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KidsFirst honors those who make a difference

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
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April is Child Abuse Prevention month, and last week hundreds of metallic blue-and-silver pinwheels were planted at the KidsFirst 15th annual luncheon, "A Blue Tie Affair," held at the Sunset Center in Rocklin.

The blue-and-silver pinwheel is a nationally recognized symbol of support for the prevention of child abuse and neglect. More than 220 guests attended the event and Supervisor Jack Duran of the Placer County Board of Supervisors made a presentation proclaiming April Child Abuse Prevention Month. Scott Moak of 3FoldCommunications and Kings announcer emceed and Michael Pritchard, comedian, performed.

This year, five individuals were honored for making a difference in the lives of young children and youth in our community. Honorees were Leslie DeDora, executive director, A Touch of Understanding; Diana Ruslin, mayor of Rocklin; Dave Horsey, superintendent, Placer Union High School; Beverly Gable, youth services therapist, Roseville Police Department; and Fiona Tuttle, child interviewer, Placer County Multi-Disciplinary Center.

KidsFirst invites the community to display pinwheels around town, plant a pinwheel garden or display in their office.

KidsFirst wishes to thank Blue Line Gallery for creating more than 200 pinwheels for staging decorations and volunteers at Grainger and National University who pounded pinwheels in the rain for the event. Thanks also to KidsFirst’s event sponsors: Blue Ribbon Partners: Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital and Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Wells Fargo and PG&E. Champion Sponsors: Hewlett-Packard, River City Bank and Placer County Office of Education. Leader Sponsors: Thunder Valley Casino & Resort, PRIDE Industries, Emulex, Placer Vineyards, Westpark Associates, Westfield Galleria, Mother Lode Foundation, Folsom Lake Bank and the Sacramento Kings Foundation. Friend Sponsors: Rotary Club of Roseville Foundation, Gurnee & Daniels LLP, Warner & Pank, LLC, All-Cal Insurance Agency, Damsel in Defense, State Farm – Scott Yuill Agency, Recology, Community 1st Bank, GFBB Benefits, JMC Homes, Placer County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association, TOTLCOM, Maki Heating & A/C, Inc. Roseville Automall, Silvers HR, Denio’s and Placer County Sheriffs’ Department.

KidsFirst is a private, nonprofit organization established in 1989 dedicated to the prevention and healing of child abuse. KidsFirst provides an array of programs and victim services that prevent and treat abuse including child and family counseling, parent education, youth groups, after-school programs, information and referrals to low/no-cost resources throughout the Sierra-Sacramento region. KidsFirst family resource centers For more information, visit www.kidsfirstnow.org.