2017-05-24 / What's Happening

Shimmy Mob raises over $4,000 for Stepping Stones to a Brighter Future


Rose Jackson, left, of Stepping Stones to a Brighter Future and Angela Petry, right, Shimmy Mob Team Leader. Members of the Shimmy Mob Team with Tri-State Ukeclectic Orchestra in the background. Rose Jackson, left, of Stepping Stones to a Brighter Future and Angela Petry, right, Shimmy Mob Team Leader. Members of the Shimmy Mob Team with Tri-State Ukeclectic Orchestra in the background. A group of 12 local women belly danced their way around Berkeley Springs on Saturday, May 13 and raised more than $4,000 for Stepping Stones to a Brighter Future, a non-profit organization that provides assistance to survivors of domestic violence in Morgan County.

The dancers were part of a world wide charity dance event known as Shimmy Mob.

Organized by Angela Petry, founder and instructor of Bellysima Bellydance.

Last year, the group raised a little over $2,700 for Stepping Stones.

The dancers performed at the Morgan County Master Gardener’s Plant Fair in Berkeley Springs State Park, the Morgan County Courthouse, Give Purrs a Chance and between BlackCat Music Shop and Mi Ranchito. This year the group was accompanied by the Tri-State Ukeclectic Orchestra, led by Mike Kligerman.

Local businesses and individuals sponsored the dancers and cash donations were collected after each performance.

"We were overwhelmed with the community and individual support for our efforts this year," said Petry. "The donations just kept coming in. This was our fifth year participating in Shimmy Mob, and our most successful to date."

Rehearsal space was donated by MAC Ice House, In Motion Dance Studio and Tejase Yoga and Massage. Technical and sound support was donated by Audio Hill Recording.

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