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Child Abuse Prevention Month Events

Join us during the month of April as we turn towns blue and celebrate healthy families at various activities across the Florida Panhandle.

We want to hear from you! Snap a photo of yourself at any of the events listed on this page or take a photo of any blue bows, pinwheels, or banners you see and share on our facebook page.

April - From Blue to Better Virtual Run 5K, 10K & Half Marathon

Pensacola and its surrounding counties are saturated with 5K races and charity events.  On any given Saturday you can find some place that is hosting a walk, run, bike, or crawl event, so why add another one?  The From Blue to Better Virtual Run is a bit different.  A virtual run is a race like any other however you can track your mileage over time, run anywhere you’d like, do it indoors, and have your friends participate.  Registration is online like a typical race and participants collect a bib and medal upon completion; but the fun twist is that racers are encouraged to wear blue, take selfies, cause a scene and the idea is to get people to ask “why are they wearing blue and what’s that about?”  

What: From Blue to Better Virtual Run

Where: Anywhere you want

When: April 1st- 30th

How: Donate $25, print your bib, put on a blue shirt, get moving, upload your time and fun pictures for awards and pick up your medal.

Why: Proceeds are reinvested back into the From Blue to Better campaign. 

Register here

March 30th - Blue Bow Beach Bownanza Show us your bows Pensacola Beach

Casino Beach Bar will be hosting a happy hour event on March 30th at 5:30pm where businesses, churches, and organizations can pick up blue bows and posters to display for the month of April in support of our From Blue to Better campaign.  

Drink specials, free swag, and fun in the sun!

April 4th- Escambia County's Day of Recognition for Community Volunteers

Join United Way of Escambia County and Pensacola Habitat for Humanity for the 3rd Annual Mayor and County's Day of Recognition for Community Volunteers. There will be a feature volunteer project as part of the From Blue to Better Campaign, a proclamation from the Mayor’s Office, and guest speakers who will address the importance of volunteering.  Local National Service members will be recognized, and refreshments will be provided.  

• Location: TBA 

• When: Tuesday, April 4th, time TBD 


April 21st - Gallery Night

We will be collecting donations at the Legal Grafitti Wall with Joe Zarzaur Law at 5pm.

April TBD- Painting the Grafitti Bridge

We will be painting to Grafitti Bridge on a date yet to be determined in the early morning.  If you'd like to volunteer to help please contact

Show Your Bows!

From Blue to Better wants you to Show Your Bows during the month of April! Free bows are available for you to display at your place of business, simply call Gulf Coast Kid’s House at 595-5800. Each bow comes with an informational poster.

Get Educated!

Learn the signs and start a dialogue. Child abuse knows no boundaries and it is up to adults to keep children safe. Visit our "Get Educated" page to learn how to prevent child abuse, recognize if abuse is occurring, and how to report.