Couples Luau - Fort Rucker Paradise Fun Night provides Family fun, awareness
Couples head toward the finish line during a sack race at the fifth annual Couples Aloha Paradise Fun Night at Lake Tholocco Oct. 16. The event was part of Domestic Abuse Prevention Month and featured activities like a scavenger hunt, hula hoop competition and a Hawaiian-themed buffet.

FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Married couples, both Soldier and civilian, got a taste of Hawaii Oct. 16 during the fifth annual Couples Aloha Paradise Fun Night at Lake Tholocco.

The event was part of Domestic Abuse Prevention Month and gave couples a chance to get away from home and have fun in a relaxing environment, said Tina O'Ree, Army Community Service victim advocate.

"We really want to promote healthy communities and strong Families," she said. "The number of couples we have increases each year, so we hope to continue doing this."

Staff Sgt. Shelton Gore, 6th Military Police Detachment, and his wife of 19 years, Willette, said they enjoyed the festivities and think couples looking for a group activity should consider signing up for next year's event.

"We were stationed in Hawaii before coming here, so it's nice to have a taste of that again," Willette said. "It was also nice to be able to get away from the (children) for a night."

The couples took part in a variety of activities such as a scavenger hunt, hula hoop contest, limbo bar and a sack race.

Lisa Patrick, Picerne Military Housing Family Services Program manager, said the event was a great way for ACS and Picerne to support military Families and promote awareness of an important issue.

"We want to make people aware of what's going on around them," she said. "We at Picerne will continue to support this event as long as it's going on here. This is a great way to bring attention to issues like domestic abuse and try to do something about it."

One couple celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary by attending the luau-themed event and said it was a "perfect way to spend an evening together."

Michael Greenwood, Directorate of Training and Doctrine training development capability administrator, and his wife, Robin, signed up for the event after renting a cabin at Lake Tholocco for the weekend.

"This is great for couples and the community," Michael said. "When we saw the ads for (the event) we thought it might be too late to sign up, but we managed to get in and it turned out to be a lot of fun."

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