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Charm City Roller Girls raise thousands for hate crime victim

How about some good news? 

The Charm City Roller Girls raised more than $2,000 at their bout this past Saturday, through beer sales and private donations. The money will go to James Privott, a 76-year-old victim of a hate crime.

The Roller Girls will also give Privott a $100 gift card to Rusty Scupper and a $250 gift certificate to Dick's Sporting Goods, which he can use to buy more fishing equipment (Privott had just finished fishing when he was attacked by a group of white men).

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If you missed the bout but still want to make a contribution, the Roller Girls have set up a PayPal button on their Web site, which goes directly to the Privott donation fund.

They're going to keep the button up on their site until Friday, according to league member Tara Gebhardt. They hope to hit $3,000 by the end of the week ...

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Last week, Gebhardt was watching the news about the hate crime, and imagined herself in Privott's position.

"What if I was packing my skating gear and somebody came up and attacked me?," she said. "This is supposed to be your outlet -- your fun thing in life. We really want to be able to show him our support so he can hopefully get the association of this horrible thing away from fishing as soon as possible."

The Roller Girls felt even worse about the crime when they realized Privott's attackers were young people -- about the same age as many of the Roller Girls.

"We wanted to show him he does have the support of the young people in the community," Gebhardt said.

(Baltimore Sun photo by Barbara Haddock Taylor)

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