‘Dangerous’ women skydive for a cause

By: Aaron Dimick Email
By: Aaron Dimick Email

BALDWIN, Wis. (WEAU) -- More than sixty local women jumped out of airplanes Saturday afternoon to celebrate their age and raise money for women who are victims of abuse.

It was for the second annual “Martini Jump Skydive” organized by the group Aging But Dangerous.

Susan Bates, the co-founder of Aging But Dangerous said the group’s mission is to get women outside their comfort zones.

“There are so many women in their 50s who are looking for that next thing to do and they are capable of doing amazingly great things,” Bates said.

Dozens of women took off from Skydive Twin Cities in Baldwin, Wis. and parachuted back to the same location for the event.

Many women said they took the jump to help overcome personal fears.

“To inspire women, to really take a leap of faith and jump past their fears and limitations,” said Aging But Dangerous skydiver Robin Mooney.

Bates said proceeds from the event will go to Cornerstone, an organization that helps abused women.

“Our segment of the population, 50 and over is the fastest growing segment of the population which is dealing with abuse,” Bates said.

Many of the women skydiving said they want to redefine the view of aging women as active and vibrant.

“People are living longer now and so they have a little more life in them,” said Aging But Dangerous skydiver Betty Ring.

Ann Bancroft, a world renowned polar explorer, took her first-ever skydiving jump at the event.

Bancroft claims to be the first known woman in history to trek to both the North and South Poles.

“I don't think our society is very gentle on the aging process, for men or women. So it’s an opportunity to step out of our comfort zones and let loose a little. It’s contagious, so even the spectators get caught up in that spirit that is so strong if we allow it to blossom and open it up,” Bancroft said.

Organizers said their goal is to raise more than $1,000 for abused women.


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  • by jim on Aug 21, 2011 at 06:59 PM
    Its already been said, BUT...."YOU PEOPLE" who have turned this into a "drunk fest" really must have boring lives void of anything IMPORTANT to worry about. I wish my life was so uneventful and complete that ALL I was concerned about was sombody having O N E harmless drink to celebrate a once in lifetime event. You people are pathetic !!
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      by bob on Aug 22, 2011 at 09:58 AM in reply to jim
      jim, you seem to be bored enough to blow others' comments out of proportion. Where did anyone other than you state, "YOU PEOPLE"? And where did anyone refer to it as a "drunk fest"? That's right. No where. You are pathetic.
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      by Anon on Aug 22, 2011 at 02:51 PM in reply to jim
      Wow, Jim. Given the tone of your comments, you obviously know a lot about violence. You definitely are a big part of the problem.
  • by Anonymous Location: Baldwin on Aug 21, 2011 at 06:18 PM
    I wonder why the reporter failed to mention the jumper that went by ambulance to Regions Hospital.
  • by Anon on Aug 21, 2011 at 06:09 PM
    "Grow Up" and "Anonymous" - Wow. Nice job posting under two screen names. Way to blow your credibility.
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      by anonymous and grow up on Aug 21, 2011 at 08:28 PM in reply to Anon
      sorry this came up twice. I originally typed it as a reply, then when I didn't see it show up, I thought I'd made an error, so retyped it. I'm not trying to spam the page, it was an honest mistake and I couldn't take it down after it had been posted. Not quite sure what you mean about blowing my credibility, seeing as I was there. I'm just sharing my opinion, just as you have done.
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        by Anon on Aug 27, 2011 at 06:31 PM in reply to anonymous and grow up
        The problem is that you are sharing your opinion with multiple personalities. You've admitted that you've posted under two different screen names. THAT is not an honest mistake. THAT is what we call "lack of credibility".
  • by Anonymous on Aug 21, 2011 at 12:05 PM
    This was incredibly inspiring to be a spectator of. And, although I somewhat understand your point of serving alcohol, it wasn't like people were standing around getting drunk all day. The jumpers only had one, if they wanted, after they had landed from their jump. Sure, maybe they could've named it something differently, but I'm guessing they chose Martini because it was for women. After all, how many men do you know who drink martinis? In my opinion, there are always going to be people who pick out the tiniest little detail, that doesn't really matter (in this case, the name and the fact that they could have a single martini to celebrate their accomplishment) and let that overshadow the fact that these women are doing something amazing, like overcoming fears and raising money to help victims of abuse like yourself. Maybe next time you should focus on what the story is about, not be so quick to pick out the tiniest detail you don't agree with.
  • by Been There on Aug 21, 2011 at 10:08 AM
    I agree with anonymous. Why the alcohol when the cause is domestic violence? This is a slap in the face to those of us that have been there and been abused at the hands of a drunk.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 20, 2011 at 09:12 PM
    You GO girls! I LOVE it!
  • by anonymous on Aug 20, 2011 at 08:10 PM
    I'm curious as to why the organizaers of this event would blatantly choose to incorporate alcohol into this event. Why on earth would you throw alcohol around at an event to combat domestic abuse when alcohol has an incredibly strong correlation to domestic abuse???
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      by Grow Up on Aug 21, 2011 at 11:57 AM in reply to anonymous
      You are not focusing on the point of what the skydive was about. Sure, it was called the Martini Jump, but that doesn't mean that everyone was getting wasted all day. The jumpers only had one, if they wanted, after they were back on the ground. I believe the reason they named it Martini was because it was for women (how many men do you know who drink a martini?). There are always going to be people who will pick out this slightest thing that they don't agree with and dislike something for that tiny reason. Sure, they could've named it something else, but it was an inspiring thing to do and everyone who went through with the jump had a great time and took something away from the experience, so maybe you people need to go skydiving (and have a drink too, perhaps?)
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      by Bob on Aug 22, 2011 at 09:59 AM in reply to anonymous
      anonymous, WELL SAID. Alcohol plays a nasty role in the prevalance of domestic violence. It's a shame this event made a mockery of that.
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