My name is Ray Desmangles. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and have lived in St. Lucie County for a little over 15 years.Growing up I loved basketball and was constantly surrounded by positive people who taught me the importance of sacrifice and the basic Fundamentals of Life.My amazing wife, Natalie and I have been married for 10 years and are blessed with 3 beautiful children. Natalie and I share a common passion for not just helping those in need, but for providing others with a sense of Hope and Purpose. We have a very similar upbringing and are committed to passing our experiences and life lessons onto our children and others.Over the years, because of our FAITH, we’ve had many opportunities to give back, do more, and help others in need and it has been a true Blessing. I was introduced to SAFESPACE just over 7 years ago and have been amazed by the impact that this organization has had for so many people right here on the Treasure Coast. They are not only Changing Lives but they are literally SAVING LIVES!!!!I’ve taken my wife, daughter, and even my mom to almost every one of SafeSpace’s Annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes events since finding out about this organization. I think it’s important for them to know that I’m not afraid to STEP UP for women and children. I’m not ashamed to tell my community that there’s HOPE for VICTIMS looking for a way out. And I’m definitely not ashamed to WALK A MILE in WOMEN’S SHOES to declare my stance against DOMESTIC VIOLENCE!!!Help us to provide LOVE and HOPE to the victims who benefit from SAFESPACE and join our efforts!!!!
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.