Alex & Ani Goes Red For The American Heart Association

February is All About The Heart: Alex & Ani Goes Red For The American Heart Association

With my co-Hosts Audrey McClelland and Sherri Tracey at our Alex & Ani Party to benefit The American Heart Association

February is all about the heart, and The American Heart Association wants to raise awareness about the # 1 killer of women (& men) in America.  All this month through events like the Red on the Runway fashion show at Styleweek Northeast, Alex & Ani parties with a purpose, and the Go Red for women luncheon, the message of how to stay heart healthy is being spread.  

On February 1st to help kick off a month of Heart Health awareness for The American Heart Association , (deemed Wear Red Day by the AHA) ,  several  Alex & Ani stores held Parties With A Purpose.  Stores flooded with women in red shopping for a purpose, while awareness was raised about heart health, and the risks for women. The Alex & Ani Best Friends Bangle created in conjunction with The American Heart Association through Alex & Ani Charity By Design, which donates a portion of proceeds from each bangle to the charity.

Having lost my father to heart disease when I was 13 years old, this effort is near and dear to me.   I became involved with The American Heart Association last year, and before then had not realize that Heart Disease was the #1 killer of women.  I was also shocked to meet a couple of survivors who completely went against my perception of what someone who might suffer a heart attack would look like.  Both of them slim, fit, women in their mid-forties who eat right and exercise.

The most poignant quote that I heard from spokesperson Deb Kozial was when she asked her doctor if someone like her, in such good shape, could suffer a heart attack, then why bother doing all of the things she had been doing to stay healthy when it happened anyway? Her doctor replied that if she had not been in such good shape, the two of them would not be sitting there having that conversation, because her body would not have been strong enough to have survived.

The symptoms that women exhibit when experiencing a heart attack are different from what a men might experience, and are important to be aware of.   Women may experience chest Pain, Pain in Arms, Neck or Jaw, stomach pain or discomfort, sweating, shortness of breath, nausea, light-headedness or fatigue. I love this short by Elizabeth Banks that so perfectly captures the mom mentality when it comes to her life.

The Go Red campaign intends to spread the message that women, who are so often busy taking care of everybody else, need to take care of themselves first, and remind other women they love in their lives, mothers, sisters, and girlfriends, to do the same. For more heart healthy tips on prevention go to the American Heart Association website. After all, in the month of February it’s all about the heart.