April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and non-profit organization, One Hope United, kicks off their Chicago-based campaign in a big way next Thursday at 25 Degrees.
The Blue Ribbon Campaign was started by Bonnie Finney in 1989 after her granddaughter was beaten and her grandson murdered by her daughter’s boyfriend. When asked about the significance of the blue ribbon, Bonnie replied:
“Why the color blue? I never intend to forget the battered, bruised bodies of my grandchildren.”
One Hope United helps prevent child abuse by providing intensive support services to families at risk of abuse and neglect. Last year, the organization served more than 4,500 families through its child abuse prevention programs, and 98 percent of families served had no reports of abuse.
Go Blue 4 OHU marks a month of public awareness, education and fundraising efforts designed to sustain and advance One Hope’s child abuse prevention work.
On Thursday, the Go Blue Chicago Committee and Eras of Hope Executive Committee host this special evening to get the city engaged in the cause and excited about all of the different ways to get involved in April.
General admission ticket prices to OHU’s Go Blue Chicago fundraiser, Eras of Hope, happening on Friday, April 25th at The Underground, go up in price from $50 to $65 on April 1st. Discounted tickets will be sold at the original $50 price point for one night only on Thursday. Everyone who purchases a ticket to Eras during the kick-off will receive a blue ribbon pin to signify their support for the mission.
Guests will also have the opportunity to sign up for the Million March Against Child Abuse, taking place on Saturday, April 5th, as part of the One Hope United team. Participation in the march is free, and the first 30 people to register will receive a free One Hope United t-shirt.
Madrid Perry, resident DJ at Untitled, Public Hotels, and owner of White Label DJ Collaborative provides the soundtrack for the evening.
The event is free to attend, and 25 Degrees will generously donate a percentage of sales to support One Hope’s Go Blue campaign.
The Go Blue Chicago Campaign Kick-Off happens on Thursday, April 3rd at 25 Degrees (736 N. Clark) from 6:00PM -10:00PM. For more information on the Go Blue campaign, visit www.goblue4ohu.org.