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Paint the Town Blue

PAINT THE TOWN BLUEFollowing the tragic death of her grandson at the hand’s of his mother’s abusive boyfriend in 1989, a Virginia grandmother began a movement to raise awareness of child abuse and neglect.  Since that time, the blue ribbon has become the symbol nationwide for child abuse prevention. 

In 2005, Child Protection Center launched a local campaign to blanket Sarasota and DeSoto Counties in blue to promote awareness of the tragic epidemic of child abuse.  By “Painting the Town Blue” throughout the month of April, we hope to provide a visual reminder of the need for child protection in our community.

We are looking forward to another year of fantastic community and awareness events. Contact the Personal Safety Program Staff to learn more or get involved!



  • Evelyn & Arthur Shop and Support

    • Wednesday, April 1st, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • 1480 Main Street, Sarasota

  • Blue Ribbon Breakfast

    • Appreciation breakfast for CPC’s agency partners who help keep children safe.
    • Friday, April 3rd, 8 to 10 a.m.
    • CPC’s Cottage

  • Alex and Ani Shop and Support

    • Tuesday, April 7th, 5 to 7 p.m.
    • 1461 Main Street, Sarasota

  • Training Opportunity

    • Event for youth-serving organizations to learn how to protect their agency and children they serve.
    • Community Foundation of Sarasota County
    • Thursday, April 9th, 9 a.m. to Noon

  • Children’s Coalition’s Partners in Blue, Partnership Lunch at Safe

    • Friday, April 10th, Noon
    • Robert L. Taylor Community Center

  • Blue Ties & Butterflies

    • CPC’s signature event. Reserve today: https://2015btb.eventbrite.com
      “…She couldn’t resist the music that was already insider her. So she danced.” From The Dancing Tree
    • Wednesday, April 15th, 6 to 9 p.m.
    • Michael’s On East
    • $175 per person
    • Sponsorship Opportunities Available

  • Family Spring Fling

    • Family-friendly fun fair with health and safety information
    • Sunday, April 19th, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Van Wezel Hall

  • Empowerment Ride Passport Run

    • Register today: https://empowerride.eventbrite.com
    • Saturday, April 25th, 10:30 to 5 p.m.
    • 8:30 – 10 Registration
    • 10:30 – Kickstands up
    • Ride is open to everyone! Five stops and five stamps required on passport to be eligible for prizes.

  • Thursday, April 30th - Volunteer Appreciation Event

    • A celebration and thank you for all CPC volunteers

Thought of the Week

Education is the most powerful weapon that can be used to change the world.
— Nelson Mandela

Child Protection Center believes that informed children are safer children. Education is empowering. Advocate for personal safety education in your child's school.

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