Co-ed softball tournament against domestic violence at Pal’s Park

Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 11:27 AM.

CHIPLEY — The Washington-Holmes Domestic Violence Task Force will be holding a co-ed softball tournament at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 15 to raise money to build a shelter for battered women and their children.

“We’re raising money because there isn’t a shelter within a hundred miles for a woman and her children to escape an abusive relationship,” said Missy Sword Lee, Family Intervention Program Supervisor with Habilitative Services of Northwest Florida. “It’s bad enough that they’ve found themselves in a harmful relationship, they don’t need to pack up their things, quit their jobs, pull their kids out of school and have to move all the way to Panama City to find assistance.”

At the softball tournament there will be a concession stand hamburgers and hotdogs, which will be cooked by Community South Credit Union, and t-shirts for sell for $15.

“It’s amazing the support that has been given by the community,” said Lee. “We’ve already sold quite a few t-shirts.”

She said they were also looking for volunteer scorekeepers and umpires.

“All our volunteers will get a free lunch,” said Lee.

The Washington-Holmes Domestic Violence Task Force holds a regular meeting the second Thursday of every month, alternating between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Washington-Holmes Technical Center.

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