April 2012
Remembering Children, Raising Awareness 

April 2012

In This Issue
Cherishing Childhood Breakfast
Taproot Foundation Service Grant Awarded
Coffee for Kids, A Tour of Safe Shores' Mission
MDT Professional Development: Investigating and Prosecuting Child Torture and Medical Child Abuse
Executive Director featured on Voice America Business Channel
Donor Spotlight - Walter & Ellen Kim
International Visitors Come to Safe Shores
Nearly $23,000 Raised From Give to the Max Day
2011 Holidays Brighter for 250 Children
Welcome to newly elected board member, Traci Hughes, Esq.  and our new staff associate, Darryl Harding!
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Darryl Harding 
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Blue Ribbon
Why the blue ribbon for National Child Abuse Prevention Month? 
The Blue Ribbon Campaign to Prevent Child Abuse began as a grandmother's tribute to her grandson who died as a result of abuse. She tied a blue ribbon to the antenna of her car to remember him and to raise awareness about child abuse. In her words: "Bruises are black and then eventually blue. Therefore, blue serves as a constant reminder to me to fight for our children." 
The Blue Ribbon Campaign has since expanded across the country, and many people wear blue ribbons each April in memory of those who have died as result of child abuse and in support of efforts to prevent abuse. 
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Board of Directors
Thomas M. Cicotello, Pres.
Cheryl Anne Boyce, Ph.D., V.P.
Mark Johannessen, CFP, Treas.
B. Michael Young, Secy.
Tanya Sweeney
Neil O. Albert
Kathy Barnes
Cyntoria E. Carter
Geoffrey H. Griffis
Kristen Howe
Traci Hughes, Esq. 
Nancy F. McConnell, CFRE
Benjamin Ogletree, Esq.
Cheryl L. Ziegler Ragland, Esq.
Michele Booth Cole, J.D., ex officio
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 April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, as declared by Congress in 1983. Safe Shores wants everyone to remember that child abuse happens every day of the year, and this month offers us all a special opportunity to honor children who have suffered abuse, violence and maltreatment, and to raise awareness about programs and services available nationwide to help reduce child abuse. Safe Shores will observe the month with a series of activities for the public.


Sunday, April 15, 6 p.m.
Get fit for a great cause at our Zumba Fitness Event & Clothing Drive at All Souls Church, 1500 Harvard Street, NW, Washington DC 20009. Admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the door and is fully tax- deductible.


Wednesday, April 18, 7:05 p.m.  

Safe Shores at Nationals Park (Nats v. Astros) 
Join us for the premiere of Safe Shores' Child Abuse Prevention Month PSA on the Jumbotron during the game. Safe Shores' staff will distribute information at the Community Kiosk. Tickets may be purchased through Safe Shores' page on the Nationals' website. A portion of each ticket purchase will help Safe Shores continue to serve children and families affected by abuse, trauma and violence in the District of Columbia. This event is open to the public.

Tuesday, April 24, 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Learn how you can prevent child abuse at our community child sexual abuse prevention training for adults. This event is free to attend, but space is limited and advance registration (deadline April 20) is required. 


Thursday, April 26, 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
Touch of Blue III at Co Co. Sala, 929 F St., NW, Washington, DC 20004. It's networking for a great purpose - helping kids! We're asking everyone to wear a touch of blue for this fun event! This event is open to the public. The minimum suggested donation is $20.00 and is fully tax-deductible.

For more information about any of the events, please visit www.safeshores.org or contact Jada Irwin at 202-645-4436 or jirwin@safeshores.org.

Cherishing Childhood Breakfast


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On Tuesday, April 3, Safe Shores will hold our first annual Cherishing Childhood Breakfast, our major fundraising event for 2012, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, DC.

Two hundred guests will enjoy a live performance by the Urban Nation H.I.P.-H.O.P. Choir, hear testimonials about Safe Shores, and view the premiere of Safe Shores' signature video. The Breakfast will kick off a series of events to commemorate National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Cherishing Childhood Breakfast is sponsored by the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Thanks to BRAVO! Events by Design for generously providing pro bono services!

