Several groups encourage local residents to "Make a Difference in a Child's Life" during a child abuse prevention event this week.

The event on Friday will feature free food, entertainment, inflatables, door prizes, a guest speaker and free resources for child abuse and alcohol or substance abuse. A closing ceremony will help to show awareness for child abuse and honor those who have fallen victim.

The event will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the General Butler State Resort Park's front entrance.

The event is sponsored by Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County, Family Ties, 21st Century Lighthouse and Youth Services. For more information, call (502) 732-8304.