By Shaley Howard, PQ Monthly
When you strut down the street in shorts and a tank are you mistaken for a female Hercules? Do you think you’re a tough brawny chick? The Warrior Room wants to see just how tough you are at the Honey Badgers and Cobras Women’s Arm Wrestling Event, a benefit for Northwest Housing Alternatives (NHA) on Sept. 14.
The Warrior Room, host of this all-women’s charity event, is a kettlebell workout studio located in Milwaukie run by brother-sister team Luke and Ashley Jensen. They’ve developed a strong partnership with NHA located just a few blocks from the Warrior Room. They’re thrilled to be part of this fundraising event and believe strongly that the health and well-being of families is dependent on affordable, safe housing.
“This all-women’s arm wrestling event is about having fun and fostering community and friendships while fundraising for a serious cause,” says Jody Schreffler (aka “Pain Fonda”), the brains and a bit of brawn behind the tournament. “I can’t remember the last time I was this pumped to donate dollars.”
NHA is the largest nonprofit developer of affordable housing in Oregon, providing safe, dignified, and affordable homes to more than 2,600 Oregonians. It was started in 1982 and includes the Annie Ross House, an emergency shelter for families, and today has 1,794 units of housing. Additionally, NHA’s Resident Services Program connects families, seniors and individuals to services, education, and resources to help them live healthy stable lives.
“Northwest Housing Alternatives’ Annie Ross House emergency shelter is the only shelter for whole families experiencing homelessness in Clackamas County,” says Tim Collier, director of communications and resource development at NHA. “Funds raised at the arm wrestling event will go to work immediately, helping local families with children transition from homelessness to stability and permanent housing,”
The arm wrestling contest breaks down into two categories: if you’re tall and tough you’re a Cobra; if you’re small and mighty you’re a Honey Badger. But this is no ordinary over-inflated, fat-head ego arm wrestling contest. The women participating in this event are coming with style and persona. Be prepared for a bit of raunchiness, sexual innuendos, and lots of laughter.
Some of wrestlers already signed up include: Brawlly Parton, Cop’Aphelia, Professor Hut-So-Good, Fever Pussy, and Mercury in Retrograde. If that isn’t enough to catch your attention and get you all tingly, Portland’s own Daria Eckhardt-Eliuk of 105.1 The Buzz will be making a star appearance and kickin’ arm butt with her usual glamorous style.
“Surrounding myself with strong, empowered, fun-loving philanthropic winners was a no-brainer. Also, I am very excited to finally be able to use the moniker Payne Mansfield, a name I have been holding on deck for more than a decade in case the pro-wrestling people ever called,” the radio host says.
The grand prize winners get three months membership at the Warrior Room (valued at $333 each) and both the grand prize winners and runners up will get custom brass knuckle beer koozies. Whoa. Once the official arm wrestling tournament is over, everyone is invited to participate in a $1 throw down. Just pick a chick from the crowd and arm wrestle. Remember all proceeds go to charity, so don’t be shy — make it rain.
Gustav from 94.7 FM will be keeping it loose DJing the event, plus there’ll be a full-service bar and beer garden loaded with Pabst Blue Ribbon, who donated 50 cases of pounders. Local vendors Painted Lady Coffeehouse, Cha Cha Cha, Duffy’s Irish Pub, and Pepper & Salt will be selling food and refreshments while Jax Body Shop massage studio and Acupuncture for Wellness will be offering their restorative touch to all competitors in need of recuperation between rounds.
PQ Monthly is the official LGBTQ newspaper and media sponsor for this event and will be having a “PQ People’s Choice Trophy” that will be voted on and awarded at the tournament. And then the party continues at Luscious Night Club afterwards.
General admission tickets for the arm wrestling event are $5 online and $10 at the door. Front row VIP tickets are still available for $20 although I’ve been told they’re selling fast. The VIP seats are directly around the wrestling arena and include arena-side beverage service. The venue has a 300 person capacity and it is expected to sell out, so I’d recommend buying tickets sooner rather than later.
Shaley Howard is a sports writer for PQ Monthly as well as an athlete, sports enthusiast, and organizer of the annual HRC Women’s 3×3 Basketball Tournament. She is also is the owner and operator of Scratch N’ Sniff Pet Care, which she considers the best job in the world. Shaley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.