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Stand Up Against Child Abuse on May 16

May 4, 2018

On May 16, you can help protect some of Michigan’s most vulnerable children and families as the Michigan Children’s Trust (CTF) Fund hosts the 16th annual Pam Posthumus Signature Auction Event at the Breslin Center on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing. As the major fundraiser for CTF, the Pam Posthumus Signature Auction Event raises hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to assist the organization in its mission to prevent child abuse and neglect, providing kids with a safer, brighter future. 

Roughly 650 people attended the 2017 auction, raising $410,000 and bringing the total raised in the auction’s history to more than $6 million. All proceeds from the auction go directly to CTF programs and services like respite care, home visitations, child development support and other targeted services allowing local partners around the state to continue to provide education and other prevention programs.

In 2012, 33,565 children in Michigan were confirmed as victims of child abuse and neglect, according to statistics compiled by CTF. By supporting the annual auction, citizens will be helping the critical and heroic work of this vital organization to prevent child maltreatment from initially occurring. 

As the future of the state of Michigan, children are our most valuable resource, and the auction showcases the investment the public makes in ensuring the well-being of Michigan’s youngest and most vulnerable citizens.

CTF was established by Public Act 250 of 1982 as Michigan’s only statewide nonprofit organization solely dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Since 1982, CTF has raised more than $60 million in charitable donations to support prevention programs and services in communities across the state, impacting more than 6 million children and families through community-based grants.

CTF funds more than 73 local child abuse and neglect prevention councils that serve all 83 Michigan counties. In addition, CTF funding is directed to 37 community-based nonprofit, direct-service programs across the state. The organization also provides training, technical assistance and support to its statewide prevention network as well as promotes evidence-based services for children and families.

The CTF doesn’t receive a state appropriation. Instead, it is funded by interest income from a restricted trust fund, direct donations, grants, specialty license plate sales, income tax checkoffs and fundraisers such as the Pam Posthumus Signature Auction Event.

The auction is named in memory the wife of former Michigan Lt. Gov. Dick Posthumus. A longtime, tireless advocate for child safety and well-being, Pam Posthumus was appointed to the CTF Board of Directors in 1997 and became its chair in 2002. 

The annual Pam Posthumus Signature Auction Event is a partnership among state legislators, lobbyists, government relations representatives and local community leaders.

The deserving recipient of the 2018 Children’s Advocate Award will be Andrea Fischer Newman, who served as senior vice president of governmental affairs for Delta Air Lines from 2008 to 2017. Through the years, Newman has worked hand-in-hand with the leadership of CTF to establish first Northwest Airlines and then Delta Air Lines as the official carrier for the Pam Posthumus Signature Auction Event. That partnership has underscored the success of the annual auction and has helped protect countless children. 

The exciting evening will feature music from the Vehicle City Jazz Ensemble, cocktails, hors-d’oeuvres and live and silent auctions. The silent auction opens to online bidding on Wednesday, May 9. Among some of the highlights of this year’s live auction are an Argentina dove-hunting trip; a Detroit Lions suite package; a Detroit Red Wings suite package; a Detroit Tigers suite package; an Elton John concert in Dublin, Ireland; a trip to Barcelona, Spain; a vacation to a luxury ocean-front resort in Maui; a journey to the Great American West in Jackson Hole, Wyoming; a Michigan State University football suite package; and a vacation to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Businesses and individuals participating in the auction gain recognition among Michigan’s legislative and business communities as being committed to Michigan’s kids. 

Sponsorship levels are available beginning at $500. More information on sponsorships or monetary donations can be found at You could also donate a gift item to be bid upon as part of the live or silent auctions. Each year, businesses and organizations from across Michigan and beyond donate fun prizes, dream trips and fantasy gifts to garner high bids and donations from auction bidders. 

However you choose to be involved, the most important thing — and the best thing for children and families in Michigan — is simply making that choice. Sound child development is the key to a sound Michigan today and is the base for solid, safe and healthy tomorrow.

For more information about the important mission and services provided by the Michigan Children’s Trust Fund, visit

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The Michigan Children’s Trust Fund’s 16th annual Pam Posthumus Signature Auction Event is set for May 16 at the Breslin Center on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, A VIP reception is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. with doors opening and silent auction bidding starting at 5 p.m. Tickets are $150 and can be purchased online at For more information, contact CTF Fund Development Manager Tricia Headley at 517-241-7226 or at

State Senator Arlan Meekhof (R-Ottawa) was elected to serve the 30th Senate District in November 2010 and assumed office in January 2011. He was chosen by his Republican colleagues to serve as majority floor leader for the 2011-2014 term, and was elected as Senate Majority Leader for his second term.

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