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Voice of a Survivor: Monet

With your support of the Durham Crisis Response Center (DCRC) this Saturday at LUEWWD’s SuperCLAW party, you can give survivors like Monet* a chance to make it through crisis and share their voice. 

Monet came to America with her children five years ago from Africa. She described her family as victims of genocide and other forms of horrific torture and abuse. She suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Her husband arrived in America later and was emotionally abusive and controlling. He raped her. He would refuse to work and instead would extort money from Monet by threatening to “hurt her in a way she will never forget it.”

The family was getting evicted but Monet worked with a Vocational Counselor and soon was connected to appropriate housing. She left without her husband’s knowledge and as such left everything else behind, too. That meant she did not have any furnishings. Monet was referred to a DCRC counselor to address the sexual assault and PTSD. Through Pennies for Change, the thrift store, she received a number of household items.

More about DCRC.

*Name was changed.

Other stories:

Maggie

Holly

DeShawna

Voice of a Survivor: DeShawna

With your support of the Durham Crisis Response Center (DCRC) this Saturday at LUEWWD’s SuperCLAW party, you can give survivors like DeShawna* a chance to make it through crisis and share their voice. 

DeShawna and her children were barricaded in an apartment with her ex-boyfriend. After assaulting DeShawna, the assailant released all of the hostages including her nine children ranging from four-months to 16-years-old. That’s when the situation turned into a barricaded incident. Dozens of officers from a special law enforcement team surrounded the building for nearly five hours, repeatedly asking the gunman to come out. Finally they had to use tear gas and storm the door.

The assailant was charged with 10-counts of second-degree kidnapping, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a weapon of mass destruction, breaking and entering, assault on a female and communicating threats.

The tear gas destroyed all of DeShawn’s possessions. She came to DCRC for immediate crisis intervention and court advocacy. Pennies for Change, the thrift store, provided the family with beds, linen, clothing, kitchen items, and a number of other things.

More about DCRC.

*Name was changed.

Other stories:

Maggie

Monet

Holly

Raising the Roof at DCRC

On Saturday, June 16th, LUEWWD will be hosting a fundraising party for the Durham Crisis Response Center (DCRC)DCRC is the only agency in Durham County that works with survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

All funds raised will go toward roof repairs at DCRC’s main office. It’s tough for non-profits to obtain corporate or financial sponsorship of maintenance issues, and staff will not make these repairs at a cost to the services they provide to families in crisis. LUEWWD is stepping in to close the funding gap and raise that roof!

Starting at 9:00 p.m., we’ll be streaming the national ladies’ arm wrestling championship SuperCLAW, being held in Charlottesville, VA, LIVE on the huge screen at Fullsteam Brewery.  

Featured on the kick-ass poe-ster below is LUEWWD/Durham’s representative Ze Dirty Butcher (AKA Jayme Dyer, who formerly competed as Ze Monster, Ze Lunch Lady and Turdley McStinkfinger). She’ll be up against seven contestants from arm wrestling leagues across the country. Not only will she be fighting for some extra champion pride, but she’ll also be bringing an equal share of SuperCLAW funds raised back to Durham and DCRC.

At the local event at Fullsteam, you’ll be able to throw some dollars on a 50/50 raffle, and feel good about drinking some extra pints because $1 from each purchase will go to DCRC.

You can also buy “shingle(s)” to help build a roof for DCRC at the bar that night! The person who buys the most “shingles” will take home a certificate to receive an official SuperCLAW poster signed by the national contestants.

Former LUEWWD contestants will be on hand for added entertainment. So far, Princess Slaya, Sassy McKlassy, Peter Pain and HERcules plan to be there in full form!

RSVP to the SuperCLAW viewing party invite! (or not, and we’ll just be happy to see you there!)

Can’t make it? Support DCRC with a donation now! (Be sure to write “LUEWWD” as the Designation!)

