Auction event raises about $750,000 for local child abuse prevention programs statewide

The 22nd annual Pam Posthumus Signature Auction Event held May 14 by Children Trust Michigan (CTM) at the Michigan State University Breslin Center earned about $750,000 for programs around the state to prevent child abuse and neglect.

A crowd of more than 600 people attended the event, raising money to expand prevention programs in all 83 Michigan counties.

Guests with winning bids went home with a variety of prized items, including the Ultimate Lions Pride Package (four tickets to the Thanksgiving Parade and four tickets to the Nov. 28, 2024 Lions game on the 50-yard line).

Funds from the auction pay for programs such as parent support and education, fatherhood programs, family resource centers and adverse childhood experiences prevention. 

All private donations and state funding are eligible to be multiplied through Children Trust Michigan federal funding. 

CTM is a nonprofit housed within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).

The auction event is named after the late Pam Posthumus, a long-time advocate for child safety and well-being. She was appointed to what was then known as the Children’s Trust Fund board of directors in 1997 and became its chair in 2002.

Honorary co-chairpersons for this year’s event were Elizabeth Hertel, MDHHS director, and Jason Griffin, director of state government affairs, Hemlock Semiconductor, LLC. 

Joining them were Legislative co-chairs Senate Majority Leader Winnie Brinks, House Speaker Joe Tate, Senate Republic Leader Aric Nesbitt, House Republican Leader Matt Hall and House Republican Floor Leader Bryan Posthumus, son of the auction’s namesake.

“Last year, our department launched the Keep Kids Safe Action Agenda and one important pillar of that agenda is prevention,” said Hertel. “CTM’s efforts, including support for Family Resource Centers, are an integral part of that ongoing strategy.”

Last year, Hertel said, more than 13,000 Michigan families were served by these resource centers, gaining access to food and nutrition services, connecting with housing assistance, engaging in parenting and early childhood development programs and so much more.”

“With the generosity of our sponsors, donors and attendees who believe in the critical work being done in every one of the 83 counties, the event was a tremendous success,” said Suzanne Greenberg, executive director of Children Trust Michigan.

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