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July 26, 2005 > Rev'ing it up for DeafHope

Rev'ing it up for DeafHope

by Tina Cuccia

Hop on. The She Devils MC USA are throwing a bash and you're invited. But it's not just any party; it's the She Devils' first "Hottest Ride in Town Bash." And everyone is welcome -- motorcycle (or leathers) not required.

Fremont's all-gal motorcycle club members will be parking their bikes and stepping into The Florence Bar and Grill in Niles on Saturday, July 30 at 7 p.m. to celebrate their one-year anniversary with a dinner by Chef Jumoke "Jo" Jones from A Love Affair Catering Service, a raffle, live music, dancing and fundraising to support DeafHope. The public is invited though you must be 21 to attend. Donate $13 and you can enjoy dinner.

DeafHope is a non-profit organization that hopes to end domestic violence and sexual assault against deaf women and children. She Devils secretary Karen Lupo, who owns a Harley Davidson, says the club adopted DeafHope as a charity they could rally around and support.

She says the She Devils are proud to connect people with DeafHope, an organization that helps deaf women who have been abused and are survivors of domestic violence. DeafHope offers counseling, temporary housing, advocacy and many other services to victims. Their services are confidential and free.

"If they [deaf victims of domestic violence] go to other agencies, there may not be a sign language interpreter available," Lupo says, adding, "But when they go to DeafHope, their needs are met."

Lupo is a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults). Both of her parents are deaf, though Lupo is not. She says the deaf community prefers to be referred to as "deaf" rather than "hearing impaired," which sounds negative. "Deaf people view themselves as a culture that happens to use a different language to communicate," she says.

Lupo signs and works as a teacher for the California School for the Deaf in Fremont. She also does medical interpretation for deaf patients at Kaiser Permanente. She'll sit in on medical appointments between doctor and patient and sign (or voice) so the two can communicate.

So who are these She Devils? They are a five-member riding club with members from Fremont, Hayward and Newark. Their club colors are purple and gold. Lupo and She Devils founder Maria Jenkins met when the two discovered they owned the same kind and color of bike. Lupo soon joined the She Devils after she met the club's criteria: you must be a female, own a bike, have a motorcycle license and meet the gang -- and the gang and you must like each other. When all of that has been met, you're in. And, you don't have to have a Harley Davidson, "whatever you ride is fine," Lupo says.

The She Devils ride most weekends. The club meets Wednesday nights in Hayward.

If you would like more information on the She Devils, visit their web site at www. or email Lupo at

If you would like to make a donation to DeafHope, please visit their web site at

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