Blue Ribbon Month Kickoff Event

The 2024 Blue Ribbon Month Kickoff Event will take place in-person on Friday, March 29th, 2024 at the Heritage Museum in Santa Ana at 12p.m. Please register for the Kickoff Event here.

In the meantime, please watch last year's event, and join in remembrance and celebration as we prepare for this year's child abuse prevention month! Also, please visit the Blue Ribbon Portal under the Events tab for more information on how you can participate in this year's campaign!

Event Details

About the Event

Join Us for the 29th Annual Blue Ribbon Month Kickoff Ceremony

The Agenda includes:
  • Paying tribute in memory and support of children.
  • Hearing a countywide update on child welfare.
  • Embracing inspiring stories from local difference makers.
  • Learning about window safety and Window Safety Awareness Week.
  • Honoring adults and youth who advocate for child safety.
  • Dedicating a Pinwheels for Prevention® Garden.
  • "Creating a Community that Cares!"

CAPC Welcome

Executive Director Eldon Baber
The Raise Foundation

Pledge of Allegiance

Sheriff Don Barnes
Orange County Sheriff's Department

OC Board of Supervisors Blue Ribbon Acknowledgement

Vicente Sarmiento
Supervisor, Second District, Orange County Board of Supervisors

County Remarks

District Attorney Todd Spitzer
Orange County District Attorney's Office

County Child Welfare Update

Division Director Christine Snapper
County of Orange Social Services Agency, Children and Family Services Division


Emcee – Former Journalist/Reporter, Spectrum News

Native Californian Vicky Nguyen is a 2018 Golden Mike Award winner with a passion for telling stories that create positive change in her community. Before working for Spectrum News 1, Vicky worked at KEYT News Channel 3 (ABC) in Santa Barbara as a multimedia journalist and night side reporter for two years. Before that, she was a crime reporter for KFYR-TV (NBC) in Bismarck, North Dakota, hosted her own bilingual TV show for Saigon TV and reported for Garden Grove TV.

Vicky is a true lover of everything Orange County and is honored to oversee her first Blue Ribbon Kickoff Event!

From Resource and Adoptive Parents' Perspective


2022 Blue Ribbon and Shining Light Award Winners

Blue Ribbon Award Winner: Joanna Succar, Boys and Girls Club of Stanton

Shining Light Award Winner: Junely Merwin, Cypress College and John Burton Advocates

Window Safety Awareness Speaker

DR. DAVID GIBBS is affiliated with the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Orange County Medical Association. Recognized as an expert in his field, he consistently receives the annual Orange County Medical Association Physician of Excellence award. He has received the Marshall Bartlett Research Fellowship and the Medical Staff award at Ohio State University. He is actively involved in patient care advocacy within the community and at the state level. Dr. Gibbs believes in caring for each family as he would want his own family treated and is committed to providing the most leading-edge care possible with the utmost compassion.

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