A group of 18 local women belly danced their way around Berkeley Springs on Saturday May 9 to raise money 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.
The dancers performed at the Morgan County Master Gardener’s Plant Fair in Berkeley Springs State Park, the Morgan County Courthouse and in front of Ambrae House.
Organized by Angela Petry, founder and instructor of Bellysima Bellydance, the Berkeley Springs Shimmy Mob Team raised more than $3,100 for Stepping Stones to a Brighter Future.
Local businesses and individuals sponsored the dancers and cash donations were collected after each performance.
Over the last three years, the belly dancers have raised more than $8,300 for the charity.
“Shimmy Mob continues to grow in popularity,” Petry said. “We want to send out a big thanks to all of our sponsors, donors and to the community for their enthusiastic support of this annual event.”
The business sponsors this year were: Ambrae House, Bridge Club of Berkeley Springs, Buddy Lou’s Restaurant, Community Garden Market, Dobyns and Martin Grocers, Georgie’s/Mountainside Restaurant, The Gypsy’s Shop, Lone Wolf Tobacco Shop, Mountain Laurel, Rita Renee’s Spa, River Bend Family Medicine, River Run Studio, State Farm/Luke Christie, Tari’s Restaurant, and Eugene Weaver’s Painting and Staining.
Rehearsal space was donated by the MAC Ice House, Rankin Fitness Center and InMotion Dance Studio. Free promotional spots were run on radio station WDHC 92.9 FM in Berkeley Springs.