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Free Family Fun at CAN Council Ducky Derby August 29

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CAN Council Ducky Derby 2015, presented by SC Johnson, brings free children’s activities to the docks of Bay City’s Castaways Bar & Grill Saturday, August 29 from 9-11am. New to this year’s lineup of children’s activities is a visit from the McDonald Duck Boat. Kids & parents alike will get to climb aboard and explore this original amphibious military DUWK vehicle. Additional activities include:

- Home Depot kids building project
- Bounce house
- Bean bag toss

- Bangor Township Fire Department Smoke House

The Ducky Derby race itself begins at 10am with thousands of “adopted” ducks cast down the Kawkawlin River. Adoptive parents of the first 10 ducks to cross the finish line will waddle away with prizes, including a $1,000 cash award!

Adopt your duck today for $5! You need not be present at the Derby to win. Proceeds from the Ducky Derby benefit CAN’s Child Abuse Prevention Education programs working to protect children from abuse and strengthen families. For more information, call Catherine Martinez at (989) 671-1345.

SC Johnson generously presents CAN Council Ducky Derby 2015. Additional support provided by AAA, Bay Animal Hospital, Caretel Inns of Tri-Cities, Kiwanis Club of Bay City, and Walmart.

Adopt a Duck, Protect a Child

ducky-derby-2015-datePreventing child abuse is as simple as adopting a duck and casting it down the Kawkawlin River Saturday, August 29th during the CAN Council Ducky Derby 2015. Thousands of plastic ducks will begin their race to the finish line at 10am from the docks of Bay City’s Castaways Bar & Grill. Adoptive parents of the first 10 ducks to cross the finish line will waddle away with prizes, including a $1,000 cash award! Cheer your duck to victory while children enjoy FREE activities, games & prizes from 9-11am.

Adopt your duck online today for $5! Increase your odds of winning by purchasing a Six Quack for $25, a Ducky Dozen for $50, or a Max Quack of 25 for $100. You need not be present at the Derby to win. Purchasing your duck in advance ensures it will enter the race!

Proceeds from the Ducky Derby, presented by SC Johnson, benefit CAN’s Child Abuse Prevention Education programs working to prevent child abuse through presentations, trainings and collaborations with other agencies. Contact Delores Gale at (89) 752-7226 for more information or to sponsor the event.

Chicken BBQ Supports Local Youth

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Come out to Bay City’s Veterans Memorial Park Sunday, August 2nd between 11am and 6pm for the food, music & fun of The Nathan Weidner Foundation’s 19th Annual Chicken BBQ! Chicken dinners are $10 each and children 6 & under eat free.

$5 purchases a wristband for all-day access to the BBQ’s children’s activities including: bounce houses, obstacle course, inflatable slide, petting zoo, clown fun, and train rides.

Funds raised during the event support the Foundation’s scholarships and assist in funding the CAN Council - Nathan Weidner Center. Purchase your BBQ ticket in advance at the CAN Council office at 715 N. Euclid Ave., Bay City or by calling The Nathan Weidner Foundation at (989) 280-5696. Tickets are available at the event as well!

CAN News!

picture-helping-hands-2Read the latest CAN Council news online! We’re celebrating our volunteer award winners and our Capital Campaign supporters, and feeling pretty ducky about our upcoming fundraiser and family fun event!


Tee Time!

golf-image_webRegister today for the 17th Annual Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) Golf Outing benefiting the CAC in Bay & Saginaw Counties. This year’s event begins with a continental breakfast at 8:30am on Monday, July 20. Your four-person team will enjoy 18 holes of golf with a cart and a skills contest at Saginaw Valley Public Golf Course (formerly Bay City Country Club). The team registration of $500 also includes lunch at the turn and a barbecue dinner.

The CAN Council’s Children’s Advocacy Centers provide a safe, supportive environment in which children who have been sexually or physically abused or have witnessed violence can be interviewed and examined.

Call Delores Gale at (989) 752-7226 to register your team, sponsor the outing or donate an item for the event’s auction. Or register online now!

Phone Number to Report Abuse: 1-855-444-3911

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Do you think a child has been abused? Make a report today. Call 1-855-444-3911. Calls are answered every day, all year.

Wines Around the World Scheduled for June 4

2015-wine-event-logoCAN’s Twelfth Annual Wines Around the World event brings together the area’s best restaurateurs to showcase their specialties and match an appropriate wine with their food. Join the fun Thursday, June 4 from 5:30 to 9 pm at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel on Bay City’s Riverfront! The evening’s menu consists of:

American Kitchen: Mac ‘n cheese

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel: Smoked gouda pasta topped with maple-chipotle bbq pulled pork; chocolate cake trifle with white chocolate mouse and a salted caramel sauce, chocolate bark with mixed nuts, banana cake trifle with peanut butter mousse and chocolate sauce

Gatsby’s Seafood & Steakhouse: Seafood pasta primavera served with parmesan garlic toast

Ideal Party Store: Ice cream sundae bar; private label bourbon and craft beer

Latitude 43 Grill & Bar: Asian sesame chicken lettuce wraps

Old City Hall Restaurant: Artichoke chicken

Oppermann’s Cork ‘N’ Ale: Private label wines

Prost! Wine Bar and Charcuterie: Assortment of charcuterie along with imported cheeses

Saginaw Bay Yacht Club: Slow-smoked shredded pork with a volcano sauce served on a flour tortilla

Tavern 101: Tenderloin meatballs

The Gourmet Cupcake Shoppe: Miniature indulgent desserts

US Foods: Asian red braised pork belly tostadas with avocado, cilantro, radish and mustard caviar; wild-caught Pacific Northwest smoked salmon and jumbo shrimp

VNO Wine Warehouse & New Age Restaurant: Chargrilled marinated beef tenderloin served over wild rice with chipotle red wine glaze, accompanied by house made crab rangoon dip, served with fried crispy won-ton-chips

The Wines‘ ticket price of $60 per person includes food, wine, beers & bourbon throughout the evening and covers admission into the silent and live auction. Proceeds from the event will support the prevention and intervention services the CAN Council Nathan Weidner Center provides in Bay County. Limited tickets are still available for the event! Purchase yours at the DoubleTree at 5:30pm on Thursday June 4th!

Saginaw County Community Baby Academy 2015

baby_academy_2015-02Having a baby? Caring for a child under 1? Baby Academy is for you!

Register today and plan to come out to Stone Elementary School on State St. in Saginaw from 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 16. For $3, you’ll learn more about topics that interest you as a parent. You’ll receive lunch and a chance to win a valuable door prize.

You must register to attend. Call Vera at (989) 752-7226 for more details, to register, or learn of special pricing for childcare professionals.

Maximize your gift! Every dollar goes further on May 5th.

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On May 5th, 2015 from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm, CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region is participating in the Give Local Bay fundraising event. Every donation will be stretched further if you donate to our organization’s endowment fund through givelocalbay.org. The Bay Area Community Foundation is sponsoring this event as part of a nation-wide program called Give Local America, and our organization will benefit from incentive funds available for participating organizations. We hope you will consider supporting us on May 5th!


If you have any questions regarding the CAN Council Endowment Fund or Give Local Bay, please call our development specialist, Delores Gale, at (989) 752-7226.

Let’s go on vacation!

Dying for a getaway? Purchase a $20 Trip Raffle ticket and get ready to pack your bags! The winner chooses a trip for two to Costa Rica, Napa Valley, San Francisco, or Boston. The winning ticket will be drawn at our Mardi Gras Auction Feb. 26th. You need not be present to win! Purchase your $20 ticket online today!trip-raffle-flyer_for-web