LUEWWD VI Results

It’s going to be hard to replicate an event like LUEWWD VI: March BADness.  Honestly, as we saw the torrential downpour wash out our food truck and cornhole pre-game, we were certain that our numbers would fall far short of what we expected. But the rain didn’t stop loyal LUEWWD fans from showing up to support their favorite contestants and entourage members and it definitely didn’t stop them from reaching deep into their pockets to pull out $7,190 for Schoohouse of Wonder. This sizable total smashed last summer’s record breaking event locally and puts LUEWWD at the top of fundraising nationally. Speaking of records, a certain Lil Chick and the Left Wingers raked in an awe-inspiring total of $2,023 to secure their spot as Madame Moneymaker. While we typically don’t expect contestants to pass a thousand, Tooth Scary also pulled in a kick-ass total of $1,160! Another highlight was the elaborate chariot that ushered in Hercules who took home the coveted Durham Diva title. This time around we had a last minute contestant cancellation which meant that a LUEWWD organizer’s name was drawn from the hat and Dirty D was the lucky one to face the contestants. She didn’t quite make it to the championship round according to the Natty Greene’s LUEWWD bracket, but she did go home with a stylish Queen of the Losers award. Even though Lady Lightning and Arm Raider did not rise to the top of the heap, they both had fabulous entourages with character-appropriate items to get monetary votes. The big ticket item, the handmade LUEWWD champion belt, belonged to Wonder Bread at the end of the night as she defeated a sultry Sedusa in a stale mate hula hoop throw down. The new Moshi Moshi Stale Mate Wheel was a huge hit and transformed some tense arm wrestling sessions into hula hoop thrown downs, full body rock-paper-scissors showdowns, decisive thumb wrestling matches and electrifying dance-offs.

We’ve got lots of folks to thank for the success of the event:

–     The voluptuous Marilyn Manho managed to squeeze every penny out of the LUEWWD crowd as the emcee.

–     Rose Hoban returned to the stage, this time to serve as the ref (and what a great ref she was, ensuring wrestler safety and calling some tough shots!).

–     The sexy duo Madame Muscle and Fur Pelton John provided some eye candy for the crowd as our Round Girl and Round Boy.

–     The panel of judges: Irene Dwinnell, the Schoolhouse of Wonder representative, added a bit of sass as Lady Justice; Kaferine de Nerve, our beloved Beaver Queen representative, added in some holier-than-thou judgment dressed as a nun; and Robert Bland, the man who will soon have a LUEWWD logo tattooed on his body, was judging simply as his generosity-inducing self.

–      As the evening’s DJ, MAYDNEW’s May Alexander maintained the appropriate beat for every type of crazy activity that happened on stage.

–      Jayme Johnson (formerly Turdley McStinkfinger, Ze Lunch Lady, Ze Monsta, LUEWWD IV Round Girl, etc) was our new stage bouncer (which kept her really busy!).

–      LisaCaitlin Hess (formerly Little Big Red) helped to keep us all in line as the volunteer coordinator

–      Photographers BJ Council and Ann Oshel snapped several hundred memorable shots.

–      Becky, of Pie Pushers, organized the food trucks for the event and was joined by Chirba Chirba and The Parlour.

–      The Casbah staff kept up with the demand of a dynamic crowd and the fundraising sales of the color-changing commemorative LUEWWD cups donated by AdSpice.

–      Poe, of Phunco, designed an incredible poster for the event yet again and helping us with our Web site.

–      The volunteers who controlled the evening’s hilarious chaos: Kay Bond, Steve Cameron, Murphie Chappell (formerly Phoenix Rising), Debra Duncan, Carrie Fields, Mike Gulley, Kristin Hawk, Anelda Hess, Mike Hess, Steve Hess, Bejal Kikani (formerly The Beastal), Andrea Mastrobuono, Sujata Mody, Christine Nguyen, Betsy O’Donovan, Cindy Scipio, Bill Smith, Sara Venables and Erika Wilson (formerly Princess Slaya and Ruby Red)

If you’re ready for it, click here for photographic evidence

LUEWWD VI Pre-Game!

LUEWWD VI is this Saturday! Here are some important things you need to know…

First things first…FOOD TRUCKS!!! Stuff your bellies with some local flavors from a sample of the Cookery’s cache of food trucks: Pie Pushers, Chirba Chirba, and the Parlour . Food trucks will be arriving in the Casbah parking lot (1007 W. Main Street) at 6:00. At that time you can grab a bite and a beer!

Secondly, we will be selling commemorative LUEWWD cups donated by AdSpice. If you were at LUEWWD IV you know how awesome these are. Cups cost a buck and will get you $1 off of Natty Greene’s beer all night long. We ran out last time so be sure to get there early and get your drink on!

We’re also laying out a couple of cornhole sets along with some ladder golf next to the food trucks before the event starts. If you’ve never played these games before and don’t know what we’re talking about then come and find out!

As mentioned before, please hit up the ATM before you get here. We’ve got shirts, we’ve got open table wrestling and we’ve got contestants earning your dollars!

