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St. Paul, MN - Today Wonderwall is officially announcing its newest affiliated Supporters Group. The Wonderwall Board of Directors is pleased to announce the addition of Dark Glitterati, a group of passionate MNUFC supporters whose goal is to create a group run differently from the established norm. They believe in the leadership of the women and LGBT members of our community. And sparkles – LOTS of sparkles*.

Dark Glitterati began supporting MNUFC at the Nessie (NSC). They are passionate in their support, focusing on creating a space for people to be who they are and to bring their own version of support into the stands. "It's important to maintain something we feel is authentic, not necessarily following the script of what being a soccer fan is," said Doreen Hartzell. "Admittedly, it's chaotic and not always synchronized – and that's just the way we like it."

"We are excited to welcome Dark Glitterati to the Wonderwall group of supporters. Many of their members have been a part of the Minnesota soccer supporter community for a long time, and we are excited to see their continued presence in the supporters section," said Abraham Opoti, President of Wonderwall. "They seriously love glitter, follow the sparkle trail and you'll be good."

Dark Glitterati is working to ensure there is a matchday space for supporters where:

To learn more about Dark Glitterati,  you can email them, find them on Twitter or Facebook. If you're interested in joining and don't have seats in the Supporters Section - you can purchase an individual membership.

 

*Optional, but welcome.

 

Corny, sure, but honestly, it’s still appropriate as this is the beginning of something new.

The Wonderwall is where we gather to support the Loons, and Wonderwall is the new name of the umbrella corporation covering Dark Clouds, Red Loons, and True North Elite.

To clarify a bit, for some time the corporation that files the taxes, pays the bills, and collects/distributes the funds that the Supporters Groups (SGs) use has been known by several names. The latest of which was Dark Clouds GBC. General Benefit Corporations (GBC) are for-profit entities that also have a mission to which they must adhere in order to retain their GBC status. As one can imagine, naming both a corporation and a supporters group nearly the same thing can lead to some confusion, so the board decided that a re-brand should occur in order to help make that distinction more clear.

The Dark Clouds supporters group are in the process of forming a new leadership structure for themselves. Once this structure is in place I, Abraham Opoti, will cease to be the President of both the GBC and the SG, and focus my efforts full time on running Wonderwall. This separation is an administrative choice to ensure the leadership of the Dark Clouds supporters group can remain autonomous and focused on their needs. Things largely won't change since the committee leads are the ones who make most of the day-to-day decisions.

What will change, though, is this website. We will gather content from each supporters groups, publish information from the Board of Directors and the President, house our annual reports, and serve as a clearinghouse of sorts for information relating to MNUFC supporters groups. We'll also be moving the merch store, so keep an eye on it as it will continue to be the place to find the coolest forms of supporter-made goods. Poke around and familiarize yourself with the new digs. Hopefully you'll love it as much as we loved putting it together. Also be sure to follow us on facebook, twitter and instagram.

COME ON YOU LOONS!!

-Abe

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