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'Turkey Day 5K' to benefit witness program

Staff • Nov 21, 2018 at 5:30 PM

NORTON — The fourth annual Dairy Queen Turkey Day 5K run begins at 9 a.m. Thursday in downtown Norton.

All proceeds will benefit the Wise County Victim Witness Assistance Program and services provided to crime victims. The registration fee is $25.

The county’s Victim Witness Assistance Program provides direct services to victims and witnesses of crime to address emotional and physical needs of crime victims, assist victims to stabilize their lives, help them understand and participate in the criminal justice system and provide them with information and referrals for services.

The program provides direct assistance to victims such as help in writing victim impact statements, updates in case status, monitoring restitution payments and guidance for court witnesses.

Wise County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp said providing support and services to crime victims “is a top priority for us all. Our victim witness program provides an open door to helping those who have been victimized, and an additional voice in court. We are so thankful for the generosity of great community partners like the Lonesome Pine Dairy Queen restaurants that have dedicated the proceeds for this event to our efforts to serve victims.”

Wise County Victim Witness Coordinator Joni Perry Coleman said besides raising funds to assist crime victims, organizers “are confident this event will bring needed attention to the services that are available for victims and the rights that are enjoyed by victims of crime throughout the criminal justice system.”

Norton Dairy Queen operator Adam Smith said his restaurant is “proud to be a part of the effort and have dedicated the event proceeds” to support the program.

“We are looking forward to a great event and can’t wait to see the dedicated runners who plan to come out on Thanksgiving Day to be a part of something special,” he said. “Working together, we all — runners, businesses, citizens and public officials — are making a difference for victims of crime and for our entire community.”

This year’s event theme is “Run Like a Beast Before You Feast!”

To register or for more information, visit facebook.com/dqtrkeyday5k or contact Sarah Smith Carlson at scs60@uvawise.edu. Same day registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Norton Dairy Queen.

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