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Get ready for Mardi Gras!

mardi-gras_purple_nodateBegin preparing for the CAN Council’s 23rd Annual Mardi Gras Auction to be held February 25th:

1.    Sponsor the Auction for as little as $200. Various sponsorship levels include recognition in the Auction program or on event signage, tickets to attend the Auction, and the opportunity to provide company-logo party favors or Mardi Gras beads.

2.    Make your Auction donation. The CAN Council has successfully auctioned everything from a side of cow to a vintage Elvis statue. Whatever your treasure, talent, or trade, your donation will be well-received by 500+ Auction bidders!

3.   Buy your tickets now for the February 25th event at Horizons Conference Center! Tickets are limited, so hurry!

4.    Find your Mardi Gras beads and flex your bidding arm. Mardi Gras is just weeks away!

Purchase your tickets online today! Select your sponsorship, or make an Auction donation by contacting Delores Gale at 989-752-7226 or dgale@cancouncil.org.

The 23rd Annual CAN Council Mardi Gras Auction is presented by:




Freeland Lights: Seeing is Believing

freelandlightsThe Freeland Lights Show annual display of 100,000 Christmas lights synchronized to music is ready for viewing from 5:30 - 10:00pm each night December 1st until January 1st at Tittabawassee Township Park. Visit the Park at 9200 Midland Rd. in Freeland, tune your car’s radio to 93.9 FM, and enjoy the show from the warmth of your car! Spectator donations benefit the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region and Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity.

Take a peek at the Freeland Lights Show: visit Gary Shepard’s website or youtube.

Christmas Rock for CAN!

classic-rock-christmasCelebrate the holidays with A Classic Rock Christmas, a concert featuring familiar holiday songs played in the style of top classic rock bands, performed by the December People, made up of members of Boston, Ambrosia, Sammy Hagar Band, and The Tubes. Don’t miss this one of a kind, family-friendly, rockin’ holiday concert, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, at The Dow Event Center theater in Saginaw on December 18th. Tickets on sale now at The Dow Event Center Box Office and through Ticketmaster. $1 from every ticket will benefit the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region. Canned good donations being accepted for Hidden Harvest.

CAN Council is up for the Challenge!

scf-impact-challenge1The Saginaw Community Foundation has $30,000 to award local charities! Your contribution to the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region Endowment Fund will help us win!

During the Saginaw Community Foundation Impact Challenge, every $5,000 contributed to our Endowment Fund will earn one entry into a drawing for two cash awards totaling $30,000. Your donation, no matter the size, will strengthen our endowment and go toward another entry into the Impact Challenge! Please help us by donating before November 30.

Endowments help ensure long-term sustainability by providing a steady source of annual funding, forever. By contributing to the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region Endowment Fund, you will help keep programs and initiatives in place and perhaps even grow services to maintain and add to the quality of life throughout our region. Your gift will be pooled with many others to create a lasting impact benefiting the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region forever.

The CAN Council is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect through its nationally-accredited and award-winning education, awareness, intervention and advocacy programs. It is the only nonprofit organization in the Great Lakes Bay Region solely devoted to this cause. Founded in 1979, the CAN Council has consistently grown over the past 36 years to meet the needs of the community’s children and families.

Unique, Handmade Gifts at Holiday Re-Marketplace!


Find the perfect one-of-a-kind gift for anyone on your holiday shopping list at this weekend’s Holiday Re-Marketplace! Visit the Quilted Cottage at 7075 Gratiot Rd. in Saginaw Friday & Saturday for handmade gifts. Thank you Mary Williamson, who will be donating proceeds from her Simply Charmed By Mary jewelry sales to the CAN Council!

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


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

The Brain Game is Back!

The Brain Game ArtTeams are forming for The Brain Game! Join CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region and 98KCQ’s Barb Sheltraw for an evening of trivia fun that will test your pop culture, sports, music, history, and geography knowledge.

Flex your mental muscles and outguess the competition Tuesday, October 27th from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn Lodge. Invite family and friends to cheer you on as you vie for the championship.

All trivia players and cheering section attendees will enjoy a Frankenmuth chicken dinner. Event proceeds support CAN’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program. CASAs are highly trained volunteers serving as the voice for children who are in the system due to abuse or neglect.

Register an individual trivia player for $30, a half-team of 4 people for $120, or a team of 8 people for $240. Cheering section tickets are available for $25.

Join the game or sponsor the event by calling Delores at (989) 752-7226. Register your team online today!

Be our guest!


Free Family Fun at CAN Council Ducky Derby August 29


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.