Tickets Still Available for Posthumus Auction to Prevent Child Abuse


Tickets are still available for the annual 17thannual Pam Posthumus Signature Auction on May 15, a silent and online auction to raise money for child abuse prevention.

The event, which is the Children’s Trust Fund’s major fundraiser, pays for services like respite care, home visitation, child development support and other targeted services, allowing local partner organizations to provide education and prevention services. The auction will take place at Michigan State University’s Breslin Student Events Center.

“I hope people will consider joining me in supporting the Pam Posthumus Signature Auction,” said Robert Gordon, director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, where the trust fund is housed. “The generosity of auction supporters provides funding for child abuse programs that are making a difference in local communities around the state.

A VIP reception will begin at 4:30 p.m., with the silent auction following at 5 p.m. Among the one-of-a-kind auction items are ticket packages with suites to professional and college sports events; a vacation in Amsterdam including lunch with U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands Pete Hoekstra; suite tickets for a Chis Stapleton concert at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids; a Belize vacation including meals prepared by a professional chef; a Hawaiian vacation including airfare; and a dinner hosted by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and state Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. at the governor’s residence in Lansing.

Online bidding – which can be done via smartphone or other electronic devices – is already underway. To learn how to bid online, visit

The auction is held in memory of Pam Posthumus, a tireless advocate of preventing child abuse and wife of former Michigan Lt. Gov. Dick Posthumus. Pam Posthumus was appointed to the Children’s Trust Fund board of directors in 1997 and became chair of the board in 2002. Sponsors for the event are Cinnaire, CNSI, the DTE Energy Foundation, Jackson National Life, Delta Airlines, M3 Group, Meijer, the United Auto Workers and many more.

The Michigan Legislature created the Children’s Trust Fund in 1982 and it is the only statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. It has raised more than $60 million and affected in excess of 6 million children and families. For more information on the Children’s Trust Fund visit

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