April is Child Abuse Awareness Month and there are several local events that will be happening to support the Dolphin House Child Advocacy Center in Montrose, Colorado.
The Dolphin House may be located in Montrose, however, it serves Colorado’s 7th Judicial District including, Gunnison, Delta, Hinsdale, Ouray, and San Miguel Counties. The Dolphin House expects to treat approximately 200 children in 2011. So far for the first quarter in 2011, the Dolphin House has served 45 children. This number is an increase from last year.
Serving the areas abused children and their non-offending family members, The Dolphin House provides crisis counseling, medical services, law enforcement, prosecution services, and other supportive services to victims of child abuse. A child-friendly environment is provided to the victims during a very difficult time in their lives.
The Dolphin House is a nonprofit organization that relies on donations, fundraising events, and grants in order to house and treat victims of child abuse. During April, several local events will take place that will benefit the Dolphin House and area residents are invited to attend these events to help support their endeavors. Although April is officially Child Abuse Awareness Month, child abuse happens daily and local residents need to be aware of the importance of the Dolphin House and the services that are provided to these children in need.
Saturday, April 2nd A Pancake Breakfast
Applebee’s Restaurant in Montrose will host this event beginning at 8AM until 10:30 AM. Applebee’s will be serving pancakes, sausages, juice, and coffee or tea. Tickets are $7 and may be purchased at the Dolphin House or at Applebee’s on the day of the event.
Montrose Community Band Concert
An afternoon of kid’s themed music is planned at the Montrose Pavilion with a narration of Peter and the Wolf to music and other classics such as Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Incredibles. These fun pieces will be enjoyed by all family members on Sunday, April 17th at 3 PM at the Montrose Pavilion and this benefit concert is free.
Wine Pairing Dinner and Silent Auction
This event began last year and was a tremendous success for the Dolphin House. It is expected to be even more successful this year. The event and dinner is held at the Stone House Restaurant in Montrose beginning at 6 PM on Wednesday, April 20 th . There will be a different wine pairing with each course and a greeting wine. Four courses will be served: Shrimp Casino will be the appetizer, a Strawberry with Spiced Pecan Spinach Salad, Beef Wellington with Mashed Potatoes and Asparagus will be the main course, and dessert will be Cheesecake. The price per person is $75. Reservations are strongly recommended by calling the Dolphin House at 970 240-8655, or the Stone House at 970 209-9100.
Sources: The Stone House
The Dolphin House