Donations up 40 percent for state’s annual event to stop child abuse
LANSING- Donations are up more than 40 percent, and tickets are still available for the sixth-annual Children’s Trust Fund Signature Event on Thursday, Sept. 25 to raise funds for child abuse prevention efforts across the state.
Michigan residents are invited to purchase a ticket to the event, which takes place at 5 p.m. at Michigan State University’s Kellogg Center in East Lansing. All proceeds benefit the Children’s Trust Fund of Michigan, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
“The main goal of the Children’s Trust Fund Signature Event is to help raise resources to assist with our efforts to stop child abuse in Michigan,” said Richard Bearup, executive director of the CTF. “The evening is a great opportunity for state residents to gather together in support of a worthy cause-protecting Michigan’s children.”
Attendees can bid on feature items in the live auction. Those unable to attend can still support the CTF by purchasing items from an online auction at www.ctf.cmarket.com. The deadline for the online auction has been extended until September 23 with the addition of new items.
Feature items include: a one-week stay in Kauaii, Hawaii; an autographed Lebron James jersey; a trip for two to Austria; boxing gloves worn and autographed by Muhammad Ali; a Nintendo Wii; tickets for six to attend The Lion King at the MSU Wharton Center; and various college and professional sporting event packages.
“We are excited about this year’s auction items,” Bearup said. “There’s something for everyone, whether you like to travel, watch sports, play video games or listen to music. I encourage state residents to visit the Web site and attend the Signature Event to take part in this important benefit. I would also like to thank the sponsors - especially our official sponsors Northwest Airlines, Great Lakes Capital Fund and DTE Energy Foundation - and lawmakers who have contributed their time and funds to help make the event possible.”
Former Lt. Governor Connie Binsfeld and Sen. Debbie Stabenow will serve as honorary co-chairs for the evening, while 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. The organization does not use state tax dollars.
Tickets to the Signature Event are $100 per person, with $85 being tax deductible. Purchase tickets by calling the CTF at 1-800-CHILDREN, or buy your tickets online at www.michigan.gov/ctf. Every purchased ticket will be entered into a drawing for a free 52” Magnavox LCD HDTV.
Fore more information, please contact (517) 373-4320 or visit www.michigan.gov/ctf.
Posted: Friday, September 12, 2008
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