The 20th annual Pam Posthumus Signature Auction Event held by Children Trust Michigan Tuesday at the Michigan State University Breslin Center set a fundraising record, earning more than $1 million for programs around the state to prevent child abuse and neglect.
A sell-out crowd of 800 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, from sports and concert tickets to travel packages.
The previous record raised by the auction was $564,348 in 2013.
Children Trust Michigan is the new name for the child abuse prevention organization previously known as the Michigan Children’s Trust Fund, which announced the change during Tuesday night’s event
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.
The event is named after the late Pam Posthumus, a long-time advocate for child safety and well-being. She was appointed to the Children’s Trust Fund board of directors in 1997 and became its chair in 2002.
Pam Posthumus was the wife of former Lt. Gov. Dick Posthumus, who was one of three Champions for Children Award honorees recognized at the event for their contributions to child abuse and neglect prevention. Dick Posthumus was a champion of the legislation that cleared the way for the Children’s Trust Fund. He was elected to the state Senate in 1982 and became lieutenant governor under former Gov. John Engler in 1998.
Children Trust Michigan – which is within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services – honored three others with the Champions for Children Award. They were:
The annual auction was made possible by the generosity of the state of Michigan, Michigan Legislature and sponsors such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the DTE Foundation, Cinnaire and Jackson life insurance.
The honorary 2022 auction co-chairs were Amy Loepp, Children Trust Michigan board chair, and Daniel J. Loepp, president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Together they were committed to leveraging their knowledge and networks to make this year’s event the biggest success yet.
To learn more about Children Trust Michigan, its efforts to end child abuse, and where its programs and services can be found near your community, visit www.michigan.gov/childrentrustmichigan.