The Family Center News


The Exchange Club of Mobile’s 12th Annual Luck of the Irish Cook Off.



April 2011

Best Irish Theme Tent:

1st Place: The Family Center
2nd Place: Land Shark Promotions
3rd Place: Shannon’s Shamrock Shed

Best Corned Beef & Cabbage:

1st Place:74 Club & Blues Tavern
2nd Place: Morris Insurance Agency
3rd Place: The Everette Agency

Best Irish Stew:

1st Place: Conde Caveliers
2nd Place: Strickland/Altapointe/Bridge
3rd Place: The Sessions Team

Best Irish Themed Float:

1st Place: Serenity Funeral Home
2nd Place: Mobile Mystics

Best NonFloat Group:

1st Place: O’Fooligan Holligan
2nd Place: Daughters of Grace O’Malley

Most Spirited Float Crew:

1st Place: Mobile Mystics
2nd Place: Conde Caveliers

Best Carnival Themed Float:

1st Place: Mobile Mystics
2nd Place: Conde Caveliers

People’s Choice Award:

1st Place: Shannon’s Shamrock Shed
2nd Place: The Everette Agency
3rd Place: The Family Center

The Mobile Exchange Club's 20th Anniversary Auction for Action

View Photos from the 10th Annual Luck of the Irish Cook-Off and Parade

The Family Center Quarterly Newsletters

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MArch Newsletter

November 2011



The New Mobilians presented a check for $2,000 to the Family Center of Mobile

April 2011

The money was raised at their annual charity auction. From left are New Mobilians president Diane Gorr, recording secretary Evie Sutherland, Family Center Director,. Lydia Pettijohn and New Mobilians first Vice President Debra Bryant. (Courtesy of the New Mobilians) The New Mobilians presented a check for $2,000 to the Family Center of Mobile at the April luncheon meeting. The money was raised at the New Mobilians’ annual charity auction. For details on New Mobilians, visit The funds will be used to purchase a new copier for the agency.



Family Center places 'pinwheels for prevention' at hospital park

April 2011 - By Press-Register Correspondent

Barefoot and determined, Lydia Pettijohn, executive director of the Family Center, with the help of a few volunteers, placed 500 blue pinwheels in the hardened earth around the oak trees in the Geri Moulton’s Children’s Park off Spring Hill Avenue on April 7. The “pinwheels for prevention” are part of The Winds of Change national campaign during April’s Child Abuse Prevention Month and are a symbol to encourage the community to support healthy, nurturing and positive parent-child interactions.


Wells Fargo


In first visit to Mobile, stagecoach gives rides to children at Whitley Elementary; Days of Giving grants to 19 local non-profits also celebrate Wells Fargo’s arrival


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USA Children's Park gains new sculptures

May 22, 2010, 10:45PM - By Press-Register Correspondent

MOBILE, Ala. -- In April, 400 blue pinwheels spun in the breeze at Geri Moulton Children’s Park under three large oak trees in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month, placed there by The Family Center’s Lydia Pettijohn with the help of CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates.

The pinwheels are gone, but there is still movement among the life-size bronze sculptures in the park.
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Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 2010

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect and encourage individuals and communities to support children and families. Learn more about the history of the month, see examples of Presidential and State proclamations, and find strategies for engaging communities and supporting families.




To strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect by providing free education, training and support to parents and caregivers in Southwest Alabama.


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