Dreamcatchers for Abused Children, Inc.
"Dreamcatchers 3rd Annual MACA March and Family Fun Day was held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Lexington Tierney Beach-Park in Lexington, MI from 11am-12pm. Our Family Fun Carnival Day immediately followed at the Lexington Community Center from 12pm-5pm.
Dreamcatchers for Abused Children is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that has reached over 5 million viewers/followers through their website and other social media. The MACA March (March vs. Child Abuse) is a nationwide green-grass movement to promote child abuse advocacy, education, and awareness. This march features speakers and informational booths on topics including child abuse, children’s rights, child trafficking and missing and exploited children. Information on teen suicide prevention, bullying, online safety, pedophiles and sex offenders was also readily available. New this year was a domestic violence education and awareness booth with information on local shelters, hotlines and other valuable resources.
The organization hopes to lower child abuse statistics through public education campaigns and the distribution of educational materials. Free child identification kits were available to attendees as well as age-appropriate coloring books on child sex abuse.
A few hundred anti-abuse supporters met at 11 a.m. at Lexington, Michigan's Patrick Tierney Harbor Park. A short opening ceremony with guest speakers was held, followed by a community march in downtown Lexington. Speakers included Ann Livingston, a domestic violence survivor and advocate, and Jim Jones, former Port Huron police captain and associate professor for criminal justice at St. Clair County Community College in Port Huron, MI.
After the march the community was invited to an afternoon of carnival games and prizes with children’s indoor and outdoor activities at the local Community Center. The performers “Captain Fishbones and the Pirate Crew” provided free entertainment and games for the children and a magic show was performed for the kids. There was a Fun Zone area with a bounce house, face painting, tattoo table, photo ops, karaoke and coloring table along with live music and dancing.There was also be a mom-to-mom sale, bake sale and raffle drawing. Many local vendors in the community set-up resource tables, along with Dreamcatchers child abuse information tables, and handed out complimentary information to attendees.
To learn more about Dreamcatchers MACA Marches or future MACA events, please go to www.facebook.com/dreamcatchersmarchagainstchildabuse
Captain Fishbones & The Pirate Crew - Provided FREE Entertainment & Games for Children
Jeffs IGA Lexington -$25 Gift Card
Hillman Farm - Set-up and Take-Down
Bouncin Play - Discounted Bounce House Rate for Event
Bonfire Funds - MACA T-shirt Fundraiser
Brownie Troop 71421 - Handmade Dreamcatchers made by Brownie Troop; Donated Food
Dale Maddox - Provided FREE DJ Service for Event
Sanilac Co Early Headstart - Community Resource Table
Beth Eschenburg - Community Resource Table
Continental Rental (Sandusky) - Gift Card
Jim Jones (Law Enforcement/Speaker) - Introduction/Main Speaker at Event
Josh Sawdon (Magicman) - Provided One-Hour Magic Show at Event
Sanilac Broadcasting Company - Promoted our Event via Radio
Times Herald Newspaper - Promoted our Event via Media
Michigan Alliance for Families - Community Resource Table
Sanilac County Child Abuse Prevention Council - Community Resource Table