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In honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, which occurs every April, Wynona’s House Child Advocacy Center (CAC) in Newark has launched its first Pinwheel Garden Challenge fundraising campaign, which will directly benefit families in Essex County.

In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the blue pinwheel as the new national symbol for child abuse prevention. The Wynona’s House Pinwheel Garden Challenge is designed to merge two key symbols of child abuse prevention—the pinwheel and the symbolism of flowers to send a powerful message to the community that when everyone participates in caring for and nurturing children, they will always grow in the right direction.

The mission of Wynona’s House is to promote justice and healing of child victims of abuse and violence by coordinating investigative, prosecutorial, treatment, and prevention services.
Wynona’s House helps create a community where children are safe, families are strong, and victims become children again. Wynona’s House is asking for a minimum donation of $25 and has set a goal of receiving at least eight donations each day. This will enable Wynona’s House to meet its goal of raising $6,000 toward intervention and prevention work. For every individual donation of $25 or higher, Wynona’s House will send a pinwheel, a blue ribbon, and a packet of forget-me-not seeds to plant in a garden.

For business donations of $250 or higher, Wynona’s House will send a beautiful set of pinwheels in a garden pot to display at your business, accompanied by a blue ribbon and a packet of forget-me-not seeds to plant. To donate to the Pinwheel Garden Challenge, go here.

“Last week, the New Jersey State Senate, led by Senate President Nick Scutari, issued a ceremonial proclamation declaring April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and acknowledging
the role of NJCA, Wynona’s House, and Child Advocacy Centers throughout New Jersey, in serving victims and helping to end abuse,” said Dominic Prophete, CEO, of Wynona’s House CAC.

“We are thankful to have such a supportive Legislature as we continue to work towards hope, healing, and justice for victims of child abuse,” Prophete said. “Through our Pinwheel Garden Challenge, everyone can support us in fostering that healing for child victims.”

In addition to the fundraiser, Wynona’s House also invites the public to attend The Wynona Lipman Project Community Forum on Saturday, April 22 at the Newark Public Library. This forum, presented by Blue Butterfly Arts & Media, Wynona’s House CAC, and The Newark Public Library, is part of The Wynona Lipman Project, a three-part Centennial Celebration of the late Senator Wynona Lipman, who would have turned 100 in November 2023.

About Wynona’s House Child Advocacy Center

Wynona’s House is an incorporated 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization named in honor of its legislative champion, the late Senator Wynona Lipman, who helped develop the Center to promote justice, hope, and healing for child victims of abuse and neglect throughout Essex County by coordinating investigation, prosecution, treatment, prevention, and supportive services utilizing the “child-centered” multidisciplinary team approach. Located in Newark, Wynona’s House is the only co-located Child Advocacy Center in New Jersey, serving over 800,000 Essex County residents and providing direct services to more than 950 abused or neglected children each year. For more information about Wynona’s House, go here.