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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to recognize the importance of protecting children from abuse and neglect. The Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida (CAC), the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office are teaming up for the 3rd annual Pinwheels in the Park event on Saturday, April 6, to promote awareness of the services provided by the CAC.

In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America named the pinwheel the national symbol for child abuse prevention. The pinwheel represents playfulness and joy, a physical reminder of the great childhoods we want for all children.

The Mighty Mussels game will take place at Hammond Stadium against the Tampa Tarpons on April 6; first pitch is 6 p.m. The stadium will host a family-fun children’s Easter egg hunt one hour before the game. Custom Pinwheel jerseys will be worn by the Mighty Mussels, with select pieces available for purchase through an online auction after the game.

In addition to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office as the title sponsor, other sponsors for the event include Commercial Air Management; Edison National Bank; Emily Hunter; Entech; Florida Panther Loading Service; Hats by Hawes; Iron Ridge Insurance–HiLB Group; Karla Y. Campos-Andersen Esq.; Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company; Merrill Lynch; Nor-Tech Hi-Performance Boats; Priority Business Solutions; Sanibel Captiva Community Bank and Storm Smart.

Tickets to the April 6 game are $15 and can be purchased at, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the CAC. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact Jessica Walker at [email protected].

About the Mighty Mussels

The Fort Myers Mighty Mussels are the Low-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins and have played home games at Hammond Stadium since 1992. The franchise, which offers affordable family fun for all ages, plays in the Florida State League’s highly competitive West Division. The Mighty Mussels are led off the field by Majority Partner John Martin and President Chris Peters, and on the field by Manager Brian Meyer. Notable alumni include MLB All-Stars Joe Mauer, David Ortiz, Jose Berrios, Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano and Torii Hunter. For more information or to purchase individual, group or season tickets, please visit or call 239-768-4210. Follow the Mighty Mussels on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat.

About Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida

Since 1981, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida, Inc. (CAC) has worked to improve the lives of children and their families through a coordinated response to child abuse and neglect, offering them a safe and friendly environment in which to heal. CAC provides abuse determination services, pet therapy, therapeutic counseling, parenting education and prevention programs in Lee, Hendry, Glades and Charlotte Counties. All services are provided free of charge. For more information, please call 239-939-2808 or visit CAC is a United Way Partner Agency.

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