Tickets Now Available for Children’s Trust Fund Signature Auction Event

I’m a strong supporter of Michigan’s Children’s Trust Fund. One reason, true, is that my wife works there—Emily’s the statewide local council coordinator for CTF.

But the other reason is it does good work. CTF is the only statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to helping to fund child abuse and neglect prevention efforts in Michigan. It does this without using state tax dollars because the money to run it all comes from one of three sources: one-third from a federal grant, one-third from interest off the trust fund, and one-third from donations. Since 1982, CTF has provided more than $60 million for prevention and neglect efforts across the state, providing support to more than 6 million Michigan children and families.

While this is good for taxpayers, it is a challenge for CTF even in a good year. The challenge is all the greater in the midst of a recession.

As Michael Foley, CTF executive director, notes, Michigan families need help more than ever during these difficult times. “Unfortunately, as more and more residents face economic hardships, the cases of abused children also rise.”

So I’m doing my part to get out the word about CTF’s eighth annual Cherish the Children Signature Auction Event, CTF’s biggest fundraising event of the year, to be held on Wednesday, May 12.

Tickets to the Signature Auction Event may be purchased here.

Beginning at 5 p.m. at the Lansing Center, the event will feature silent and live auctions with some amazing items, including the following:

  • seven nights in Ireland including a countryside tour;
  • an Australian Shepherd puppy;
  • a week-stay at a villa in Jamaica;
  • the chance to be a Top Gun NATO Fighter Pilot for a day
  • a Detroit Red Wings Super Suite Package for 16;
  • a Detroit Pistons’ “Ballboy/girl” package;

and much more.

Sens. Randy Richardville, R-Monroe; Martha Scott, D-Highland Park; Patty Birkholz, R-Saugatuck Township;  and Michael Prusi, D-Ishpeming, and Reps. Bill Rogers, R-Brighton; Barb Byrum, D-Onondaga; Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell; and Dan Scripps, D-Leland are co-chairing the event.

I’ll be there volunteering in whatever capacity CTF organizers think I’ll be most helpful—and loving what I know will be an amazing buffet spread.

Hope to see you there.

For more information about the Signature Auction Event or to follow the event on Facebook or Twitter, visit here.