“I've seen firsthand the effects within our own community of sexual assault and how it affects our patients, and how it takes a community to pull together to help end that violence,” Jones said.
Sharing her sentiments, Anderson County Criminal District Attorney Doug Lowe and Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor turned out for Saturday's event — both having seen the effects that Jones spoke of, and both fourth-year veterans of the walk.
Lowe called the event “a lot of fun,” sporting a flashy albeit beat-up pair of hot pink high heels. Taylor had on a slightly more conservative pair of ladies' black pumps.
First timer Brett Weisenburn, a local State Farm Insurance Agent, said that even though the walk was, well, uncomfortable, he would definitely do it again.
“It was really painful, yet fun at the same time,” Weisenburn said.
Spicing things up, trophies were awarded for the best-blinged shoe, best overall outfit and most painful walk. Awards were also presented for the most money raised by a group and an individual, respectively.
John Murray raised the most for an individual with $1,020, and Anderson County Trio took the trophy for most money raised by a group, with $2,595.
Scott Dishman won the award for best-blinged shoe, Randy Dempsey for best overall outfit and Arthur Hill for most painful walk.
“I never won a trophy before,” Dempsey said with a laugh, “and I've got to dress like a woman to win a trophy.”
Following the walk, a 100-yard dash in the heels was held in the Palestine Mall parking lot, for which Dustin Marcum pocketed a $100 cash prize.
Walk A Mile in Her Shoes was sponsored in part by ChickTime of Palestine, PRMC, Trimble & Company, Verizon, Heart to Heart Hospice and Ben E. Keith Distribution. The Crisis Center of Anderson & Cherokee Counties is a 501c3 organization assisting victims of family violence, sexual assault and child abuse. For more information, call 905-723-5858.