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Zumbathon planned to raise awareness for victims of domestic violence

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Did you know 122 people died in domestic violence related homicides in 2012, including 8 people in Mecklenburg county?

That was the second highest number in the state. That's why we're partying for a cause and we need YOUR HELP to help us inform, inspire and empower women in the Charlotte community. We'll give you the short version. When Sandra Guynes divorced her ex-husband, she was dealing with the emotional scars of being abused.

"Most of my relationship with him felt like a wrestling match," said Sandra. "I slept with a knife under my mattress, he was emotionally and sometimes physically abusive."

Sandra wanted to use her experience to help other domestic violence survivors. Last year, she started the nonprofit Pearls for Creative Healing.

"I felt like there was no place for me to go. I had a career and I had money. The shelter wasn't what I needed. I needed an outlet, I needed a way to express myself, so I chose art," she said.  "I started Pearls because I wanted to offer women an outlet to share their stories in a welcoming environment."

On Saturday, May 18, Sandra and her awesome team of volunteers will hold a Zumbathon FUNdraiser from 9am-11am. Her goal is to have 1,000 people attend and raise $25,000 for art workshops and programs for domestic violence survivors. We're partying for a cause!

DETAILS ON ZUMBATHON:

WHEN: Saturday, May 18

TIME: 9am- 11am

WHERE: Carole Hoefner Center
                 610 E. 7th Street
             Charlotte, NC

COST: $10 minimum donation

Tickets available online at www.pearlscharlotte.org or at the door.

EMCEE: Brigida Mack, WBTV Anchor/Reporter

Contact Sandra Guynes at Sandra@pearlscharlotte.org or at 704-817-8793 for details or sponsorship information.

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