Pink Ladies prepare to throw season-opening party
Darts league to start season, with proceeds going to help individuals fight cancer. The ladies invite women to join them for fun and camaraderie at different venues each week for a good cause.
DICKINSON – It’s so nice when we can “get two birds with one stone.”
For example, when folks join together to have fun WHILE helping a charitable organization AND donating to a worthy cause, that’s a harmonic convergence to be proud of and spread the news far and wide.
One such organization, the Dickinson Pink Ladies darts organization, is getting ready for their season-opener and the next three months or so will be filled with fun for women in a non-competitive environment. The extra, added bonus is that their organization pools money together to help folks who are fighting cancer, and they’ve been able to help a half-dozen people already this year.
The organization will be hosting their season-opener at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 26 at Bernie’s Esquire Club – located at 43 Sims Street in Dickinson – and will get together each Sunday thereafter (except Easter and Mother’s Day) for about eight total weeks of the season and the events take roughly one to two hours each week to play. A few of the beneficiaries of the various donations will be on hand next Sunday and there also will be a potluck lunch associated with the event at noon to honor them.
The group encourages women who love to play darts to come together each weekend and have fun, and they go to a different site each week. That gives people – especially newcomers who don’t know the area that well, or those who want to get out of the house for a little while – a chance to meet new darts enthusiasts in a welcoming environment that’s fun for all. Also, the group hosted a blind draw back in January and will be preparing another one in May that will allow men and women to combine in the effort and raise even more money for the cause.
Brittney Beach, who serves as secretary for the organization, said they have been together for the past two years after joining the nationwide group as a local chapter.
“Our membership fluctuates, so I think we started with about 10 women and our last winter season we had 22 women,” Beach said. “So, we’ve doubled in size, and we’re gearing up for our spring league.”
The fees for each week are about $11, and the teammates cover the cost of their games at each new venue.
“It’s super-simple to join,” Beach said. “You just have to be a woman over 21 years of age and we have teams of two each – so you need to bring a girlfriend – and just reach out to Badlands Music or reach out to our Facebook page and we can get you signed up to throw.”
The Pink Ladies organization started in Yankton, SD in 2011 and the group has spread across the country over the last dozen years. There are roughly nine doubles matches each week, with 301 games and a few cricket matches thrown in for good measure.
“There’s a lot of women who really love this league because it’s really non-competitive,” Beach said. “We have a few leagues in Dickinson that play a lot more matches and it’s a competitive league, but Pink Ladies is just strictly for fun.
“We’re really excited to have this platform to help our community and it’s been really rewarding to be a part of, because cancer has touched every one of us – in one way or another – and there’s a huge need in our community that we’re happy to be able to help a little bit and let them know they’re not alone.”
For more information about the Dickinson Pink Ladies Darts group, please visit https://www.facebook.com/dickinsonpinkladiesdarts/ . To reach Badlands Music, please visit http://www.badlandsmusic.net/ .