More than 30 Birmingham businesses donate percentage of sales to child abuse prevention organization on April 21 during Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month
BIRMINGHAM, Mich. (April 2011) – More than 30 business members in the Downtown Birmingham Principal Shopping District (PSD) will donate a percentage of their sales on Thursday, April 21 to CARE House of Oakland County.
April marks National Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month, and as a part of building community awareness, Birmingham PSD businesses, restaurants, hair salons, retail shops and others will donate a percentage of their sales to CARE House of Oakland County, a nonprofit serving the needs of abused and neglected children while also reaching out with advocacy and prevention programs aimed at breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect. CARE House will celebrate the Grand Opening of its new home in Pontiac on April 15.
“We’re overwhelmed by the response and support that Birmingham businesses are showing, knowing that the money donated will go toward CARE House programs and breaking the cycle of child abuse,” said Brier Neel, Birmingham resident and Campaign Co-Chair of CARE House Campaign for Kids. “We’re thankful for the involvement from the Birmingham community to bring continued responsiveness to child abuse prevention, especially during Child Abuse Awareness Month.”
Each participating business will choose a percentage to donate from their total day in sales to CARE House. Two of the salons involved, Antonio’s Salon on Townsend Street and Red the Salon on North Old Woodward Avenue, will each donate 10 percent of their sales.
Other businesses participating include: Adventures in Toys, Art Loft, Astrein’s Creative Jewelers, Biggby Coffee, Blue Arch Collection, Caruso Caruso, Ceresnie and Offen Furs, Claymore Shop, Cristions, Cupcake Station, Custom Shop Clothiers, Ecology, Flash Accessories, Greenstone’s Fine Jewelry, The Italian Dish, Jax Kar Wash, Kilwins, Knitting Room, La Belle Provence, Lori Karbal Etal, Maple and Woodward, Modern Monogram, Olga’s Kitchen, Oliver’s Trendz, Pink Pump, The Purple Bear, Schakolad Chocolate Factory, Schubot Jewelers, Streetside Seafood, South, Suhm-thing, Sweet Thing, Tallulah Wine Bar and Bistro, Tender and Wachler Jewelers.
Proceeds raised during the PSD event will contribute to the CARE House Campaign for Kids capital campaign, as CARE House continues to raise the $4 million required to fund its new facility, opening on April 15, in Pontiac. Standing just north of the previous 6,500 square-foot structure, the new, larger home for CARE House will provide the space needed to match the demand for its services which have continued to grow at a steady rate.
“From hair salons to car washes, Birmingham businesses are showing their support for CARE House and also helping raise awareness as child abuse is something that affects all communities.” said John Heiney, Birmingham Principal Shopping District executive director. “We encourage residents to come out and shop, not just for themselves, but to know that each new hair style or new outfit will end up contributing to CARE House’s mission.” Birmingham residents Paige Leary and Deborah Knight helped bring this community service opportunity to the PSD.
The Birmingham Principal Shopping District serves to promote the downtown as an active, attractive, and clean place to shop for the surrounding community. The Birmingham PSD sponsors annual special events that include the Birmingham Farmers Market, Day on the Town and the Birmingham Cruise Event.
For more information about the April 21 Birmingham Principal Shopping District event and the businesses involved, visit CAREHouse.org and EnjoyBirmingham.com.
About CARE House
CARE House was established in 1977 through a partnership of Oakland County’s law enforcement agencies, the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office and Children’s Protective Services. In 1989, its expanded role helped it become a Child Advocacy Center, now the only organization of its kind in the County. Members of the community who are interested in donating or learning more about CARE House can visit www.carehouse.org.
About Birmingham Principal Shopping District
Founded in 1992, Downtown Birmingham is a Principal Shopping District (PSD), that was created to serve the community as a center for business, service, social, cultural and community activities. Its twelve-member Board is comprised of business owners and residents of Birmingham. For more information, visit EnjoyBirmingham.com or call 248-530-1200.