By all counts, it was a success, said event co-coordinator Angela "Dee Bauchery" Kroslak, who skates in the Tampa Roller Derby's rec league with Catherine "Demi Morgue" Matthews Preston.
A little less than $2,000 in cash was collected (final count not official yet) and attendees donated clothes, toiletries, household items and shoes, etc.
Sadly, Kroslak and her cohorts got a rude lesson in the pesky challenges of benefit event organizing.
The outlook for helping Sandy victims grew a little dim after a "strange" exchange between the event organizers and the man hired to to transport the items. He backed out and the Prestons and Kroslak are now left scurrying for options to deliver donations up north.
"I don't want to publicly throw him under the bus," Kroslak said, "but he did lead me to believe that he had a truck going up to New Jersey and two storage units of things going up. However, it seems that maybe he was just a middle man. ... Long story short, he was working with someone else and when plans changed and the items needed to go down to Cape Coral to be sorted and then shipped up north, he didn't want to be involved anymore."
There are some tentative plans with an alternate transport but things are still in limbo, Kroslak said.
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