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4th Annual Saginaw County Community Baby Academy

logo_baAll you need, all in one place. Join us for the 4th Annual Saginaw County Community Baby Academy on Saturday, May 21st from 10am-1:30pm at Stone Elementary School 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):
A. Beauty & Self-Care for Mom
B. Breastfeeding
C. Car Seat Safety
D. Forget Big Change: Make Small Changes & Save Money
E. Infant CPR
F. Nutrition/Food Demo
G. Postpartum Depression
H. Safe Sleep
I. Setting the Stage: Promoting Social & Emotional Health
J. Simply Dads
K. U Me Paint Experience

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!

Media Release: HONOR CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH WITH CAN COUNCIL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT
Suzanne Greenberg, President/CEO
1311 N. Michigan Avenue
Saginaw, MI 48602
(989) 752-7226 office
sgreenberg@cancouncil.org

HONOR CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH WITH CAN COUNCIL

SAGINAW, MI - April 1, 2013: Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAPM) challenges our communities to examine how child abuse affects our children and what we CAN do to prevent it. Help CAN further our impact on the Great Lakes Bay Region this month by participating in one of our CAPM activities:

April 2: Kick-off Child Abuse Prevention Month by planting pinwheels at Saginaw or Bay County courthouses.

Plant a garden of blue pinwheels, the national symbol of child abuse prevention, along with CAN staff, volunteers and Exchange Club members, April 2nd at noon at Saginaw & Bay County Courthouse lawns.

April 16: Get on the bus!

Join fellow CAN Council supporters in Lansing on April 16th for Prevention Awareness & Legislative Education Day. Your presence will lend support as child advocates educate legislators about prevention programming needs across the state.

April 19: Enjoy an evening of food & drink at the Tenth Annual Wines Around the World.

Savor the delights of the region’s finest restaurants while enjoying expertly paired wines and select beers at Wines Around the World on April 19th at the Bay City Country Club. Wines tickets are $50/person and proceeds support CAN services in Bay County.

April 29 & 30: Attend the Male Survivor Conference at SVSU.

View a documentary about male survivors of child sexual abuse, participate in a facilitated panel of survivors, and learn about local resources and support groups. Counselors can attend a CEU-pending workshop, and the community is welcome to join a luncheon with a presentation on the prevention of male sexual abuse and ways to promote healing of victims.

All April: Meet a friend for coffee or visit the credit union at lunch and buy a pinwheel.

Area McDonald’s Restaurants, credit unions and banks will sell pinwheels for $1 each throughout April. Purchase one and plant it in your office or at home.

For the 1,500 children currently living in abusive homes throughout our region, the CAN Council provides strong advocates and dedicated professionals to help end the violence & neglect. CAN also offers supportive education to parents struggling with the day-to-day frustrations of raising children.

For more information on any of these activities, contact Suzanne Greenberg at (989) 752-7226. For more information on the impact CAN is making in your community, visit cancouncil.org.

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About the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region
The CAN Council is a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the Great Lakes Bay Region 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 devoted to this cause. Founded in 1979, the CAN Council has consistently grown over the past 33 years to meet the needs of the community’s children and families. For more information, visit CANcouncil.org or call (989) 752-7226.

Media Release: FAMILY COURT’S CYNTHIA K MORLEY HIRED AS NEW CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER PROGRAM DIRECTOR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT
Suzanne Greenberg, President/CEO
1311 N. Michigan Avenue
Saginaw, MI 48602
(989) 752-7226 office
sgreenberg@cancouncil.org

FAMILY COURT’S CYNTHIA K MORLEY HIRED AS NEW
CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER PROGRAM DIRECTOR

SAGINAW, MI - March 28, 2013: Former CAN Council Board member and Past President, Cynthia Morley joins the ranks of CAN staff as the new Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) Program Director. Cynthia will lead the CAC staffs of the Saginaw and Bay county CAN offices while working closely with law enforcement, Children’s Protective Services and County prosecutors to ensure expert evidence collection through child-sensitive forensic interviews and medical examinations.

Cynthia brings three decades of experience working at Family Court to her newest CAN Council role. No stranger to CAN programming, Cynthia helped develop CAN’s CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program ten years ago as a member of the Junior League of Saginaw Valley.

