Blue Ribbon Campaign

Blue ribbon campaign

The Blue Ribbon Campaign began in the spring of 1989 when Bonnie Finney of Virginia lost her grandson, Michael Dickenson. The three-year-old died at the hands of her daughter’s abusive boyfriend. Bonnie tied a blue ribbon to her car – symbolizing the blue of her grandson’s bruises – and encouraged her community to do the same.

Each year in Central Oregon more than 50,000 blue ribbons are distributed locally during the month of April by volunteers and community partners to promote child abuse prevention. As part of the Blue Ribbon Campaign, we are asking you to “Speak Up and Save a Child.” It is a call for the adult community to take an active role in protecting the children of Central Oregon. By simply taking a child abuse prevention training, you raise awareness of child abuse in our community and create a safer environment for all children.

Speak Up and Save a Child

Everybody holds a piece of the puzzle in preventing child abuse. You can “Speak Up and Save a Child” by:

Find a blue ribbon to wear through the month of April at KIDS Center or MountainStar, or at local businesses throughout Central Oregon.

Blue Ribbon Newsletters

2017 Deschutes County Newsletter

2017 Jefferson County Newsletter

2017 Crook County Newsletter

2017 Español Newsletter

2017 Blue Ribbon Poster

For more information about the Free Movie Night and Pinwheel Garden in Crook County, please visit For The Children’s Facebook page.

For more information about MountainStar’s events, such as Tours, After Hours Open House, Coffee Cuppers, and Spark, visit www.mtstar.org

Blue Ribbon Partners

KIDS Center

The Blue Ribbon Campaign is brought to you through a partnership by KIDS Center and MountainStar.

Our Blue Ribbon Sponsors