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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!


  • Wear Blue For Kids Day – Friday, April 4th, 2014

    • Wear BLUE to support kids and raise awareness of child abuse. Share photos of yourself in BLUE on our Facebook Page.
  • Blue Ribbon Breakfast – Friday, April 4th, 2014

    • Join us as we thank all of those who have committed their careers to keeping kids safe.
    • Email ellas@cpcsarasota.org for more information.
  • City of Sarasota Proclamation – Monday, April 7th, 2014 – City Hall, Sarasota FL

    • The City of Sarasota publicly declares April as Child Abuse Prevention Month
  • 2014 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Victim Tribute

    • 6:30 PM
    • The Salvation Army, Center for Wroship & Service
    • The Sarasota County Victim Advisory Council invites all to attend in honor of crime victims and survivors impacted by violence.
  • Paint USF-SM Blue – Thursday, April 10th, 2014 – USF Sarasota-Manatee Campus

  • Ocean Blues Goes BLUE – Friday, April 11th, 2014 – 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

    • Check out the Event Flyer (LINK to attached flyer) and RSVP on Facebook
  • DeSoto County Crime Victims’ Rights Week Community Fair – Saturday, April 12th 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    • Iglesia Cristiana Pacto De Fe, 1218 S. Hillsborough Ave. Arcadia FL 34266
  • North Port Community Baby Shower – Saturday, April 12th 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

    • Morgan Family Community Center, 6207 W. Price Blvd., North Port FL, 34291
  • Blue Martini Night at Gecko’s on Hillview – Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

    • Check out the Event Flyer (LINK to attached flyer) and RSVP on Facebook
  • Be on the look out for Blue Ribbons all over Sarasota and DeSoto Counties throughout the month of April!

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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Child Protection Center, Inc.
720 South Orange Ave.
Sarasota, Florida 34236
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Venice, Florida 34293
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Arcadia, Florida 34266
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