Cynthia will be juggling the role of adjunct instructor with her new position at CAN. She is currently in her sixth year of teaching in the Criminal Justice Department of Saginaw Valley State University. She has served on the Board of Directors for First Ward Community Center, Junior League of Saginaw Valley, and is a Stephen Minister Provider.

CAN President/CEO, Suzanne Greenberg says, “Cindy’s “CAN Do” attitude combined with her wealth of experience in the court system make her a great leader for our Children’s Advocacy Center!”

To learn more about the role of a Children’s Advocacy Center, contact Cynthia Morley  at (989) 752-7226. For more information on the impact CAN is making in your community, visit cancouncil.org.

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About the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region
The CAN Council is a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the Great Lakes Bay Region 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 devoted to this cause. Founded in 1979, the CAN Council has consistently grown over the past 33 years to meet the needs of the community’s children and families. For more information, visit CANcouncil.org or call (989) 752-7226.

Media Release: ARTIST PAOLO PEDINI CREATES MASK FOR CAN COUNCIL MARDI GRAS AUCTION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT
Suzanne Greenberg, President/CEO
1311 N. Michigan Avenue
Saginaw, MI 48602
(989) 752-7226 office
sgreenberg@cancouncil.org

ARTIST PAOLO PEDINI CREATES MASK
FOR
CAN COUNCIL MARDI GRAS AUCTION

Artist’s Work Benefits Programming For Abused Children

SAGINAW, MI - February 21, 2013: One-of-a-kind masks, embellished by artists of the Great Lakes Bay Region, will once again be up for bid at the CAN Council Mardi Gras Auction. Event ticketholders can bid on the works of 17 local artists, including Paolo Pedini (Berkley, formerly of Saginaw), Steven Magstadt (Saginaw), and Paul Chaffee (St. Charles), February 28th during CAN’s Auction at Apple Mountain Resort.

Paolo Pedini, an accomplished artist whose work can be seen throughout our region, will have a mask available at the Auction for the second consecutive year. Of the vivid mask he’s created especially for Auction bidding, Paolo says, “It’s taken a lot of different forms until it evolved into what it is.” Similar to many Pedini pieces, it incorporates typography, which the artist says, “helps people connect with the piece. It leaves interpretation open to the viewer.” Pedini fans rejoice: the mask will coordinate with other Pedini works, including last year’s Auction mask.

Paolo Pedini may have recently relocated to the Detroit area, but he says his roots remain in the Saginaw region. He’s contributed his time & talents to enrich our communities by creating a mural for Carrolton Elementary School, a turtle sculpture for the Downtown Midland Summer Sculpture Series and drawings during Bay City’s American Red Cross Chalk Walk. Pedini has this message for other local artists:

“I challenge other artists to step-up. Contact local organizations and offer your services and make donations for events like CAN’s Auction. Your work will shine a light on Saginaw’s art community and provide you with a positive outlet for your work. It’s a great way to be a part of the community.”

Proceeds from the CAN Council Mardi Gras Auction will support the Council’s child abuse prevention, intervention and advocacy efforts throughout 2013. Discover Pedini’s mask and those of 16 other regional artists (including Brittany Miles, Cora Hegler, Jeff Pashak, Julia Rhode, Julie Goss, Kelsey Mehl, Lindsay Henning, Marcia Henne, Matt Krease, Matt Lews, Mike Mosher, Paul Chaffee, Rachael Henning, Sharril McNally, Steven Magstadt and Summer Zimmer) at the Auction February 28th beginning at 5:30 pm. Contact Delores Gale at (989) 752-7226 for ticket information, to donate an item for auction or to sponsor the event.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE MEDIA: Masks are available for the media to photograph in advance of the Auction at the CAN Council office in Saginaw. Please contact Delores Gale at (989) 752-7226 to schedule a viewing.

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About the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region
The CAN Council is a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the Great Lakes Bay Region 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 devoted to this cause. Founded in 1979, the CAN Council has consistently grown over the past 33 years to meet the needs of the community’s children and families. For more information, visit CANcouncil.org or call (989) 752-7226.

