Brandon, Florida -- Two years ago, pole fitness was just a hobby for Sarah Murray. She worked as an urban planner.
"I decided to leave my government life and take on pole instruction," she says.
Since opening Impulse Studios in St. Pete, and most recently in Brandon, she's seen pole dancing become less taboo, and more of a workout that inspires confidence.
"Everyone really opens up after they start taking classes, and really the physical/mental benefit, they change," Murray says. "And I love it."
That's why she's rallied performers from across the state for Pole for a Purpose. The showcase, on August 11 at The Ritz Ybor, will benefit The Spring, Hillsborough County's shelter for abuse survivors.
"We are women supporting women, and The Spring supports women who have issues with domestic violence," says Murray.
The studios coming together for Pole for a Purpose will also be holding a donation drive, seeking items from clothing to diapers.
"With the funds raised from events like Pole for a Purpose, we're able to pay the electric bill, provide for families, for food for shelter," says Brenda Rouse, Director of Communications at The Spring.
These fundraisers also allow The Spring to provide empowerment, just like Pole for a Purpose hopes to do through performing and making a difference.
"When women leave the classes, they'll tell you that the successes they have in the classroom translates to the successes they have in life," says Kelly Gilbert of Kelica Events, which is helping to organize Pole for a Purpose. "We love that The Spring does the same kinds of things for women in our community."
Remember, if you or anyone you know needs help with domestic violence, call The Spring's 24-hour hotline at 813-247-SAFE (7233).
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