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Michael Brush & Julie Mulady concert for the CAN Council

brush-concert_2_6_15Mike Brush once again will perform to benefit the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region as well as Friends of Music. He and Julie Mulady will present “The American Songbook” Friday, February 6 at 7:00pm at First Congregational Church (403 S. Jefferson Ave., Saginaw). Purchase your $25 ticket for reserved seating and entrance to the “meet the musicians” reception by calling 989-754-6565. The suggested donation for tickets purchased the night of the event is $20.

Freeland Lights: Seeing is Believing


The Freeland Lights annual display of 100,000 Christmas lights synchronized to musicĀ is ready for viewing from 5:30 - 10:00 pm each night December 1st until January 1st at a new location: 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 and Habitat for Humanity.

Daily shows start at 5:30 pm, and the last show starts at 10:00 pm. Early evening shows start every quarter hour and last about 12 minutes. Shows beginning at 9:00 pm last about 22 minutes and include additional songs.

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

Our building is growing up!

img_6100At 1311 N. Michigan, the changes abound! Over the last few weeks, the foundation for our Saginaw expansion was poured, the framing was completed, and the roof was constructed. The CAN Council’s newly expanded facility is truly a testament to the belief that together “We are building a community where children are free from abuse and neglect”.

Thousands of children & families will be served by our new facility each year. Watch for more updates as we work to complete the building by the end of winter! Until then, you will continue to reach Saginaw’s staff by calling the CAN Council at (989) 752-7226.

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 Jim Kramer 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 Wednesday, October 29th 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 $25, a half-team of 4 people for $100, or a team of 8 people for $200. Cheering section tickets are available for $20.

Join the game or sponsor the event by calling Delores at (989) 752-7226.

CAN Corporate Partners

Contributions from our 2014 Corporate Partners support CAN prevention,
intervention and advocacy work throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region.


Adopt a Duck, Help a Child

ducky-derby-2014-02-3Preventing child abuse is as simple as adopting a duck and casting it down the Kawkawlin River Saturday, August 9th during the CAN Council Ducky Derby 2014. Thousands of plastic ducks will begin their race to the finish line at 10 am 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 9-11 am.

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!

Ducks are also available at Castaways Bar & Grill.

Proceeds from the Ducky Derby benefit CAN’s Child Abuse Prevention Education programs working to prevent child abuse through presentations, trainings and collaborations with other agencies.

Bike Run & Pig Roast Benefit CASA of Saginaw County


Mike & Amy Beyerlein, owners of Grand Central Sports Bar & Grill, are hosting the 6th Annual Kruisin’ 4 Kids Fun Run on Saturday, August 16h. Proceeds benefit CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Saginaw County. CASAs are highly trained volunteers serving as the voice for children who are in the system due to abuse or neglect.

Register your bike or classic car for $10 ($15 with a passenger) at 10am on August 16th at Grand Central (3504 State St., Saginaw). The run begins at 11am and ends back at Grand Central in time for the evening’s Pig Roast.

The public is welcome to join Fun Run participants for the Pig Roast and entertainment at Grand Central from 5 to 7pm for just $10 per person.

For more information on Kruisin’ 4 Kids, call Amy Beyerlein at (989) 529-0091 or Delores Gale of the CAN Council at (989) 752-7226.

Chicken BBQ Supports Local Youth


Come out to Bay City’s Veterans Memorial Park Sunday, August 3rd between 11am and 6pm for the food, music & fun of The Nathan Weidner Foundation’s 18th Annual Chicken BBQ! Chicken dinners are $10 each and children under 7 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. Musical entertainment will be provided by DJ Dave Wallace.

New to this year’s event, runners can compete in the Chicken Run 5K at 8am at Veterans Memorial Park. Age group and gender awards given immediately following. $25 entry fee includes race shirt. Register at runsignup.com.

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

Tee Time!

golf-poster-for-webRegister by Thursday, July 17 for the 16th 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 21. Your four-person team will enjoy 18 holes of golf with a cart and a skills contest at Bay City Country Club. The team registration of $400 also includes lunch at the turn and a barbecue dinner.

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: 1-855-444-39111-855-444-3911


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

This is the new number to report abuse to Department of Human Services.