Generating Funds to Protect Our Youth for 15 Years

The annual Pam Posthumus auction aims to fundraise funds for child abuse prevention

On May 17th the Children’s Trust Fund will join alongside a host of individuals to combat child abuse. An effort to raise funding for preventative measure, the 15th Annual Pam Posthumus Signature Auction welcomes those supporting the cause to bid on a plethora of attractive items this year at the Lansing Center. Over the past 1.5 decades the group’s efforts have extended to providing care, protection and stability to the lives of area children.

“The Pam Posthumus Signature Auction raises hundreds of thousands of dollars every year to support the important work that our Children’s Trust Fund does to prevent child abuse and neglect – bringing hope to countless families across Michigan and paving the way for a stronger future for our children,” said Nick Lyon, director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. “I hope that others will join me in supporting an event that provides valuable dollars to programs in local communities across the state that are making a difference.”

The auction is named in memory of Pam Posthumus, a tireless advocate whom was appointed to the Children’s Trust Fund Board of Directors in 1997 and became its chair in 2002.The event is the Children’s Trust Fund’s largest fundraiser and its earnings pay for services like respite care, home visitation, child development support and other targeted services allowing 73 local partners to continue to provide education and other prevention programs.

Formally regarded as a good time for a good cause the event also services an opportunity for the organization to present its annual Children’s Advocate Award. The 2017 honor will be received by Steve Yager, the recently retired director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Services Agency.

In addition to a standard auction featuring a rang of outstanding items ranging from one-of-a-kind sports memorabilia to vacation packages. A silent auction will also be made available via smartphone or any other electronic device using mobile bidding. Sponsored this year by Verizon Wireless, mobile bidding allows anyone to place a silent bid from wherever they are – even if they can’t make it to the state’s capital. All auction items are donated by Michigan companies, small businesses, families and individuals.

Standing alongside the organization’s mobile sponsorship, the evenings events are made possible in part by local organizations Cinnaire, CNSI, DTE Energy Foundation, Jackson, Delta, M3 Group, Meijer and other generous sponsors.

Created by the Michigan Legislature in 1982, the Children’s Trust Fund within MDHHS is Michigan’s only statewide nonprofit organization solely dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. It has raised more than $60 million to support programs that have affected more than 6 million children and families.

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Adam Lansdell

Adam Lansdell

Adam Lansdell is a Grand Valley State University alumnus, and currently a Communications Specialist with M3 Group of Lansing. With a passion for all things creative it comes as no surprise that he’s also a musician, movie buff and graphic designer. Adam spends his down time biking, and spending too much of his personal income on concert tickets or vinyl records.

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