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Dine & Unwind with a Cause in Mind

dineunwind_logo_dark_vertical-011Dine & Unwind (formerly Wines Around the World) brings together area restaurants to showcase their specialties and match an appropriate wine with the food. This is an excellent networking opportunity and allows novice as well as experienced wine enthusiasts to sample a variety of wines.

The CAN Council’s 14th Annual Dine & Unwind takes place on Friday, April 28th from 5:30 to 9pm at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel on Bay City’s Riverfront. Your $75 ticket includes fine food, expertly-paired wine, beers, and bourbon throughout the evening and covers admission into the silent and live auction. You’ll also be able to take part in a 50/50 raffle and new to this year’s event, an exciting trip raffle. Reserve a room and make an evening out of it!

Your support is necessary to the CAN Council’s daily operations throughout the coming year. Ultimately, we’ll protect more Bay County children and support more families with the revenue from this event. Consider contributing to the critical work of the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region – Bay County by donating an auction item, sponsoring the event, or purchasing your Dine & Unwind ticket. For more information, call Delores Gale at (989) 752-7226.

It’s Mardi Gras Time!

mardi-gras_purple_nodateThe CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region’s Mardi Gras Auction has grown to become the region’s premiere fundraising event and you won’t want to miss it! The CAN Council’s 24th Annual Mardi Gras Auction takes place Thursday, February 23rd from 5:30-10pm at Horizons Conference Center.

For the 900+ children currently living in abusive homes throughout our region, the CAN Council provides strong advocates and dedicated professionals to help end the violence and neglect. CAN also offers supportive education to parents struggling with the day-to-day frustrations of raising children. CAN’s Mardi Gras Auction is the Council’s largest fundraiser and ensures continuation of these services throughout 2017.

Join the fun! Click here to purchase your $75 ticket for the limited-seating event, sponsor the region’s premiere fundraiser for as little as $200, or donate an item for auction. Guests will enjoy a plated dinner, a condensed program prior to the live auction, and entertaining Mardi Gras festivities throughout the night. In the meantime, visit our Facebook page in the coming weeks for sneak peeks at the fabulous auction items you’ll have the chance to bid on at the event!

Claim your exclusive Mardi Gras crown beads today! Our sponsors will be donning special crown beads, and all contributors will receive proper recognition the night of the event. To sponsor or contribute to the Auction, call Delores Gale at (989) 752-7226. With your support, it’s sure to be an evening of fine food, Mardi Gras fun, and flair!

Celebrating Local Superheroes

14884-hockey_logo_black_outline-01The CAN Council’s Superhero Hockey Night is a new event recognizing and celebrating local child advocacy superheroes during the Saginaw Spirit hockey game on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at the Dow Event Center.

Join us! Fundraising tickets for this event are being sold at the special price of $13 each for upper level seating and can be purchased at the Saginaw Spirit office (please mention the CAN Council), at either CAN Council office, and from a CAN Council board or staff member. Tickets may also be purchased online using the group ticket link: https://www.saginawspirit.net/groupsales/ with the username: cancouncil, password: spirit. These are the ONLY ways that the CAN Council will receive the $5 back per ticket for this fundraiser.

During the game, the CAN Council will present Gary & Laura Shepard and their family with the first-ever CAN Council Superhero Awards, which are given to individuals who are making a positive impact on the lives of children throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region. Please join us in honoring the Shepard Family, our 2017 CAN Council Superheroes.

Consider the CAN Council this Holiday Season

I was 12 years old when my mother’s rights were terminated because she failed to protect me from a sexual predator in our home. I was placed into a foster home. With the help of my CASA, I felt more comfortable through the court proceedings, and I am now adapting to my new environment.“ For this 12 year old, your support to the CAN Council has provided her with a trained Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer to be her voice throughout the court process to define a permanent plan for her!

Parenting does not come with a how-to book. From the first day I had my children, I worried about making the best choices for them. I found the parenting classes through the CAN Council’s Child Abuse Prevention Education Program (CAPE), and it helped me to gain confidence in my parenting. I learned techniques such as communication, how to parent my children’s hearts, and to provide for their needs.” For this parent, our Incredible Years series has given her the confidence to face a new day and be the best version of herself for her children.

These program successes simply wouldn’t be possible without you! From our CAC, which provides a safe place for all children who enter through our doors; to the CASA program, which gives children a voice and a friend; and finally the CAPE programs, that help parents, grandparents, future parents, and community members learn different aspects of Child Abuse Prevention through parenting support and education; these programs change lives daily.