AT&T Media Release: AT&T CONTRIBUTION SUPPORTS CAN COUNCIL GREAT LAKES BAY REGION’S WORK PROTECTING LOCAL CHILDREN

For more information, contact:

Matt Resch
Director of Public Affairs
517-862-2075
mr4291@att.com

AT&T CONTRIBUTION SUPPORTS CAN COUNCIL GREAT LAKES BAY REGION’S
WORK
PROTECTING LOCAL CHILDREN

$20,000 to Support Court Appointed Special Advocate Program

SAGINAW, MI, Feb. 21, 2013 -AT&T Michigan on Friday will join Saginaw area families, extraordinary volunteers and local lawmakers in presenting a $20,000 contribution to support the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region’s Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program that trains and equips volunteers to serve vulnerable Saginaw County children in need of foster care.

The presentation will take place on Friday, Feb. 22, at 10:30 a.m., at 1311 North Michigan Avenue, Saginaw, MI 48602.

CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.

AT&T’s contribution will support the recruiting, screening, training and supporting of additional CASA volunteers in Saginaw County.

“CASA Special Advocates are ordinary people doing extraordinary work for Great Lakes Bay region kids,” said Suzanne Greenberg. “With nearly 300 children in our area’s foster care system and every one of them in need of help, this critical contribution from AT&T will help us recruit, screen, train and support more Advocates to ensure these vulnerable kids are taken care of.”

State Senator Roger Kahn (R - Saginaw) said: “CASA volunteers often make all the difference in the world in the lives of our young people. Saginaw County is fortunate to have so many tremendous individuals who are willing to invest in the lives of children, and fortunate to have corporate partners like AT&T to help provide the critical training resources required to get the job done.”

CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region currently serves 175 children, including many who have suffered abuse or neglect.

Independent research has demonstrated that children with a CASA volunteer are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care and less likely to reenter care.

Said state Representative Tim Kelly (R - Saginaw Township): “Our kids deserve every chance we can give them. We are incredibly grateful in Lansing and right back here at home in Saginaw County for the remarkable volunteers who help place children in loving homes, for the moms and dads who open their hearts and welcome them into their families and for partners like AT&T who help make it all possible.”

AT&T Michigan President Jim Murray concluded: “AT&T believes in Saginaw County and in Saginaw County’s children. The CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region and Saginaw County CASA volunteers represent some of the very best this state has to offer and we are grateful for the opportunity to support their work on behalf of area children.”

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Media Release: VOLUNTEER ADVOCATES FOR ABUSED CHILDREN NEEDED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT
Randy Dee Roberts, CASA Program Director
1311 N. Michigan Avenue
Saginaw, MI 48602
(989) 752-7226 office
rroberts@cancouncil.org

VOLUNTEER ADVOCATES FOR ABUSED CHILDREN NEEDED

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Training Begins March 4

SAGINAW, MI - February 18, 2013: With the help of a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), a child is half as likely to languish in the foster care system and is more likely to find a safe and permanent home. The CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region is offering a training beginning March 4, 2013 for individuals interested in becoming CASA volunteers.

The intense demand upon the foster care and child welfare system limits its ability to adequately protect each abused child. CASA fills the gap by training and supporting volunteers to advocate for the best interests of our most vulnerable children. CASA volunteers work independently as an objective third party and are appointed by judges to individual cases.

Judge Faye Harrison, who presides over Saginaw County’s Family Court says “CASA is an important part of our court’s effort to help children and their families. CASA volunteers help ensure that services are provided, that rights are protected and that children are heard. They help us see the case from the child’s perspective so that the child does not get lost in the legal system.”

People from all walks of life who are at least 21 years old are encouraged to apply to become a CASA volunteer. The next training for new CASAs begins March 4th. Upon completion of training, a CASA can expect to contribute an average of 10 hours each month:

–  visiting with his assigned child;

–  getting to know everyone in the child’s life including family members, foster parents, teachers, medical professionals, attorneys, and social workers;

–  observing parent/child visitations; and

–  informing the system of what the child needs and what will be the best permanent home for him.

To begin the CASA application process, contact Randy Dee Roberts, CASA Program Director, at (989) 752-7226.

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About the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region
The CAN Council is a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the Great Lakes Bay Region dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect through education, awareness, intervention and advocacy. It is the only nonprofit organization in the Great Lakes Bay Region devoted to this cause. Founded in 1979, the CAN Council has consistently grown over the past 33 years to meet the needs of the community’s children and families. For more information, visit CANcouncil.org or call (989) 752-7226.

