The Dazzling Diva’s Boutique at 1601 Coggin Avenue in Brownwood will sponsor the 2018 TuTu 5K Color Run April 14 benefitting The ARK Domestic Violence Shelter.
As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, and in conjunction with the #MeToo movement, Dazzling Diva’s ask everyone to come out and run in support of The ARK, which serves domestic violence victims in Brown, Coleman and Comanche counties.
“It’s to get the community to stand in solidarity and compassion for victims of sexual violence,” Ark Community Educator Lisa Caldwell said. “We threw in the tutus just to be fun, to be able to have a good time. We thought we would get some of the men in the community to possible wear tutus (while participating) to be entertaining and have males in the community say ‘I understand the impact of sexual violence and recognize it happens in my community and I won’t stand for it.’”
Those looking to sign up in advance can go to runsignup.com. Registration for participants 18 and older is $25 and $15 for participants 17 and younger. Those looking to register the day of the run will pay an additional $5. Check-in is set for 7 to 7:45 p.m. and the race begins at 8 p.m. The proceeds raised from the run will go entirely to The ARK, which provides housing, food and various other services to individuals and families beginning the healing process after an instance of domestic violence.
“All of our services are free of charge and available to any victim of domestic violence or sexual abuse,” Caldwell said. “We serve men, women and children and house pets as well … We can do unaccompanied minors age 15 and up, as long as they can take care of themselves.”
The ARK receives quarterly donations from county and municipal governing bodies, area churches and grants, but Caldwell said many grants come with strings attached, often requiring The ARK to match the grants with individual donations. The ARK will have a garage sale March 24 at its administration office at 100 Texas Street at the old KOXE radio station in Brownwood.
Caldwell said she is available to make speaking appearances at any school, civic group, Sunday school class or any other civic organization. Those interested in having Caldwell visit with them about domestic violence, sexual abuse or how to donate to The ARK can contact her at lisa.caldwell@ARKshelter.org or contact The ARK at (325) 643-2699, which also serves as the crisis and administration line.