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Luminaria Run at Sandestin to Benefit Shelter House December 8

October 6, 2012 by Teresa Lischka

Shelter House Domestic Violence Center and Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort are teaming up for the 2nd Annual Luminaria Run at 5 pm on Saturday, December 8. The course will be lined with more than 2,000 luminarias, lighting the path for the walkers/runners and representing how Shelter House and its community partners light the way to a safer place for victims of domestic violence in Okaloosa and Walton counties.     
The race includes 5k and 9k courses winding throughout Sandestin. The 9k distance serves as a reminder that a woman is assaulted or beaten every nine seconds in the U.S.      

The public is encouraged to purchase a luminaria bag to be placed along the course in honor or in memory of a loved one. Bags are available through a $10 donation to Shelter House and can be picked up and dropped off at the Shelter House Administration Office located at 102 Buck Drive in Fort Walton Beach.

This is a twilight race beginning and ending at Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina. Registration for the 5k is $25 for adults in advance or $35 on site and $10 for children in advance or $15 on site. The 9k race costs $40 in advance or $50 on race day for adults and $15 in advance and $20 on race day for children. 

There will be race day packet pick up and registration from 1-4pm at Baytowne Marina.

For more information on sponsorships or luminaria bags, please visit www.shelterhousenwfl.org or call Shelter House at 850.243.1201.

Special room rates are available at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Use promo code HOUSE2 to book online or call 800-622-1038.


Domestic violence can take many forms. It may involve physical aggression, verbal abuse, emotional manipulation, forced sexual activity or financial control. Domestic violence crosses all age, racial, ethnic, nation-orientation, sexual, gender preference, spiritual and socioeconomic boundaries.

Shelter House is a non-profit, state-certified domestic violence center serving victims of domestic violence in Okaloosa and Walton counties. Services provided include a 24-hour hotline, crisis counseling, advocacy, outreach, primary prevention, transitional housing and confidential shelter.
Mission Statement: Supporting victims of domestic violence by providing shelter, intervention and primary prevention programs to the community through education, awareness and advocacy. 

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Teresa Lischka

A Birmingham native, Teresa could never get enough of the beach so she moved to SoWal as soon as she could. She loves sharing all things SoWal with the world.

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