Local domestic task force readies for awareness events

Published: Monday, August 19, 2013 at 05:33 PM.

CHIPLEY — The Washington-Holmes Domestic Violence Task Force discussed upcoming awareness events during their meeting held on Aug. 8 at the Washington-Holmes Technical Center.

Missy Sword Lee, Family Intervention Program Supervisor for Habilitative Services of Northwest Florida, announced that Doctors Memorial Hospital had partnered with the task force to host an awareness walk from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Oct. 11 at the hospital in Bonifay.

“This will include a walk for anyone who can get pledges to raise money,” said Lee. “The walk will be around the hospital’s walking path. There will also be a ‘walk in her shoes’ event for men to participate by wearing high heels for pledge money.”

She said that at the end of night there would be a vigil where luminaries, which may be purchased in advance for $10, will be lighted during a special ceremony where victims and survivors are recognized while survivors are sharing their stories.

“We have sponsorship packages available for local businesses and individuals that have a nice incentive package to go with the level that they choose to give,” said Lee. “We will have free food, give-aways, fun for the kids, vendors and entertainment. That entertainment will consist of local talent but we will also have an award winning artist singing as well, which will be announced when I finalize it.”

She said they are in need of vendors to set up at the event.

“If the vendor is selling an item for profit then the vendor fee is $50,” said Lee. “If the vendor is setting up to give away items to event attendees, such as popcorn, water bottles, etc., then the vendor fee is waived. I will be speaking at the Chipley Kiwanis on Tuesday, Aug. 27. On Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 9 a.m., the Holmes County Board of County Commissioners will be hearing a proclamation read to make October Domestic Violence Awareness Month for Holmes County,” Lee said. “On Thursday, Oct. 26, at 9 a.m. we will be doing the same thing at the Washington County Board of County Commissioners meeting.”

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