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500 step out for children at the 2nd annual Dreamcatchers March Against Child Abuse.
500 step out for children at the 2nd annual Dreamcatchers March Against Child Abuse.
Donna M. Kshir / Donna Kshir

Saturday, May 10, was a beautiful day for a walk in Port Huron, Michigan. More than 500 individuals, child advocates and organizations took advantage of the beautiful Michigan warm temperatures, blue skys and lake front scenery to take part in the 2nd annual Dreamcatchers March Against Child Abuse; a walk to raise public awareness for child abuse, childhood sexual abuse and child neglect.

The advocates gathered at Pine Grove Park. Former Captain of the Port Huron Police Department, Jim Jones opened the event with kind words directed towards the Dreamcatchers organization and its founder, Sandra Potter. Jones' expressed his support of the not-for-profit organization, their dedication to children and their amazing community work over the last eight years.

Following Jones' speech, marchers walked to the Port Huron court house and back to the park, where they participated in a variety of family fun activities; games, bounce houses, face painting, pirates, drinks and food catered by Two Belly's of Port Huron.

The second half of the event opened with a speech by motivational speaker Terrance Burney followed by an afternoon of live music performances by The Native Howl, The Gasoline Gypsies, Emily Torres, Jessica Livingston and Caitilyn Livingston. Emily Torres and sisters; Jessica and Caitilyn Livingston brought the crowd to life with their inspiring performances.

The event was a triumph of collaboration. The Dreamcatchers organization expressed they could not thank their amazing supporters enough; Terrance Burney, Jim Jones, The Native Howl, The Gasoline Gypsies, Emily and Kelly Torres, Randy Willis,Two Belly's, Blue Water Safe Horizons, The Harbour Shelter, Linda and Michael Michilli, Parents for Safer Daycare, Pam Oziah, Heather Bearden, Ann Cuthbert Livingston, Jessica Livingston, Caitilyn Livingston, Erin Rusch, Jessica Sayers, Team Melissa, Christian Jones, Roger Larson, Donna Kshir, Philip Potter, Kristin Hartway, Tiffany Rheaume, Alexx Jenkins, Ashlee Jenkins, Justin Sproles, Caleb J. Potter, Callie Potter, Mariah Larson, Kelsey Hartway, Destin Hartway, Jacko Suisse, the family of Damien Sutton, the supporters of Prhaze Galvan, Fairfield Inn, Urban Bulldog Against Kid Abuse, Chesterfield Party Rental, Pine Grove Park, Kearns Agency, St. Clair Democratic Committee, Port Huron Fire Department, Port Huron Education Association and everyone who attended the event.

Dreamcatchers for Abused Children is an official non-profit 501(c)3 child abuse and neglect organization dedicated to educating the public. Their goal is to lower child abuse statistics by educating the public on every aspect of child abuse through successful campaigns, community outreach programs, educational materials and literature.

Dreamcatchers is currently planning their 2015 March Against Child Abuse. For all the latest news and updates on Dreamcatchers for Abused Children and the 3rd annual Dreamcatchers March Against Child Abuse, visit; https://www.facebook.com/DreamcatcherforAbusedChildren