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In August, the League of Upper Extremity Wrestling Women of Durham hosted its “Legends of the LUEWWDiverse” at Motorco Music Hall, an evening of theatrical and competitive women’s arm wrestling. The event drew a crowd of some 450 people, and Pamela Zabala Ortiz won first place, beating seven other contestants. The event raised almost $9,000 to help fund scholarships for first-generation Partners for Youth Opportunity women going to college.
1 Front row: Mark Mishalanie, Meghan Ann Mishalanie as “Pain Fonda” and Will Krolowitz. Back Row: Ellen Byars and Jonny Fairplay. 2 Josh Harding, Holly Henry, Julie Gillette as “Ruth Bader Gunsberg,” Joe Gillette and Kate Thompson.
3 Shannon Byrne (front middle) as “Tinkerhell” and her entourage (left to right): Tanya Arbogast, Kelly Westbrook, Chanel Copeland, Betsy Martin, Ann Creech and Katie Starr. 4 Tonya Van Deinse and Ashley Trama, organizers of the event. 5 Pamela Zabala Ortiz.