Traditionally, CNYRD's league birthday parties have happened just before the holidays. But every year, there is just so much else going on that we decided to clear out a Saturday in early January and really celebrate. And this year we have a lot to be thankful for; Our acceptance as a WFTDA member league, our best year of recruitment to date including a newly graduated newbie class of almost 30 new skaters, the end of our quest to find a great tavel team coach (Die-Lon), and a number of very talented skaters having transferred to CNYRD from as far away Georgia and from all over the region.
We took over the Bunker Cafe at Utica Center for Development for the night of Jan 8th, and the event was called 'The Black Eye Affair' with an 80's prom theme. We saw everything from duck tape dresses to bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses to some really fancy tuxedos. It was so awesome to see everyone get all done up for a night that didnt involve stinky pads!
Some highlights included Pippi Hardknocking playing the best hostess/MC ever to pass out great raffle prizes from our sponsors; league gift to Die-Lon of a personalized Wicked Skatewear CNYRD hoodie; league gifts to the refs of personalized CNYRD keyrings; a dance off that will go down in history; a white elephant gift exchange which ended in granny panties being sported by a bunch of people; a cheesy prom photo booth setup which only got better the more it fell apart as the night went on; and more....
We wanted to send a HUGE thank you to The Big Krenowsky and Piss N Ginger for coming up with the best catering plan for $6 a head that we've EVER seen, selling tickets, buying the food, cooking it, setting up, well, you get the idea....these girls made it happen! Also thanks to Newks and Forrest and some members of our Non-Bout Events committee for helping keep things running smoothly and cleaning up.
Our good friend Marc Goldberg was on hand taking tons of great photos, you can see the whole album by clicking here.
Also there taking pics were Walter Romero , and Pete Rodriguez (see examples below)