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FL Lunachicks and Trevor’s Gift team up

They are tough and have names like “Malice,” “Mayhem” and “Venom”, “Ninja” and “Killer Hill.” But when it comes to children, these ladies are cream puffs.That’s why, on Saturday, Finger Lakes Lunachicks roller derby team donated a portion of the proceeds from their latest bout to Trevor’s Gift, the Waterloo backpack program. Now in its fifth year, Trevor’s Gift has provided more than 25,000 packages of food in the backpacks of nutritionally needy children in Waterloo.“We are so grateful to these awesome athletes who chose to help feed our hungry kids,” said Trevor’s Gift cochair Doris Wolf as she accepted the check. “Their gift will feed five Waterloo children for a month through the backpack program. We are constantly amazed at the generosity of people in the community and the creative ways they find to help feed our kids.”Through Trevor’s Gift, a bag of food is placed in the backpack of nutritionally needy children in pre kindergarten through grade 12 each Friday. It will provide nutrition for the children over the weekend until they can return to school and have access to the cafeterias.When children have good nutrition, they are better able to focus in school, have better health and better attendance, earning higher grades. Trevor’s Gift is currently providing food for 135 kids weekly.The bags of food for Trevor’s Gift are purchased from Foodlink in Rochester at a cost of $5 per bag. It costs $20 to feed a child for a month and $200 to feed a child for a school year. Tax deductible contributions may be sent to Waterloo Education Foundation, Main Street Shop Center, Waterloo 13165. Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TrevorsGift.The Finger Lakes Lunachicks was formed in the summer of 2012 and was originally based in Auburn. As the team expanded, it attracted members from a throughout the Finger Lakes community. The members voted to rename the team and move to Geneva.The Lunachicks are led by Tuff Mama (Wendy Miller) who passed on her love of the sport and her three years of derby experience in Ithaca to those who dared to dust off their old quad skates or try to lace up for the first time. Using posters, social media and working with local skating rinks like Reva Rollerdome, the team attracted women from all across the area. By day the women are lawyers, students, nurses, bankers, waitresses or mothers, but by night they are transformed into hip-checking wild women in fishnets.“Tuff Mama set out to bring the Finger Lakes community a strong sport for women, and with it created an empowering group of sisters who stand by each other through thick and thin,” said Lunachick member Caitlin Cieri.The Lunachicks recently moved into their new home at the Lyons Community Center, 9 Manhattan St., Lyons. Their next, and final, home bout will be October 25 vs. the BC Rollers from Binghamton. Admission is $8 presale and $10 at the door, and $5 for kids 12 and under. Presale tickets are available at Lyons Community Center, Finger Lakes Gift & Lounge, Beef & Brew, the Pour House or from any team member.

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