You are a big part of our success. The fast-paced growth we have been able to achieve after expanding into Bay County shouldn’t surprise us, because the need for our programs in Bay and Saginaw Counties has been evident for years. Our success stories, and the community that we serve, show us every day that what we do matters. It also shows us that there is more work to do.

Please consider supporting the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region this holiday season. Together, we can help provide more CASA volunteers to foster children, and more programs to help parents care for themselves and their children. You CAN make a difference with your gift of any amount; donate today.

Art Van Charity Challenge


The Art Van Charity Challenge is a friendly fundraising competition that puts the power of positive change in your hands. Support the CAN Council’s Child Abuse Prevention Education (CAPE) Program; it’s easy! Donate today!

18th Annual Children’s Advocacy Center Golf Outing


Join us Monday, July18th at Apple Mountain for our 18th Annual Golf Outing benefiting our Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs). Begin the day with breakfast at 8:30am and the shotgun start at 9:30am. Entertain clients, reward employees, and showcase your company (and amazing golf skills), all while helping raise money to support our Children’s Advocacy Centers. Click here to learn more about the services our CACs provide to children and families throughout the region.

Show your support. Be an event sponsor! Want to see you company’s name on our sponsor board and future communications? Please complete and return the sponsor form, and we will contact you with details. Or, call Cindy Morley or Delores Gale at (989) 752-7226 for more information.

Golf Team Registration
Register and pay for a foursome by May 31st and qualify for the $450 early bird rate! Pay $500 per team after May 31st. Space is limited; click here to register now!

5th Annual Saginaw County Community Baby Academy

ba-logo_2017All you need, all in one place. Join us for the 5th Annual Saginaw County Community Baby Academy on Saturday, May 20th from 10am-1:30pm at St. Mary’s of Michigan Health Education Center in Saginaw.

The Baby Academy offers a variety of helpful child-rearing resources all in one place. Participants will be able to visit booths selling products for children and families. Attendees also can sign up for two breakout sessions. During these sessions, parents, and family members will gain valuable insight on parenting topics and how to be the best parent or caregiver possible.

Breakout Session Choices (participants can choose two):
• Breastfeeding
• Early Literacy
• Five Protective Factors
• Infant CPR
• Nutrition/Food Demo
• Safe Sleep
• Simply Dads
• Yoga

Expectant parents and parents with babies up to 1-year-old are invited to attend, as are grandparents and other key support persons. Childcare professionals also are welcome. Box lunches and beverages will be provided.

Space is limited! Pre-registration is required. Call Vera Harrison at (989) 752-7226 or e-mail vharrison@cancouncil.org. Upon registration, participants will be entered to win wonderful prizes related to raising a child!

Give Where You Live. Give Local.

bacf-logoThe Bay Area Community Foundation realizes the importance of endowment building for non-profit organizations. They help ensure long-term sustainability by providing a steady source of annual funding, forever.

By contributing to the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region – Bay County Endowment Fund, you will help keep programs and initiatives in place and grow services to maintain and add to the quality of life in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Your gift will be pooled with many others to create a lasting impact benefiting the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region.

give-local-bay-2The Bay Area Community Foundation is sponsoring a ‘Give Local Bay’ day of giving on Tuesday, May 3rd. This is a powerful 24-hour online fundraising competition that raises money through a single online donation platform: www.givelocalbay.org. Every donation made in the 24-hour period will be eligible for incentive pool funds totaling $35,000, the more that CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region raises the more incentive money we receive! Hourly prizes are also awarded to non-profits throughout the day. Think of the impact you can make on the entire community if you Give Local!

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

pinwheelChild Abuse Prevention Month challenges our community to examine the impact of child abuse and what we CAN do to prevent it. Annually, we partner with local businesses to sell pinwheels or to plant pinwheel gardens throughout the region. The pinwheel is the national symbol for child abuse prevention and represents the healthy, happy, and full life all children deserve. Last year, over 5,000 pinwheels were sold throughout Bay and Saginaw counties, and over 2,000 pinwheels were planted in pinwheel gardens!

Join our efforts this year by planting a “garden” of pinwheels, or by selling pinwheels at your facility. The CAN Council will supply you with all the materials you will need to successfully promote your pinwheel sales or garden! By participating, you show your commitment to the safety of our children. To get involved or for more information, please give us a call at (989) 752-7226.

Other ways to get involved:

2017 April Child Abuse Prevention Month Activities

Friday, March 31st: Bay County Kick-Off Event: Pinwheel Planting, Bay County Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS), front lawn

Tuesday, April 4th: Saginaw County Kick-Off Event: Pinwheel Planting, Saginaw County Courthouse (111 S. Michigan Avenue, Saginaw)

Thursday, April 27th: Get on the Bus to Lansing for Prevention Awareness Day

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.