Media Release: MICHIGAN INMATES AND THE CAN COUNCIL: UNLIKELY PARTNERS IN THE FIGHT TO END CHILD ABUSE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT
Suzanne Greenberg, President/CEO
1311 N. Michigan Avenue
Saginaw, MI 48602
(989) 752-7226 office
sgreenberg@cancouncil.org

MICHIGAN INMATES AND THE CAN COUNCIL:
UNLIKELY PARTNERS IN THE FIGHT TO END CHILD ABUSE

Prison Build Program Donates Handmade Furniture to CAN Mardi Gras Auction

SAGINAW, MI - February 14, 2013: It may be surprising to learn that some of the most anticipated and sought-after items at the CAN Council Mardi Gras Auction are crafted by Michigan inmates. Over the years, chests, tables and doll furniture, all crafted by members of Michigan’s DOC Prison Build Program, have brought in thousands of dollars for CAN programming. Purchase your ticket to the February 28th Auction at Apple Mountain Resort, and see this year’s coveted Prison Build items for yourself!

The Prison Build Program trains prisoners to build houses and housing components, hands-on skills designed to help inmates gain employment upon release. After completing a standardized building trades program, Prison Build participants put their education to practical use at a supervised construction site or on prison premises. Equally as important, the Program cultivates their ability to communicate with each other and their instructor - real skills they’ll need in the work force and as they engage with the community.

Jeff Fagan, Prison Build Program Building Trades Instructor at the Thumb Correctional Facility, says, “The guys have all done an injustice to society. This is their chance to give back. They know their work is helping the community and they want to do more, give more along with their time and effort. It helps them see themselves from a different perspective and better themselves to return back into society.”

Auction-goers, be prepared to raise your bidding arm high for this year’s Prison Build creations:

–  wine rack and wine glass holder built in natural oak

–  24″ all-natural solid oak Lazy Susan

–  traditional-style writing desk with unique wood grain pattern

–  solid wood rocking horse with an all-natural finish

–  refashioned antique doll house

–  doll wardrobe armoire and canopy bed

CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region’s 20th Annual Mardi Gras Auction will be held Thursday, February 28th from 5:30 - 10:00 pm at Apple Mountain Resort. To attend, sponsor or contribute to the Auction, contact Delores Gale at (989) 752-7226.

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About the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region
The CAN Council is a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the Great Lakes Bay Region 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 devoted to this cause. Founded in 1979, the CAN Council has consistently grown over the past 33 years to meet the needs of the community’s children and families. For more information, visit CANcouncil.org or call (989) 752-7226.

Media Release: THE ILES GROUP-MERRILL LYNCH PRESENTS THE CAN COUNCIL MARDI GRAS AUCTION FEBRUARY 28TH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT
Suzanne Greenberg, President/CEO
1311 N. Michigan Avenue
Saginaw, MI 48602
(989) 752-7226 office
sgreenberg@cancouncil.org

THE ILES GROUP-MERRILL LYNCH PRESENTS THE
CAN COUNCIL MARDI GRAS AUCTION FEBRUARY 28TH

20th Annual Event Supports Programming For Abused Children

SAGINAW, MI - February 7, 2013: CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region’s 20th Annual Mardi Gras Auction will be held Thursday, February 28th from 5:30 - 10:00 pm at Apple Mountain Resort. Join the fun: purchase your $60 ticket for the limited-seating event, sponsor the region’s premiere fundraiser for as little as $150, or donate an item for auction.

There’s something for every bidder at this year’s event: a solid wood portable bar, a weekend-stay at an Edgewater Inn condo in Charlevoix, a Bonn Bonn Charm Bracelet, ‘Saige,’ American Girl of the Year Doll, a couple’s cooking lesson with WSGW’s Art Lewis, tickets to the region’s hottest events and gift certificates to local eateries.

For the 1,500 children currently living in abusive homes throughout our region, the CAN Council provides strong advocates and dedicated professionals to help end the violence & 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 2013.

To attend, sponsor or contribute to the Auction, contact Delores Gale at (989) 752-7226. For more information on the impact CAN is making in your community, visit cancouncil.org.

