Seven Questions with Sara Without an H

sara-purpleOn Wednesday, December 7, 2016, the Spruce Foundation will be hosting “Candy Cane Cabaret,” a fundraiser to support our annual $5,000 grant to a local charity doing great work for LGBTQ kids in Philadelphia. We’re so honored to have Sarah Without an H performing at this this event.

To learn more about the event (and to buy tickets) check out the EventBrite page. To learn about Sara, the causes closest to her heart, and why she wanted to help Spruce raise money to support LGBTQ youth, read on.

1) Tell us a little bit about your performance personality. What should we know?
I am a little bit cheesecake with a dollop of rock and roll. I love traditional burlesque with gloves and stocking peels, but I also love to rock out on the pole!

(2) What about Spruce inspired you to perform at our fundraiser?
I’m inspired by Honeytree! She is a force of brains, beauty, and power. If she is supporting a cause, there is good reason to follow.

(3) What is your favorite thing/part about Philadelphia?
My favorite part of Philly is the variety of entertainment – we have a plethora of restaurants, dance clubs and entertainment choices.

(4) What cause or causes are you passionate about? How are you involved? How did you get involved?
I am passionate about dog rescue – Adopt don’t shop! There are far too many great dogs in shelters – and 2.5 million are euthanized every year. Both my pit mixes are rescues and despite hard beginnings, both are incredibly loving. One is a certified therapy dog! We plan to foster dogs in the future and my dream to have a rescue of my own.

(5) This performance supports The Spruce Foundation’s LGBTQ grant, which supports charities doing amazing work for LGBTQ youth in Philadelphia. Do you have any thoughts on why supporting LGBTQ youth is important?

Supporting youth is important because it is much harder to go your own way at that age. Every detail feels tremendous and little differences are isolating. On top of that, social media broadcasts everything adding more pressure. LGBTQ youth need to know they are not alone, and that it will get better!

6) What other upcoming events or performances do you have going on? Where can people follow you or what you’re up to?

You can see me at Full Front Street on Dec 19th! Or take a class with me at Awakenings Pole Fitness. Of course you can hire me as a performer or model as well!

(7) What else would you like to share that you feel is important for our audience to know?

I always get asked if you have to be strong to start pole – the answer is no! You will build strength as you learn. Yes, it does take time but the feeling of flying make it all worth it. If you can walk, I can teach you to pole – come try it!

Elizabeth Starrantino is a Spruce Foundation board member and chair of the organization’s communications committee. She spent five years in non-profit marketing and fundraising, and knows from first-hand experience the difference dedicated, enthusiastic, hard-working volunteers make to move organizations forward. She got involved with the Spruce Foundation because she knows her peers have the skills and drive to be those volunteers and make that difference, and she wants to help connect them to the causes that need them so they can start making Philadelphia even more awesome than it already is.

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