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Denise Busley of the Grand Traverse Pie Company receives a national award

A Traverse City business owner has received national recognition for her efforts to end child sexual abuse.

Denise Busley is the co-founder of the Grand Traverse Pie Company and a big supporter of the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center. On Friday, she received the National Children’s Alliance Community Philanthropy & Leadership Award. She says she has dedicated the last 12 years of her life to advocating for children’s rights and considers it an incredible honor.

“I am humbled beyond measure to receive this award. I try to let it in. It’s mind-blowing,” says Busley.

Busley was selected from a national pool of nominees for her efforts to end child sexual abuse. She says she is honored to be recognized for her efforts.

“To be recognized in this way is actually quite emotional for me. I have been working on this issue for 12 and a half years and I really hope the community will join in their voice to help prevent sexual abuse on kids,” Busley says.

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“We often think of philanthropy as just writing checks and me and Mike have been really lucky to be able to do that, but I feel like the reason I’m sitting here talking to you today is because that I chose to use my voice,” says Busley.

The Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy is grateful for the work it has done for children and families through pie.

“I am so honored by this award. To receive this recognition is incredible. And we hope to deepen the conversation locally and around the state,” Busley says.