Lawmakers promote Sept. 25 event to stop child abuse and launch first-ever online auction to benefit Children’s Trust Fund
LANSING-A team of bipartisan legislators from the Senate and House today announced a charitable event and first-ever online auction to help fund child abuse prevention efforts in Michigan.
On Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008, the sixth-annual Children’s Trust Fund Signature Event will be held at the Michigan State University Kellogg Center beginning at 5 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Children’s Trust Fund of Michigan, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
“Sadly, hundreds of children are abused in Michigan everyday,” said Nancy Moody, chair of the Children’s Trust Fund Board of Directors. “We are working to make this year’s charity auction the most successful event yet, so we have more resources available to educate parents and families and help stop child abuse.”
The event will include a live auction with feature items, such as a trip for two to Austria; an autographed Lebron James jersey; a one-week stay in Cabo San Lucas with a deep sea fishing excursion; worn and autographed Muhammad Ali boxing gloves; the opportunity to be a sportscaster for a day on The Big Show; a ride for two aboard the WJR news jetcopter; and more.
For the first time ever, supporters can also donate to CTF through an online auction at www.biddingforgood.com. The items range from a Nintendo Wii to tickets for six to attend The Lion King at the MSU Wharton Center, including dinner and a limousine ride, and many other great auction items.
“I urge Michigan residents to help make a difference in the lives of children by attending this fun and lively event,” said Richard Bearup, executive director of the Children’s Trust Fund. “We are grateful for the generous support from our sponsors and the legislative co-chairs to raise funds that will help protect children in Michigan.”
Sen. Randy Richardville, R-Monroe; Sen. Martha Scott, D-Highland Park; Sen. Patty Birkholz, R-Saugatuck Township; Rep. Barb Byrum, D-Onondaga; Rep. Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell; and Rep. Michael Sak, D-Grand Rapids are co-chairing the event.
The CTF is the only statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect in Michigan. Since 1982, the organization has raised more than $80 million and provided support to more than 8 million Michigan children and families.
Tickets to the Signature Event are $100 per person. Purchase tickets by calling the CTF at 1-800-CHILDREN, or buy your tickets online at www.michigan.gov/ctf.
Fore more information, please contact (517) 373-4320 or visit www.michigan.gov/ctf.
Editor’s Note: A photograph of lawmakers at the news conference is located here.
Posted: Thursday, August 14, 2008
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