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Child Advocacy Center is Going Blue!

Written By: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
Fulton, NY – While most people know the causes yellow ribbons and pink ribbons represent, Karrie Damm, executive director of the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County, wants the community to be just as familiar with the blue ribbon and what it symbolizes.

“The blue ribbon represents the prevention of child abuse.  I encourage our community members to help us get that message across by showing their support for our efforts during our 9th Annual Blue Ribbon Ride Against Child Abuse,” explained Damm.

Gail Holmes, owner of Devine Designs by Gail in Fulton (left); Jenny Donohue (center) of DSS, and Sara Buske of DSS prepare blue ribbons to be displayed during the Child Advocacy Center’s 9th Annual Blue Ribbon Ride Against Child Abuse. The CAC is asking community members to display blue ribbons on their house or mailbox and in their businesses on September 8.
Gail Holmes, owner of Devine Designs by Gail in Fulton (left); Jenny Donohue (center) of DSS, and Sara Buske of DSS prepare blue ribbons to be displayed during the Child Advocacy Center’s 9th Annual Blue Ribbon Ride Against Child Abuse. The CAC is asking community members to display blue ribbons on their house or mailbox and in their businesses on September 8.

As part of the event Damm said that she would like to see community members and businesses displaying blue ribbons outside their home or business.

“I would love to see the community be a part of our ride by displaying blue ribbons in windows, on doors, tied around trees, anywhere they can be displayed. We are looking to raise awareness of child abuse in Oswego County and educate people on the significance of the blue ribbon.  I invite everyone to join us in our efforts in Going Blue!” she said.

Scheduled for September 8, the CAC’s Blue Ribbon Ride, a 70-mile ride through Oswego County, will begin at 10 a.m. at Wheel-A-Way Motorsports on Route 57 in Fulton.

Damm added that following the Blue Ribbon Ride community members are welcome to attend a family friendly picnic hosted by Wheel-A-Way Motorsports. Beginning at approximately noon the picnic will feature live music performed by Tiger and a Bar-B-Q lunch from The Limp Lizard Restaurant.

Riders and passengers interested in participating in the ride may register online (www.oswegocac.org) or the day of the event.  T-shirts are guaranteed only for preregistered riders.  A $30 donation per driver and a $20 donation per passenger are requested.

Riders who obtain $150 or more in donations will ride and dine for free.

Day of registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the ride beginning at 10 a.m. For those not participating in the ride, the picnic is $10 for adults, $7 for children and includes lunch and entertainment.  All proceeds from the event will benefit the Child Advocacy Center child abuse awareness and prevention efforts.

The CAC is a non-profit organization that works hand-in-hand with local law enforcement, prosecution, child protective services, medical providers, mental health providers, and victim advocacy professionals in Oswego County to protect and serve child victims of sexual and physical abuse.  In 2011 the CAC served more than 380 children and families in Oswego County.