Child Abuse Prevention Services of Tuscaloosa will host its third annual Blue Ribbon Gala Friday night at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in downtown Tuscaloosa to continue its mission of educating and preventing child abuse in the area.

The event will feature attendees of all backgrounds, including bankers, educators, real estate owners and other community leaders.

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CAPS board president Terry Banks said the sold-out event is held annually to bring awareness to the many forms of abuse children face, including physical and sexual abuse and neglect and allow the organization the opportunity to educate the community on the signs of child abuse.

"It's not a small non-profit. It's not a large non-profit, but we're doing the work of helping abused children," Banks said.

The event will include dinner and feature entertainment from The Jous Band of Tuscaloosa. The keynote address will come from Mesha Lanier, the wife of District 7 Tuscaloosa City Councilman Cassius Lanier.

CAPS will present awards to two local community members who support the organization's mission. The Champion of Children Award will be given to Jay Jarrett, the owner of Twelve 25 Sports Bar. Tuscaloosa County Commissioner Reginald Murray will also be honored for his continuous support of CAPS.

CAPS' mission is "to provide educational awareness programs that support the prevention of child maltreatment."

For more information about CAPS or to become involved with the organization, visit

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