Bidding underway in Children's Trust Fund Pam Posthumus Signature Auction

Child abuse and neglect prevention programs statewide will benefit from the 18th annual Children’s Trust Fund Pam Posthumus Signature Auction Event that is being held virtually this year due to COVID-19.
It began Monday and will conclude on Wednesday.

The Michigan Children’s Trust Fund, serving as the state’s chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America, facilitates, funds, and supports more than 100 child abuse prevention programs across all 83 counties.

The prevention programs include training for mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect and children’s personal safety lessons, as well as respite care, parenting support and education, home visiting and family support, among other programming.

The items that are available for bidding include a Detroit Entertainment Package including Detroit Tiger, Red Wings, Fox Theatre and Motor City Casino experiences; a week–long trip to Maui, Hawaii, and original art from Michigan artist Elizabeth Schwartz and the world-renowned Peter Max.

Registration can be completed on the auction website —

The highlight of the three-day event will be Wednesday from 7-8 p.m., when the presentation of premier items occurs along with the opportunity to virtually meet some of the individuals impacted by funding raised during this event previously.

The auction is the major fundraiser for the Children’s Trust Fund, which is within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).

It pays for services such as respite care, home visitations, child development support and other targeted services allowing local community programs around the state to continue to provide education and other prevention programs that are not funded by the state.

The event is named in memory of Pam Posthumus, an advocate for preventing child abuse. She was appointed to the Children’s Trust Fund board of directors in 1997 and became its chair in 2002.


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