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Light It Up Blue - TBD

Over the past couple days The Family Center has been monitoring the coronavirus. Today we have made the difficult decision to indefinitely postpone the Light it Up Blue Campaign.

Our decision is based on a number of recent developments:

· The City of Grosse Pointe has cancelled our permit for the April 2nd tree lighting over health concerns;

· The closing of all schools in Grosse Pointe;

· The closing of libraries for events in Grosse Pointe;

· Concerns about attendance at the scheduled April programming; and

· The need to cancel the 3/28/20 Family Center Kick-off party;

Each of one of these developments strikes at the very heart of the Light it Up Blue Mission – to draw the community’s attention to autism and bullying in our community.
Attempting to achieve this goal during an unprecedented health pandemic would be futile.

While we are greatly saddened by this postponement, we are not by any means canceling the Light it Up Blue campaign or disbanding the Light it Up Blue Committee.
When the time is right to proceed with the campaign we will be in touch and continue where we left off.

Stay tuned here for further information as available

On April 2nd iconic landmarks all over the globe are illuminated blue to raise awareness of autism throughout the world.  This year, The Family Center is launching a campaign to #TurnGPBlue to raise awareness of autism and bullying in our own community.




The National Center for Education Statistics reports that in 2017, approximately 20% of students ages 12-18 reported being bullied; school age children on the autism spectrum are 63% more likely to experience bullying. By lighting up the Grosse Pointes with blue lights we are demonstrating our support for the families in our community who are affected by autism and bullying. 


Beyond lighting the community blue, The Family Center will be offering educational programs that address issues related to autism and bullying to both students and our community at large. The Family Center educational programs will be held on future dates when we are able to safely congregate.  Stay tuned here or to our Facebook page for more details.

Bullying 101: What Parents Need to Know and What They Can Do
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he Autism Network: Navigating the Special Education Process
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Meltown Magic: De-escalation Techniques and Recreational Therapy
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Recognizing Characteristics of Autism and What to do Next
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We are encouraging businesses, schools, libraries, municipalities, non-profits, private clubs, hospitals, and residents to participate.  There is no right or wrong way to #TurnGPblue!  A variety of blue lights/lightbulbs and spotlights are available at hardware stores, party stores, or online.  Balloons, glow paint, ribbons; be creative to show your support for our children from April 2nd – April 5th!


At The Tree Lighting Ceremony


The Village in Grosse Pointe

At the corner of St. Clair and Kercheval





Living in a vibrant community is important to each of us. A community is vibrant when it demonstrates concern for every one of its members and promotes trust and acceptance.  By helping us light up Grosse Pointe you will not only be making a visible display of support for friends and neighbors who are affected by autism and bullying, but you will also help us make a stronger community. Please join us! 

Supporting Organizations/Businesses - as of 3/12/

Allemon's Landscape Center
Antonelli Financial Advisors
Best Choice

Cabbage Patch Saloon
Calico Corners
City Kitchen
City of Grosse Pointe Farms
City of Grosse Pointe Woods
Cleland Collaborative Solutions
David, The Salon
Katie Doelle - Honest Opinion Design

Eleanor & Edsel Ford Estate

Full Circle Foundation

Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce
Grosse Pointe News

Grosse Pointe Public Library

Grosse Pointe Public Schools

Grosse Pointe Theatre

Hartmann & Nihem PLLC
The Helm at the Boll Life Center

Henry Ford Hospital - Cottage
Kercheval Company

Kids On The Go
Neighborhood Club
St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic School

St. Paul on the Lake Catholic School
The League Shop
The Whisky Six
Village Palm