Lastly, our beneficiary, Schoolhouse of Wonder, picked the after party location for LUEWWD VI. So after the event is over join the beneficiary team at the bar durham for a nightcap. A LUEWWD wristband will get you in for free! Rumor has it that there may be a special LUEWWD drink…

Stories of Wonder…

We wanted to share with  you some parent and camper perspectives from the Schoolhouse of Wonder. Read about Rosie’s experience below:

From a SHOW parent about her daughter’s experience:

“I always know it’s been a great day at Schoolhouse when Rosie comes home grubby, smelling of camp fire, full of stories of the day’s adventures and really ready for a good night’s sleep. Schoolhouse offers girls a unique opportunity to truly be themselves without limits. In this special environment, Rosie has developed long-lasting friendships with other campers and the SHOW counselors.”
 
From the camper:
 
“I love Schoolhouse of Wonder.  I go there every year.  I started when I was 5 and now my brother comes as well.  The day is spent outside, playing big woods games, running around, swimming, singing, everything I love.  Once in Winter Camp we built a village with a library, bakery, construction committee, camp fire and hotel with a swinging vine.  It was really fun!
After lunch we have sing along and story time.  I love the stories.  The counselors are very nice and creative and make everyone feel welcome.  At Schoolhouse, we learn skills that help us outdoors.  You get to do things like make walking sticks and bird houses.  Sometimes you get to cook with a campfire.  I have had a great experience there and when I’m 13 I’m hoping to come back as a CIT [Counselor in Training].”  –Rosie, age 9

Stories of Wonder…

We wanted to share with  you some parent and camper perspectives from the Schoolhouse of Wonder. Read about Rosie’s experience below:

From a SHOW parent about her daughter’s experience:

“I always know it’s been a great day at Schoolhouse when Rosie comes home grubby, smelling of camp fire, full of stories of the day’s adventures and really ready for a good night’s sleep. Schoolhouse offers girls a unique opportunity to truly be themselves without limits. In this special environment, Rosie has developed long-lasting friendships with other campers and the SHOW counselors.”
 
From the camper:
 
“I love Schoolhouse of Wonder.  I go there every year.  I started when I was 5 and now my brother comes as well.  The day is spent outside, playing big woods games, running around, swimming, singing, everything I love.  Once in Winter Camp we built a village with a library, bakery, construction committee, camp fire and hotel with a swinging vine.  It was really fun!
After lunch we have sing along and story time.  I love the stories.  The counselors are very nice and creative and make everyone feel welcome.  At Schoolhouse, we learn skills that help us outdoors.  You get to do things like make walking sticks and bird houses.  Sometimes you get to cook with a campfire.  I have had a great experience there and when I’m 13 I’m hoping to come back as a CIT [Counselor in Training].”  –Rosie, age 9

Tattoo a judge for $700

This just in… our esteemed judge Robert Bland will be selling off a section of his body that will be tattooed with the famous LUEWWD logo (designed by phunco). He’s not a cheap date either! If we raise $700 during the open table wrestling round (that’s where the audience can pay money to arm wrestle anyone they want- except our championship round competitors) then Robert will get a REAL tattoo of the LUEWWD logo. Obviously, that $700 will all go directly to Schoolhouse of Wonder. Get ready to flex some muscles, get on stage and donate to a good cause!

That means you need to bring cash! Also remember, one of the ways contestants win is by collecting the most cash from the crowd. So, be sure to hit the ATM before you come!

Lastly, we’ve still got some handmade, custom designed, upcycled LUEWWD t-shirts. They’re going for a sweet price of 10 bucks. Schoolhouse of Wonder will also be selling shirts. So again…bring cash (or a check made out to Schoolhouse of Wonder!).

That’s it for now LUEWWD fans! Get pumped!! If you have questions please email luewwd@gmail.com

LUEWWD VI poster is here!

Spread the word! The LUEWWD VI poster is here! Snag it here and post it there. Share it with all your friends on facebook. Tell them to come and support those lady arm wrestlers as the try to win the prize and raise some money for the Schoolhouse of Wonder. Bring some cash to give to your favorite wrestler, enter the raffle or pledge some money to wrestle. You might even be able to buy off the judges, …hint, hint.

Moshi Moshi sponsors LUEWWD!!

Moshi Moshi Means Hello! Moshi Moshi salon has responded to LUEWWD’s “call to arms” with a $1,000 sponsorship! Staffed by a talented crew of Moshettes, Moshi Moshi just opened an additional salon location in Durham’s Golden Belt. We are so excited that Moshi Moshi is now a part of our ridiculously fun arm-wrestling spectacle that raises funds for local non-profits benefiting women and girls. Winner of the Indy Weekly’s Best Salon title 2007-2010, Moshi Moshi has consistently supported local fundraising efforts on behalf of organizations like Orange County Rape Crisis Center, Planned Parenthood, Club Nova and Sick Girls Speaks! Check out their new location!