Pam Posthumus auction to raise money to prevent child abuse; Tickets still available for May 15 event and online bidding provides another option

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 8, 2018                                             

CONTACT: Bob Wheaton, 517-241-2112

LANSING, Mich. – Online bidding begins today at 4 p.m. for the Pam Posthumus Signature Auction to raise money for child abuse prevention and tickets are still available for the May 15 event at the Michigan State University Breslin Student Events Center.

Supporters of the 17th annual Children’s Trust Fund event can give to a good cause while bidding on Michigan-made items, sports and concert tickets and travel packages.

Anyone who can’t attend can still bid on silent auction items online – as can attendees using tablets that are available at the event.

“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 (MDHHS), where the Children’s Trust Fund is housed. “The generosity of auction supporters provides funding for child abuse prevention programs that are making a difference in local communities around the state.”

The event is the Children’s Trust Fund’s major fundraiser and pays for services like respite care, home visitation, child development support and other targeted services allowing local partners to continue to provide education and other prevention programs.

Auction items include ticket packages with suites for the Detroit Lions, Detroit Red  Wings, Detroit Tigers, Michigan State University football and the Lansing Lugnuts; seven days in Amsterdam including a lunch at the residence of U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands Pete Hoekstra; suite tickets for a Chris Stapleton concert at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids for up to 14; eight days in a Caribbean villa in Belize, including meals from a personal chef for three days; an oceanfront Hawaiian vacation for seven days that includes flights via Delta Air Lines; and a dinner hosted by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and state Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. at the governor’s residence in Lansing.

During the event, the Children’s Trust Fund will present the 2019 Children’s Advocate Award to former Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof and Hertel for their tireless advocacy for children and the Children’s Trust Fund mission of preventing child abuse and neglect. Michigan artist Jason Keusch of Portland designed the awards.

A VIP Reception begins at 4:30 p.m., with the silent auction following at 5 p.m. The event will also feature a live auction of outstanding items ranging from one-of-a-kind sports memorabilia to vacation packages. All auction items are donated by Michigan companies, businesses, legislative caucuses, families and individuals.

Bidding on silent auction items is available via smartphone or any other electronic device using mobile bidding. Mobile bidding allows anyone to place a silent bid from wherever they are – even if they can’t make it to the event.

The auction is named in memory of Pam Posthumus, a tireless advocate for preventing child abuse and the 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 its chair in 2002.

The event is made possible by the generosity of the following sponsors: Cinnaire, CNSI, DTE Energy Foundation, Jackson National Life, Delta Air Lines, M3 Group, Meijer, the UAW and many more.

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.

To learn more about the Pam Posthumus Signature Auction Event, buy tickets, learn how to bid online, or donate, visit

For more information on Children’s Trust Fund efforts to end child abuse, visit

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