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Alex Vruno (left in pink helmet) and Sam Adducci (middle in white helmet) block the opponent.

The Fargo Civic Center will be bathed in pink this Saturday as two teams from the Fargo- Moorhead Derby Girls compete against two from the Winnipeg Roller Derby League.

All proceeds from the “bout,” or game, go toward the ‘Go Pink with the Dragons’ cancer charity. MSUM will in turn give the money to the Roger Maris Cancer Center.

Alex Vruno, or “Nutmeg,” as she is known to her teammates, is excited about the bout. The 26-year-old Fargoan has participated in the F-M Derby Girls for five years. She said this will be their third year hosting the Go Pink charity.

“MSUM has been good to us,” Vruno said. “We get excited about it because everyone gets to wear pink and the track is covered in pink.”

Vruno said being a part of roller derby kept her in Fargo longer than she anticipated.

“It made me feel a lot closer to the community,” she said. “I love to be able to kick people’s ass.”

Adducci, who graduated from MSUM in 2012, attended "Go Pink" events as a student.

Adducci, who graduated from MSUM in 2012, attended “Go Pink” events as a student.

Another derby member, Sam Adducci, or Sedducci, a 2012 MSUM graduate, will guest-compete in Saturday’s bout. Adducci said she used to attend the MSUM Go Pink events when she was a student and will now be able to help host one.

“Being able to do what I love (play Derby) and help the community simultaneously is an awesome feeling,” Adducci said.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the bout will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets prices are as follows: $12 for adults, $10 with student ID, $7 for children 6 to 12 years old and free for children 5 and under. Tickets are available at the Civic Center Box Office or are at ticketmaster.com

PHOTOS AND STORY BY MEGAN HAVIG
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