Success at Spring Fling for Restore!

14 Apr


As promised last night, the total is in!

With your help and support we raised a solid $2,000 for RESTORE Sexual Assault Services, making this the most money we have raised in one event to date! This amount also means that BRAWL has raised over $10,000 to support the community since establishing in January of 2012.

Absolutely none of this would be possible without YOU – To all of our dedicated wrestlers, volunteers, fans and supporters: THANK YOU!

We would also like to congratulate D. Cypher on her wrestling victory and Princess Slaya for raising the most money ($360) at our Spring Fling event.

BIG thank you to all the wrestlers, volunteers and to Skylark lounge for making this such a success! Wrists up!

Wrists Up!

19 Feb

BRAWL Rochester is excited to announce our Spring Event, on April 11th, to benefit Restore Sexual Assault Services!

We need your help! Are you interested in joining an amazing group of women who work to benefit other women through the theatrical arm-wrestling?

Join us!

You can fill out an application here or stop by to one of our Happy Hours — every 1st and 3rd Thursday @ Skylark Lounge.

31 Dec



Top Left – Stacey Rae Benner-Beattie (Public Relations Committee/Social Media) Top Right – Cheryl Ernst (Taskmaster Timekeeper, Referee) Bottom Left – Kristin Withall (Public Relations Committee/Design) Bottom Middle – Gretchen Arnold (Volunteer Manager/Outreach and DJ Extraordinaire) Bottom Right – Grace Ravines (External Organizer and Emcee)

As we turn three this January, Rochester BRAWL wanted to extend their
happy wishes and sincerest thank you’s. Thank you for your support,
whether it be big or small, we could not have done it without you. We
wish you a happy season no matter what you celebrate: Solstice,
Festivus, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, The Holigays and simply Winter.

Stay Warm and Stay Awesome in 2015!

❤ Wrists Up ❤


23 Oct



Saturday, October 25, 8pm, at Skylark Lounge

Don’t forget to wear your costume!

Benefiting DayStar: Where Love Shines


Thank you for making BRAWL @ RIT a success!

15 Mar

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for making last night such a success!  We raised $800 to share between REAL and CWaG’s Luminaries fund!  Thank you to RIT and CWaG, all of our amazing wrestler and their entourages, our volunteers, DJ, and all attendees and fans for supporting the amazing work that these two organizations do.  And congratulations to our champion, Buckeye, on her second consecutive victory and Incognegro for raising the most money!

Stay tuned for more from BRAWL, and for now, tell your friends, family and a stranger about how much you love BRAWL!

BRAWL @ RIT tonight!

14 Mar

Hi Friends!

Don’t forget to attend the BRAWL at RIT tonight, 7pm!  Here are directions to the RITz Sports Zone:

rit map

After parking in Lot D, head towards campus, keeping to the right of the sports building until you see a giant metal sculpture.  The SAU (Student Alumni Union) doors are right behind the sculpture.  When you enter the building, go down the stairs next to the Ben and Jerry’s and turn left.  The RITz is located right behind the stairs.

Hope to see everyone there!

Buckeye: Treading the Line Between the Field & the Stage

10 Mar

Joining us today to tell us a little more about herself is Buckeye!  Learn how she got involved in arm wrestling, and what BRAWL means to her, and don’t forget to come cheer her on this Friday, March 14th at RIT!



“Hey there BRAWL Fans, Friends and Participants! In my boring everyday life as a Nurse people know me as Liz, but when it comes to BRAWL I go by Buckeye! I was asked to write a guest blog post about why and or how I got involved with BRAWL….so here’s my story:
In late September or early October of 2012 an acquaintance of mine mentioned on Facebook that she was going to be arm wrestling for a charity event and they needed more wrestlers. This piqued my interest for a few reasons.
1. I’m super competitive.
2. The opportunity to create a persona and become someone else for an evening was exciting.
3. A chance to raise money for charities and organizations that benefit women and children is hugely important to me.
4. The theatrical aspect of the events is so entertaining that I (a closet attention wh@re) just had to be a part of.
I filled out the online application to become a wrestler and then spent a few days coming up with a persona that I felt suited me and would truly encompass something I am passionate about that would also be entertaining and translate well to spectators of all ages and backgrounds. After much consideration and many hysterical but failed costume trials “Buckeye” was born.
I’m a die hard Ohio State Buckeyes fan and so my persona incorporates an athletic based outfit in Ohio State school colors.
Late in October of 2012 I nervously stepped in to the Skylark Lounge dressed as Buckeye having no real idea what I was in for. I met with Grace, Cheryl, and Kristin who are the founders and organizers of BRAWL and they gave me the run down. Then they introduced me to the woman who would be my first ever opponent–that was Afrolicious who’s persona was this fantastic larger than life charismatic disco chic from the 70’s era and a huge fro. Fantastic and intimidating all at once. I suddenly felt out of my league but hung in and wrestled anyway.
The minute my persona was announced and the wrestler wrangler was leading me on to the stage I fell right in to character. Nerves suddenly disappeared adrenaline kicked in and the playful theatrics between myself and Afrolicious began. Ultimately she whooped me but I held my own and did not make her win an easy one. I was hooked! The friendships and camaraderie that have been established between the wrestlers the organizers and everyone involved at every level is something I cherish and I can honestly say I have fallen in love with BRAWL and all that it stands for. We have raised thousands of dollars for charity while at the same time empowering girls and women.
I have now wrestled in several events and as of our most recent event which was held this past October 2013 I am the reigning champion and I’m set to defend that title this Friday March 14th at RIT. I hope to see many of our loyal followers there as well as many new faces. I also hope some of you might take a chance on a new adventure and try your “hand” as a wrestler too! Its a win, win for everyone! — Liz (Buckeye)



Thanks Buckeye!  Come see if she can hold onto her title this weekend!

BRAWL @ RIT next weekend!

7 Mar

Don’t forget to come on by RIT this weekend to bet on your favorite BRAWLers!  This event will be held at the RITz Sports Zone on the RIT campus Friday the 14th at 7pm.  Proceeds will benefit REAL at Planned Parenthood and the Luminaries Fund at CWaG at RIT.  We’ll have 3 RIT faculty members participating as well as 2 champs, so this will be one for the books–don’t miss out!



BRAWL @ RIT this Spring!

16 Dec

We are excited to announce that BRAWL’s next event will be held on March 14th at the RITz Sports Zone at RIT! We are pairing up with REAL and the The Center for Women and Gender at RIT to throw a big spring bash! Save the date and if you are interested in wresting at this event apply now!

Big BRAWL News!

9 Dec

We are recruiting people to join our organizing team! There are all sorts of positions available such as:

  • social media guru
  • sound engineer
  • accountant
  • street team
  • and more!

All commitment levels welcome! Feel free to contact us at: with any questions!

Apply now!