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 Brevard C.A.R.E.S. seeks sponsors for Family Kayak Festival

ROCKLEDGE, FL – February 6, 2013 – Brevard C.A.R.E.S. is seeking sponsors for its inaugural Brevard Family Kayak Festival – Kayaking for Kids, a family-friendly event to raise awareness about child abuse prevention efforts on the Space Coast and to raise funds to support family-strengthening programs provided to families at risk of abuse or neglect by Brevard C.A.R.E.S.

Taking place on Saturday, April 13 at Kiwanis Island Park on Merritt Island, the festival will feature kayaking lessons and tours for novices, provided by A Day Away Kayak Tours and tours and games of skill for seasoned kayakers, sponsored by Space Coast Paddlers. Those with kayaks are welcome to bring them to participate. Land-based activities include games for children and families, animal displays and education by the Brevard Zoo and local nature and conservation organizations, booths featuring information about child-serving organizations in the area, a tour of Palm Bay Police Department’s new mobile emergency response command center, and displays and demonstrations by local law enforcement and fire/rescue agencies. Lunch will be provided and everyone attending will be entered to win door prizes.

Sponsorships include recognition in event promotional material and advertising, including the festival website and social media pages, and recognition and display space during the festival. Sponsorships range in price from $200.00 to $1,500.00. Brevard C.A.R.E.S. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Strodtman at (321) 752-4650 ext. 3047 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it "> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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About Brevard CARES

Brevard C.A.R.E.S. (Coordination, Advocacy, Resources, Education and Support) is Brevard Family Partnership’s innovative, voluntary prevention program tailored to protect children, strengthen families and change lives. Its mission is to reduce the number of children entering the foster care system through abuse prevention. Since its inception, Brevard CARES has been credited with helping to reduce the number of children in the formal child welfare system by over 50%.

Brevard C.A.R.E.S. is a family-centered, strength-based, community-driven model that keeps child safety and stability at the forefront, offering a full continuum of care to families experiencing situations or stressors in their lives that may lead to child abuse or neglect. Through the concepts of Wraparound and Family Team Conferencing, the continuum ranges from meeting basic family needs, to highly acute and complex service delivery plans.

The success of Brevard C.A.R.E.S. is due, in part, to the proactive participation of the families in need. These families openly engage in the program and, with the help of natural and community supports, build upon their successes and skills as a family unit.

Brevard C.A.R.E.S. currently provides services for over 700 children and their families. Since inception, Brevard C.A.R.E.S. has provided support to over 13,000 children and their families in Brevard County.