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About the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region
The CAN Council is a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the Great Lakes Bay Region 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 devoted to this cause. Founded in 1979, the CAN Council has consistently grown over the past 33 years to meet the needs of the community’s children and families. For more information, visit CANcouncil.org or call (989) 752-7226.

Media Release: CAN COUNCIL SEEKING PARTICIPANTS AND SPONSORS FOR “THE BRAIN GAME”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT
Delores Gale, Development Director
1311 N. Michigan Avenue
Saginaw, MI 48602
(989) 752-7226 office
dgale@cancouncil.org

CAN COUNCIL SEEKING PARTICIPANTS
AND SPONSORS FOR “THE BRAIN GAME”

2nd Annual Trivia Contest Provides Advocates For Abused Children

SAGINAW, MI - January 2, 2013: 98KCQ’s Jim Kramer will host the CAN Council’s The Brain Game Friday, January 18th from 7 to 10 p.m. at Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn Lodge. Form a team of 4 or 8 players and prepare to flex your mental muscles to benefit CAN’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Saginaw County.

The competition will test your pop culture, sports, music, history and geography knowledge. Family and friends can join the cheering section as you vie for the championship. All trivia players and cheering section attendees will enjoy a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and desserts.

Funds from the Game will help CASA provide advocates for Saginaw children who are in the court system due to abuse or neglect. Judge Faye Harrison, who presides over Saginaw County’s Family Court says “CASA is an important part of our court’s effort to help children and their families. CASA volunteers help ensure that services are provided, that rights are protected and that children are heard. They help us see the case from the child’s perspective so that the child does not get lost in the legal system.”

Register an individual trivia player for $25, half-teams of 4 people for $100, and teams of 8 for $200. Cheering section tickets are available for $20. Sponsorships range from $200 to $3,000. Call Delores at (989) 752-7226 or email dgale@cancouncil.org to join the game, sponsor the event or donate an item for auction. To learn how to become a CASA volunteer, call Randy Roberts, CASA Program Director, at (989) 752-7226.

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About the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region
The CAN Council is a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the Great Lakes Bay Region 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 devoted to this cause. Founded in 1979, the CAN Council has consistently grown over the past 33 years to meet the needs of the community’s children and families. For more information, visit CANcouncil.org or call (989) 752-7226.

Media Release: ANNUAL FREELAND LIGHTS SHOW BENEFITS CAN COUNCIL FOR 5TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT
Delores Gale, Development Director
1311 N. Michigan Avenue
Saginaw, MI 48602
(989) 752-7226 office
dgale@cancouncil.org

ANNUAL FREELAND LIGHTS SHOW BENEFITS
CAN COUNCIL FOR 5TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

85,000 Christmas Lights Synchronized to Music On Display

SAGINAW, MI - December 11, 2012: Gary Shepard’s annual display of 85,000 Christmas lights is ready for viewing from 5:30 - 10:00 pm each night until December 31st. Visit 7320 W. Freeland Rd., tune your car’s radio to 93.9 FM, and enjoy the show from the warmth of your car! For the fifth consecutive year, Mr. Shepard will be collecting spectator donations for the CAN Council.

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.

While visitors were enjoying last year’s display, Mr. Shepard was busy developing this year’s. It’s a hobby that he’s had since childhood. Mr. Shepard explains: “Decorating with lights started at an early age, at around 7 years old, when Santa delivered 5 strings of GE ‘Merry Midget’ lights.” He began setting the blink of the lights to music in 2005 and collecting donations from visitors in 2008. He’s given them each year to the CAN Council.

From 2008-2011, Mr. Shepard’s Freeland Lights Show has raised $21,482.70 for CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region.

Suzanne Greenberg, President/CEO of CAN Council says, “What an amazing way to make a difference - bringing families together during the holidays to simply enjoy the sights, the sounds & the company. Mr. Shepard’s generosity to the community is truly remarkable and his holiday gift to CAN makes an impact throughout the year.”

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

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About the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region
The CAN Council is a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the Great Lakes Bay Region 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 devoted to this cause. Founded in 1979, the CAN Council has consistently grown over the past 32 years to meet the needs of the community’s children and families. For more information, visit CANcouncil.org or call (989) 752-7226.