Sprockettes and others come together for Hollis Hawthorne benefit show

Hollis Hawthorne performing in
Southeast Portland last summer.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Portlanders continue to rally around the tragedy the tragic fate of bike dancer Hollis Hawthorne.

Hawthorne, a founding member of The Bay Area Derailleurs bike dance troupe, suffered a serious brain injury over a week ago while operating a motorcycle in India. Hawthorne started the Derailleuers with former Portlander and Sprockette Eliza Strack and they performed together in Portland last summer.

Thankfully, the latest update from India is that Hawthorne’s condition is improving. She is breathing on her own and doctors are showing signs of cautious optimism about her recovery.

Since the accident, Hawthorne’s friends and family have raised well over $40,000 in their effort to hire a med-evac airplane to fly her from India to doctors that are waiting to treat her at Stanford Medical Center (their goal is $200,000).

Hawthorne has many friends in the Portland area and they have been working full-time to help bring her home. A benefit show is planned for this Tuesday night (3/10) that will feature dancing by the Sprockettes, and performances by the Yard Dogs Road Show, Japanther, Riot Cop, and other bands as well as a silent auction, kissing booth, and “many other surprises.”

    For the Love of Hollis! – A benefit to bring Hollis home
    316 NW 4th Ave.
    Doors at 7pm, show starts promptly at 8pm.
    Wear gold! $5-150,000 at the door!!!
    More information here
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D Shrinivasa Rao
D Shrinivasa Rao
14 years ago


This is shrinivas rao from Chennai -India. I am really felt bad about the situation. our entire family including my 8 years daughter Ranjana and wife jagadeeshwari will pray for speedy recovery of Hollis.

Since i am in chennai I am ready for rendering any physical help if asked.

Any way my prayers will be there for her. I wish her back to normal life as though she just wakes up from sleep.

I pray shiridi baba, Ramana maharishi, seshadri swamigal-great saints of india for speedy and painless recovery to hollis.

D Shrinivasa rao
09282109431 (mobile phone number)

14 years ago

it is gonna be an amazing show. lots of creative people coming together from around the world pulling together to make it happen.

Bike Love International

14 years ago

Thank you so much for your blessings D Shrinivasa rao. I will contact you if there is some ground support that Hollis & Harrison can use. Truly kind of you to offer help from Chennai.

Thank you to everyone who came out, volunteered, performed, and/or kept Hollis in their prayers. We are still waiting on an official tally, but it’s looking like we made about 5,000 dollars towards the Get Hollis Home fund! Thank you so so so so much!