Benefiting the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County, the 10th annual Blue Ribbon Ride Against Child Abuse, is going to be the biggest and most important ride the CAC has seen yet. 320 children and families were aided by the Child Advocacy Center in 2012. With those numbers rising, they are hoping to bring this issue to the forefront and let people know what the signs and symptoms of child abuse are. The Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County provides a safe, child-friendly site for the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse.
Karrie Damm, executive director of the CAC said, “We provide advocacy and mental health services to approximately 100 children each week. With the demand for our services increasing, we are looking to make this our most successful Blue Ribbon Ride Against Child Abuse ever. One of the best things about this ride is the outpouring of support for the children.”
The Blue Ribbon Ride, sponsored by Wheel-A-Way Motorsports is one of Central New York’s premiere motorcycle rides. This 70 mile ride throughout Oswego County “raises funds for the CAC and helps to raise awareness of the agency, the issue of child abuse in Oswego County and the services that the CAC offers to victims and their families,” said John DeRousie, public relations representative.
To celebrate the 10th year of the Blue Ribbon Ride, the CAC is hosting a celebration after the ride at Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego. This celebration begins with a family bowling event at 2:30 pm and goes through 4:30. A chicken barbecue begins at 5:00, with raffles, 50/50 drawings, live music and more.
The 3rd annual Chicken Wing & Micro Brew Fest will kick off the CAC’s events and fundraisers for 2014. Local restaurants will compete for the CAC’s Blue Ribbon Award for the best chicken wing by offering samples to event goers. As the event nears, more information can be found at the Child Advocacy Center’s website
The CAC would like the community to “Be aware of child abuse, be vigilant in the reporting of any suspicions of child abuse, and spread the word about the work of what the CAC does and the services that it offer,” said DeRousie. It also helps to support the work the CAC does by attending its events and fundraisers throughout the year.
Check out more of what the Child Advocacy Center has to offer at their website: http://oswegocac.org/