I’m retiring my (occasional) series on upcoming weekend events in the area. We have an events calendar on the website already, PLUS I Tweet daily events and re-Tweet other daily and upcoming events on a regular basis, so I think we’re covered on those. Instead I’m going to try a new (and hopefully interesting) series about people and groups in the area that I think everyone should be aware of. (PS I REALLY wanted to name this series "People in Your Neighborhood" but that is taken already by some show - maybe Sesame Street? - and I didn't think it was right to steal it. Oh well.)
First up I’m going to talk about a group that is very near and dear to my heart, The Modified Dolls. This non-profit organization is made up of tattooed, pierced, and otherwise ‘modified’ women who work together to raise money, donations, and awareness for different charities. The idea began with one determined young woman in Kennewick, Washington, and has now blossomed to include hundreds of ladies throughout the United States and other countries. Yeah, it really is that big a deal.
Though part of the greater Washington Chapter, there is a small group of Dolls located right here in Spokane that plan events in the area to benefit both local and non-local charities. They held a benefit show at The Hop just this last winter, with cash donations from the event going to both RAINN.org and a local women’s shelter. They collected personal care items and food stuff that went to the shelter as well. Last summer they held a bake sale during one of the Pasties and Paddles burlesque shows, and repeated the activity in November at another Pasties and Paddles extravaganza (this time with the funds earned going to Feed America). Unfortunately there are only about five Dolls (one just graduated from Gonzaga and is leaving to join the Peace Corps but they were happy to recently welcome in a new Doll to fill the gap) in this area and putting on regular events has proven difficult, so they’ve spent most of their time participating in events held by other Dolls in Yakima and the TriCities area instead.
But our Spoko-local Modified Dolls won’t be deterred. They see a lot of potential in Spokane and the surrounding area and they are determined to hold or participate in more events here. That is why they are doing (yet) another bake sale with the Pasties and Paddles burlesque troop, this time at the Cabaret Royale on May 25th (with the proceeds from the bake sale going toward the March of Dimes). In June they’ll be going pin-up style and working a booth at Swamp Stomp for World Wildlife Fund, as well as participating in the Rainbow Festival at Riverfront Park. In July they’re heading out as a group to build houses with Habitat for Humanity at a new development project in Deer Park, and in August they are hoping once again to hold a large event of their own (maybe a Rock Band Tournament for the charity Child’s Play? They’re still working that one out). They’ll also be heading to the Tricities area and the Seattle area for bikini motorcycle washes, zombie balls, and pride festivals – all in the name of doing good things for other people.
So you’ll start seeing them around town more and more as the year progresses, and I encourage you to strike up a conversation with them, see what they’re all about, and if you are a modified lady yourself who is interested in helping others, perhaps apply to be a Doll yourself.
*Check back on Fridays for more installments of my "Get to Know People in Spokane" blog series. Have a person or group you think should be featured? Leave me a note in the comments or on Twitter at @MyFoxSpokane. I’ve got a few people/groups lined up in the next few weeks but I’m always excited at the idea of finding more.
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