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Doll’s House to host 5K for women

The Darlene “Doll” Slater Rehabilitation Center for Women, better known as the Doll’s House, will be hosting its seventh annual 5K and kid’s fun run Saturday. The event will begin at 7:45 a.m. in front of the Brookhaven-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce.

The cost of the race is $25, and the kid’s fun run is $15. Georgia Blue will provide refreshments for participants.

Special guest is Ward 6 Alderwoman Shelley Harrigill, who will be speaking before the race.

The purpose of the race is to bring attention to the lives of women, mainly women in transition. Doll’s House co-executive director Stephanie Turner hopes people will run for the women in their lives.

In addition to the 5K, the ministry hosts an annual benefit dinner in October.

“We are so excited to bring forth awareness to the help that women have gotten, are getting and will get,” Turner said.

Harrigill had been previously involved in the 5K, and sponsored the event last year.

“I admire the women that come through the program. They’re amazing.” Harrigill said.

She became involved with the Doll’s House two years ago when she was president of the Servitium Club, which had a table set up at the ministry’s annual banquet.

“I just wanted to do a little bit more,” Harrigill said. “I’m really inspired by the ministry and I love what they’re doing.”

Inflatables are being donated for the event by Jeff Freeman. All money raised at the event will go toward funding the Doll’s House.

The Doll’s House will be celebrating two of their clients at the event — a student enrolled at Mississippi College and a Ukrainian orphan graduating from Co-Lin this month.

The ministry is a non-profit rehabilitation center for women founded by Johnnie and Stephanie Turner in 2010, with a mission to disciple women while providing a transitional housing alternative. Various skills are taught to empower women and lead them into independence.

For more information, call 601-291-8757 or 601-519-3546.

Story by Gracie Byrne