I have mentioned Speak to Me: A Pole Benefit for Autism in previous posts. It’s my baby.
This event was inspired by my biological Au-some children that provide motivation and inspiration every single day of my life. I have been a part of the pole community for over five years. I have both competed and performed and was the inaugural recipient of the NAPDCC Miss Congeniality in 2014. I work with parents, children, adults, caregivers, and all people effected by the realm of disabilities.
Speak to Me: A Pole Benefit for Autism (or lovingly referred to as S2M or STM for short) was first held in 2015. It serves as a way to educate and generate community. Throughout the evening, there are trivia questions, raffles, and amazing performances. The attendees selected the recipient of the funds for donation. In 2015, STM donated $3200 to the National Autism Association (NAA). In 2016, STM attendees again chose NAA as the recipient of the funds for donation and they received $2800. In total, STM has raised and donated $6000 to the NAA! Be sure to check for updates or follow the event shenanigans on the Facebook page!
This year is the last year STM will be held in the Chicagoland area. Next year, STM moves to Madison, Wisconsin with it’s new organizer. It will expand to include all types of aerial apparatus like lyra and silks. I’m super excited about the direction STM is headed in and look forward to seeing it continue to grow. If you’re in the Chicagoland area on or around April 29th 2017, please join us for a fun, fabulous, musical themed evening!