My name is Gabriel Urbay. I was born and raised in Miami, Florida, but now reside in Jensen Beach, FL with my wife and three year old daughter. Currently, I work as a Sheriff’s Deputy for St. Lucie County and have a unique perspective that allows me to see both the best and the worst in people on a daily basis. I love the opportunity to help my community and my work as a deputy has opened my eyes to the severe issues of domestic violence that cause many in our communities and our nation to suffer. My wife, a teacher, reminds me to have faith and hope for the future. My daughter inspires me to be my best and to do my best not only for our family, but for others.
I was first introduced to Safespace when my wife and I met over 10 years ago and not too long after, the CEO, Jill Borowicz, became my mother in law when my wife and I married. After hearing her passion for assisting victims of domestic violence and their families and getting to see firsthand people struggling through this issue in our community through my work as a deputy, I knew I needed to “step up.” I have participated in the “Walk a Mile” events over the past years with my wife and in the most recent ones, have been lucky enough to walk with my daughter. Last year, I even enlisted the help of the Jensen Beach High School Drumline to bring some fun music to the walks, merging my passion for music and percussion instruction with a cause that I support. This year, as I once again very proudly wear these shoes, I ask for YOUR support through a donation to Safespace. Anything that you are able to give will help them provide meaningful, life-saving services that will give hope and help to victims of Domestic Violence.
SafeSpace Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Sexy Legs Challenge
SafeSpace, the only certified domestic violence center serving the Treasure Coast, will present the 9th Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® awareness and fundraising events in February 2019. Brave men and other enthusiastic SafeSpace supporters step up against domestic violence by participating and walking in women’s red stilettos. During these events, men are challenged to “walk a mile in her shoes” in a symbolic representation of the difficult experiences faced by domestic violence victims every day. These serious but fun events are a light-hearted way to get the community talking about a subject that's otherwise difficult to discuss: domestic violence. What started with a handful of brave men has grown to hundreds of community leaders, first responders, businessmen, youth groups, fathers and sons, women and children.
Walks will take place in:
Martin County, Saturday, February 2nd
Indian River County, Saturday, February 9th
St. Lucie County, Saturday, February 23rd
As part of the events this year, SafeSpace is conducting a Sexy Legs challenge among 20 men in each county. Sexy Legs participants pledge to set a goal of $1,000 to be met by giving and/or raising funds to help support the vital programs and services SafeSpace offers to save and change lives.
Sexy Legs participants will receive a Crowd Rise page created by SafeSpace with their picture and a description of themselves. They can direct donors to their specific page where donations can be processed. Flyers will be created for Sexy Leg participants to hand out with their page information. Participants will also receive seven (7) guests to participate in the walk, red stilettos and T-shirts for self and guests, listed as a partner on the website, and recognition on social media and at the events.