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April 7, 2012

Bethesda Inc. fundraiser focuses on helping children

NORMAN — To mark April’s status as child abuse prevention awareness month, Bethesda Inc. is sponsoring the Come Blow Your Horn fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. April 24 at the BrewHouse.

Tickets are now on sale.

Bethesda Inc. is the treatment center in Norman for victims of child sexual abuse.

“This is the first big fundraising event the Board and Friends of Bethesda have undertaken in several years,” said Valerie Kimble, current president of the all-volunteer board of directors of the United Way agency.

“We have a really fun evening planned,” Kimble said.

A blue ribbon is used to help raise awareness of the national problem.

The blue-themed evening will include blues music by Ms. Blues and Brian Mitchell Brody, food by Blu Restaurant, a cash bar with a Blue Wave cocktail from the BrewHouse, ticket and silent auctions of paintings, ceramics, glass, jewelry, a casino package from Riverwind, a football autographed by Bob Stoops, wine, food, gift baskets, in-home massage, spa products, a Kindle eReader and more.

Tickets are $50 per person and can be obtained by contacting Kimble at 366-8915 or

Wear a blue ribbon — or anything blue — to the event to get three free tickets for the ticket auction, according to a news release.

“People know a pink ribbon means breast cancer is a serious problem,” Kimble said. “We want them to see a blue ribbon and realize that children are suffering and there is something they can do to help.”

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