Taproot Foundation Service Grant Awarded

Safe Shores has been selected by the Taproot Foundation to receive a five-month service grant worth $55,000 in expert consulting on naming and visual identity. The Taproot team will examine Safe Shores' current logo and visual branding and make recommendations for updates as necessary. 
"The Taproot Foundation has an excellent track-record of supporting nonprofits' missions in meaningful ways. We are grateful to count ourselves among the beneficiaries of a Taproot Service Grant," said Michele Booth Cole, Safe Shores' executive director. 
Taproot Foundation is a nonprofit organization that makes business talent available to organizations working to improve society. The foundation's grants supply a team of 5-6 business professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to help a nonprofit in their community.
Coffee for Kids, A Tour of Safe Shores' Mission 


Coffee for Kids Come to Coffee for Kids and learn firsthand how Safe Shores provides intervention, hope and healing for children and families affected by abuse, trauma and violence in DC!
During the program, you will tour the facility and hear from Safe Shores' staff about some of the lives we change every day. We hope to see you at one of the upcoming dates! The event is free but space is limited. 
To RSVP, contact Jada Irwin at 202-645-4436 or jirwin@safeshores.org.
MDT Professional Development:
Investigating and Prosecuting Child Torture and Medical Child Abuse
On March 28, Safe Shores held a training for DC's MDT, featuring Barbara Knox, M.D., Medical Director, University of Wisconsin Child Protection Program, and Suzanna Tipula, Esq., Director, National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse, National District Attorneys Association. 
Nearly 60 MDT members attended this training to build their skills in recognizing, investigating and treating serial child torture and medical child abuse.
Executive Director Featured on Voice America Business Channel 


In January 2012, Michele Booth Cole was interviewed by Kate Ebner on Kate's Voice America Business Channel internet radio show "Visionary Leader, Extraordinary Life." During the hour-long conversation about child sexual abuse prevention, Michele discussed her vision for a safe and happy childhood for all children and emphasized the value of the CAC multidisciplinary team model in bringing hope, healing and intervention to children and families affected by abuse. Visit www.safeshores.org to hear the interview.
Donor Spotlight-Walter & Ellen Kim 


We asked long-time supporters Walter and Ellen Kim why they choose to donate to Safe Shores. 

"Having three children ourselves, we know children learn and express feelings differently. Safe Shores' concept of expressive-therapy modalities to include art therapy resonated with us in particular because we own GRAPHEK, a graphic design studio. Our time being Ambassadors and donating to the art therapy room ensures a creative outlet for child victims to share comfortably with the Multidisciplinary Team." 
Thank you Walter and Ellen!
International Visitors Come to Safe Shores 


An international delegation of law enforcement officials from Singapore toured Safe Shores in March to learn about the children's advocacy center model.
Nearly $23,000 Raised From Give to the Max Day


The response to the first Greater Washington Give to the Max Day on Nov. 9, 2011 was absolutely tremendous! Safe Shores not only met but surpassed our original goal of $50 from 100 donors! With matching contributions and a $2,500 award of 12th place for "Most Dollars Raised," Safe Shores raised almost $23,000 to further its work for children and families affected by abuse, trauma and violence in the District. 


Thank you so much to all of our friends, new and of longstanding, for supporting Safe Shores. Together, we can (and you did!) make a difference for child victims in Washington, DC.  

2011 Holidays Brighter for 250 Children

Thanks to your generosity, Safe Shores' 2011 Holiday Giving Drive was able to fulfill wish lists for 250 children! The 2011 Holiday Giving Drive was our largest to date, providing toys and clothing for 47 percent more children than in 2010.
Many families we serve do not have the means to purchase holiday gifts for their children. Through the Holiday Giving Drive, we work to make sure that these families are able to share in the joy of the season by making sure their children receive gifts that are selected especially for them.

Note to members of DC's MDT: If you have items you would like to submit for consideration for News from Safe Shores, please contact Senior Communications Associate, Jada Irwin at jirwin@safeshores.org.