Jet City Roller Derby skaters show their colors while warming up at practice at the Everett Skate Deck. The roller derby league is hosting a comedy show and silent auction in Everett on June 8. (Herald file)

Jet City Roller Derby skaters show their colors while warming up at practice at the Everett Skate Deck. The roller derby league is hosting a comedy show and silent auction in Everett on June 8. (Herald file)

Roller derby’s fundraiser promises to roll in the laughs

The comedy show and silent auction in Everett will feature three comedians and bid items galore.

Snohomish County’s own Jet City Roller Derby is hosting a comedy show fundraiser next weekend.

This year’s Rollin’ for a Cause — featuring stand-up performances by Geoff Young, Joe Vespaziani and Brad Upton — is scheduled for June 8 at the Northwest Music Hall in the Everett Mall. This is the third year in a row the Everett-based roller derby league has hosted a show by Northwest comedians. There will also be a silent auction, a beer garden and a concession stand.

“Who doesn’t love laughing?” said Jet City’s Helena Miller, an event organizer. “They’re just hilarious, they’re really funny, so it’s going to be a great time.”

All three comedians have been asked to keep their material PG-13. “We wanted it to be family friendly,” Miller said.

The event is a fundraiser for the roller derby league. Last year’s Rollin’ for a Cause event raised $6,800. This year’s goal is $7,000. The money goes toward rink rentals and travel expenses.

“This will help us keep our league dues affordable for skaters,” said Kathy Holmes, who also helped organize the event. “Anything to help reduce out-of-pocket costs is greatly appreciated.”

The auction boasts more than 100 items up for bid — and most of them are valued at $100 or less. You’ll see gift baskets and gift cards galore.

Auction items also will include tickets to Seattle Storm and Silvertips games, a Lady Yum champagne party, a loaf of bread every month for a year from Macrina Bakery, an Oola Distillery tasting tour and a tandem skydive with Skydive Snohomish.

The top prize? A boudoir photography session with Jet City’s Dana McGlocklin, also known as Shutter Up. McGlocklin is owner of Urban Utopia Photography in Everett. The session for couples is valued at $550. Another Jet City skater, Amy Eskelsen (her roller derby name is Ruby Ruff-N-Tumble) contributed two handmade quilts, worth $300 each.

Jet City Roller Derby was established in 2006. The league, formerly known as the Jet City Rollergirls, is comprised of three teams — the Bombers, Skyraiders and Aviators. Each team has its own fan following. Teams practice at Everett Skate Deck; home games are held at Edmonds Community College.

The Bombers — Jet City’s all-star team — won the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association Division II national title in 2013.

Miller, 41, of Snohomish, also known as Chic-lets Rock, or just “Rocky” for short, is a special education teacher at Mountlake Terrace High School. She’s been playing for Jet City since 2012.

“It was that movie called ‘Whip It.’ My oldest son really wanted to go see a roller derby game. It was at Everett Community College,” Miller said. “I was like ‘Oh my god, I need to do that’ and literally bought my gear that very next Saturday. I have been doing it ever since.”

Holmes, 44, of Lake Stevens, works for Heckman Inc., a mechanical insulation company. She’s been with Jet City since its founding. Her roller derby name is Angelica Della Morte.

“My husband and I came across the Texas ‘Rollergirls’ reality show on TV,” Holmes said. “We watched that and I thought that it was the coolest thing ever.”

Miller and Holmes both play for the Skyraiders, a home team, and the Bombers, a travel team.

Up next: The Bombers are headed to Pennsylvania for the East Coast Derby Extravaganza in June.

Sara Bruestle: 425-339-3046; sbruestle@heraldnet.com.

If you go

Jet City Roller Derby’s second annual comedy show and silent auction is 6 to 8 p.m. June 8 at the Northwest Music Hall in the Everett Mall, 1402 SE Everett Mall Way, Everett. Featuring stand-up by Joe Vespaziani, Geoff Young and Brad Upton and more than 100 items up for auction. Tickets are $20 each. More at www.jetcityrollerderby.com.

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